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Growing My Dough: The Latest Look at My Portfolio

by Luke Landes
Grow Your Dough May

CNN is sounding the alarm bells. The “Fear and Greed Index,” which is a strange measure of market sentiment, has passed the threshold into the “extreme greed” level.CNN is sounding the alarm bells. The “Fear and Greed Index,” which is a strange measure of market sentiment, has passed the threshold into the “extreme greed” level. ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Betsey S, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Betsey - Naked With Cash April 2014

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Laura and Leon, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Laura and Leon - Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Let Contractors Rip You Off

by Mitch Lipka

It’s the height of home repair season, a time when established contractors are often in demand and unavailable. That’s a big opportunity for the fly-by-night operators to step in. Hiring a contractor to do work on your home, whether it’s a relatively small job or a major renovation, is a big deal. For most consumers, ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Brian, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Brian - Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Be Taken Advantage of When You Refinance

by Lin Yang

You’ve defined your refinancing goals – but making the wrong choices before you refinance could prevent you from getting the lowest mortgage rate, weighing you down for years with a large monthly payment or private mortgage insurance (PMI). How can you steer the process and get lenders to offer you their best mortgage rate? Position ... Continue reading this article…

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One Simple Trick to Save Big On Your Mortgage

by Lin Yang

By: Yael Grauer According to a 2012 study* performed for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, comparing multiple quotes can save you big. The study found that someone borrowing $200,000 saves thousands simply by considering 4 mortgage quotes. That’s why it’s important to understand how to become a “savvy shopper” and find the best ... Continue reading this article…

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Get the Most Value From Frequent Flyer Miles

by Mitch Lipka

Whether you’re the most frequent of frequent flyers or someone who is more likely to have miles expire, understanding the real value of what you’ve earned is the key to making the right choices as a consumer. With miles programs constantly being changed and consumers’ loyalties challenged, those with frequent flyer miles have to decide ... Continue reading this article…

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