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Revisiting The Housing Bubble, Part 1

by Luke Landes

Fortune Magazine is taking a look at the hotly-debated housing bubble and offers some questions that homeowners should be asking in times of market uncertainty. Is it time to cash out? The article praises one family’s attempt to get out of the real estate market ahead of others who may do the same — mostly ... Continue reading this article…

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Suze Orman’s Tips For 2006, Part 4

by Luke Landes

This is the final part in a short series about Suze Orman’s advice for 2006, which is not about 2006, specifically. Watch Your Identity. There’s good advice here. Don’t pay for credit monitoring services because you can do it for free. Everyone in the United States is entitled to one free credit report from each ... Continue reading this article…

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True Meaning

by Luke Landes

Around this time of year, we like to recognize that the holiday season is not about exchanging gifts, spending money, and supporting the economy, but more about family, peace and possibly reigion or heritage — the centuries-old “traditional” Christmas-related values. This History Channel has a nice feature online about the Real Story of Christmas, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Stein Wears A Small Cap

by Luke Landes

In Ben Stein’s column this week, he offers ideas for smartly investing in small caps, which have outperformed the broader market. The article makes me want to buy $1,500 of iShares S&P Smallcap 600 Value [IJS] right now through ShareBuilder and hold onto the investment as long as possible. In the article Ben talks about ... Continue reading this article…

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New Jersey Nest Eggs Incubating

by Luke Landes

A.G. Edwards has compiled results from a survey and has developed a “Nest Egg Index.” The statistics measured include participation in retirement plans, debt levels, home ownership — all major contributors to net worth. I found some items within the results personally interesting: My home state of New Jersey tops the index [cnn] of states, ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Sheet and Income Statement, November 2005

by Luke Landes

It’s that time again. Time to own up to the facts and share my detailed financial position with the world. Continue reading this post to see if this has been a good month or a not-quite-as-good month. First my net worth, then my income and expenses.

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Taking a Pay Cut Sometimes Pays Off

by Luke Landes

At the moment I’m writing this entry, 85 percent of respondents to an informal CNN Money survey say they’d be willing to take a pay cut if the situation was right, while the other 15 percent would not consider such a move. According to Jeanne Sahadi, who speaks from personal experience, there are situations where taking a ... Continue reading this article…

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Thank Your First Commenter Day

by Luke Landes

In honor of Thank Your First Customer Day, I’d like to thank Darren R. Sussman, who was the first commenter on Consumerism Commentary (out of 1,127 comments), and he commented on the entry entitled, Owning a Home, Owing Money. Here is what he wrote: Well, of course. Buying a house is an investment, and a ... Continue reading this article…

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