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The Spam Stock Portfolio

by Luke Landes

I get mounds of spam every day, a good portion of which is full of stock recommendations. Joshua received similar emails, and decided to put the unsolicited advice to the test. How well would you guess this portfolio performed? What if I purchased 1000 shares of stock from EVERY stock tip mentioned in a SPAM ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Sheet, September 2005

by Luke Landes

What follows is my personal balance sheet for the end of September, 2005. Thankfully, my net worth has made some gains this month. Some of that was due to increased value in my investment accounts and some was due to receiving three paychecks this month. Since I get paid every other Friday, the calendar rewarded ... Continue reading this article…

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Emigrant Direct Raises Rates and Offers Rebate Credit Card

by Luke Landes

For the latest information on the Emigrant Direct Rebate Credit Card, click here (January 2006). Emigrant Direct raised interest rates on its savings account to a wonderful 4.0 percent APY today, possibly to coincide with the Federal Reserve Bank’s increase of 25 basis points. I have updated the latest checking and savings rates table to include ... Continue reading this article…

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What Are You Afraid Of? Part 2

by Luke Landes

Earlier, I posted a summary of the first half of Money Magazine’s newest feature, Your Six Biggest Money Fears. In the feature, six general fears regarding personal finance are discussed and debunked, and for each an alternate concern is posited. Outsourcing makes many white-collar Americans concerned about their job. Still, it’s mostly blue-collar jobs that ... Continue reading this article…

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Emergency Funds, Doing Okay?

by Luke Landes

We hear all the time how Americans are not saving enough for emergencies. The “Emergency Fund” is heralded as the first step in getting a sound financial footing, before thoughts about investing in stocks or making large purchases enter the brain. The idea of putting aside cash for a (very) rainy day has been a ... Continue reading this article…

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Gas-Guzzlers Downshift

by Luke Landes

Coult it be that American consumers have started turning thier backs to gas-guzzling monster machines? From CNN: * Large SUV sales are 11.2 percent lower than they were at this time last year, according to AutoData. * In the “beige book” released Wednesday, the Federal Reserve reported a shift to vehicles that use less gas. ... Continue reading this article…

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ShareBuilder $50 Promotion Updated

by Luke Landes

Click here for the latest Sharebuilder promotion, a $50 bonus. I have been participating in ShareBuilder’s $50 bonus promotion which offers the free cash to those who open a new account online with a certain coupon code. Originally, I funded the account with $50 from my checking account and invested in $46 worth of IYZ, ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Sheet, August 2005

by Luke Landes

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the monthy progress report. The good news is my balances went up this month. The bad news is that it wasn’t by much. If I get around to posting my income sheet for the month, we’ll be able to see where the problems lie. I keep adding ... Continue reading this article…

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