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Monthly Update – February

by Luke Landes

Two things helped to stabilize my net worth over the past month. First of all, the bonus, although relatively small, helped me out. Unfortunately, that money will go to my car insurance payment and the balance due on my taxes. Secondly, the market turned upwards in February, so my investments gained some value, although that ... Continue reading this article…

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Housing Market Update

by Luke Landes

According to the National Association of Realtors, Florida had some nice gains in real estate values between the fourth quarter of 2003 and the fourth quarter of 2004, but Las Vegas, Nevada is on top. Here’s the full chart.

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A Very Expensive Quarter Dollar

by Luke Landes

Two different errors on the Wisconsin quarter dollar is causing coins containing one of the errors to be valued up to $1,100, with the possibility of prices going up. Coin World reports that only coins struck at the Denver Mint are affected. State quarters have a mint mark on the “head” side of either “P” ... Continue reading this article…

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Cash Decreasing

by Luke Landes

January has been a tough month. My available cash has been decreasing and my investments didn’t do too well. Read the rest of the article to see the chart. I came out ahead, but barely, even taking into account the fact I was snowed in one weekend and didn’t go out and I was sick ... Continue reading this article…

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2004 Investment Performance

by Luke Landes

According to my Microsoft Money 2004 report, my investments did well in 2004. My 401(k) produced a 23.9 percent return over the year, not accounting for my employer match, just the change in fund values. My Roth IRA delivered a 17.2 percent return. I have a regular investment account that provided me with a less impressive 6.8 percent ... Continue reading this article…

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Super Saver

by Luke Landes

This is what I should be thinking about for 2005. The article paints a picture of Rick Kuhlman who has found some ways to save that I think could apply to me. He replaced all the lightbulbs in his house with energy-efficient ones. At first I thought that it would be better to wait for ... Continue reading this article…

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401(k) Exploitation

by Luke Landes

Robert Powell has written an article entitled, Seven ways to fully exploit your 401(k), and it appears on CBS MarketWatch. In it, he does what the title suggests and gives the reader seven important things to remember when planning for retirement. Here they are, with infamous Flexo commentary. Enroll now. I have a friend of ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Update – December 2004

by Luke Landes

Happy New Year! My financial resolution is to cut my spending for 2005. First of all, I’m switching from Microsoft Money 2003 to Quicken 2005 Premier Home & Business. I’ll run both programs simultaneously for a month or so, and then get rid of Money. All of my historical transactions are still in Money so ... Continue reading this article…

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