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2013

Building Community: Financial Blogger Conference and Plutus Awards

by Luke Landes

Despite my varied interests, education, and professions throughout my teenage and adult life, which have included everything from music to computer technology, education to personal finance, there has been one constant: building communities. As a teenager I ran a computer bulletin board system (BBS) out of my home computer. This is an outdated concept now, […]

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Financial Problems Impair Cognitive Abilities

by Luke Landes

Need more evidence that the financially disadvantaged are in a worse position to succeed in education and work than those without financial concerns? A new report published in the journal Science shows how financial constraints, particularly poverty, impede cognitive functioning. I find one of the experiments interesting not only because of the results, but because […]

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LastDollar, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

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Subscription Culture: You No Longer Own Anything

by Luke Landes

Most financial experts agree that if you need a car, buying is almost always a better financial decision than leasing. Even if you have to borrow money for the purchase, traditional financing is a better option than making payments for a couple of years and having nothing to show for it unless you’re willing to […]

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Calvin, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

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Anonymous S, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

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Should College Graduates Pay Back Parents’ Loans?

by Luke Landes

This month, the Naked With Cash participants and financial professionals are discussing education, primarily paying for and planning for college, whether it involves paying back their own loans, funding their own education, or saving for their kids’ future college expenses. In August, colleges across the country begin their fall semesters, so it’s a great time […]

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JW, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

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Anne and Matt, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

In the series Naked With Cash, seven Consumerism Commentary readers share their financial progress on a monthly basis. They are joined by Certified Financial Planners who provide feedback on their journey. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. This month, the participants are discussing education, where applicable. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years […]

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Is Your Unpaid Internship Illegal?

by Luke Landes

In certain fields, internships allow younger people in the formative stages of their careers get experience with major companies, make connections with influential people in later stages of their careers, figure out if their career goals are worth the effort, and possibly put themselves in a position to be hired full-time for the company that […]

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