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Robert Kiyosaki Gives Readers a Second Chance

by Luke Landes

Over the years, I haven’t been too kind to the best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki. He’s certainly built a successful empire, and a large community people respect him for his business acumen, his willingness to try or to appear to try to help others, and his advice. However, I’ve always found his advice thin at best […]

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Who Benefits From 529 Plans, the Middle Class or the Wealthy?

by Luke Landes

When I first began reading that President Obama was considering reducing the tax benefits for savers who make use of 529 plans and other education savings accounts to reduce the cost of education-related expenses, I was surprised. It has been my understanding that 529 plans, all though I do not have one, are intended to […]

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Is It Time to Invest in Oil? Here’s What I Did.

by Luke Landes

At the beginning of the year, I joined another investing challenge. This was sponsored by Motif Investing, who provided me and several other financial writers and bloggers $500 to invest in strategies each of us would choose. Like last year’s Grow Your Dough competition, this is a relatively short time horizon for me. In 2014, […]

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Final Update: Grow Your Dough Throwdown

by Luke Landes

Throughout the last year, I’ve been participating in a friendly competition among friends. We each placed $1,000 in an investing account (or multiple investing accounts) at the beginning of the year, chose an investing strategy, and tracked progress throughout the year. I gave the initial details in the beginning of 2014. My strategy was to […]

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When Money Is Scarce: Forced Frugality and Bad Decisions

by Luke Landes

I’ll be honest. When the idea for this article struck me late last night, I had a definitive idea of how I was going to address the topic of conservation mode. But the clarity of day may have changed what I think about the idea. Throughout my life, I’ve been working with scarce resources. Now, […]

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Is Acorns the Next Best App for Investing?

by Luke Landes

Acorns allows investors to divert small amounts of money to the stock market, $5 at a time. And all you need is your mobile phone. Have you seen the fees?

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The One Action You Need to Take in Any Market Correction

by Luke Landes

As of today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has erased all of its gains this year. We’re not quite in “market correction” territory, though. The S&P 500 is still up year-to-date, but it isn’t presenting as fantastic a return as was evident earlier in the year. We could be getting to the point where the […]

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If All Investments Are Expensive, Where Can You Invest?

by Luke Landes

Neil Irwin at the New York Times points out that all asset classes around the world are expensive compared to their historical prices. If that’s the case, is there any investment class available that has the potential to provide great returns over the long-term? Stocks and bonds; emerging markets and advanced economies; urban office towers […]

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Grow Your Dough Throwdown: Second Quarter Results

by Luke Landes

Here’s my latest Grow Your Dough Throwodwn update as well as some information about the companies I’m investing in.

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Growing My Dough: The Latest Look at My Portfolio

by Luke Landes

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. […]

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