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No Money? Buy a Home!

by Luke Landes

Many of the people I’ve grown up with have been buying their first homes at this point. One of my closest friends (and his wife and daughter) is selling his first home and moving onto bigger and better. So yes, I’ve been thinking about it a bit. In that respect, this article caught my attention […]

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Bonus Update

by Luke Landes

On a personal note, I received my bonus last week and it was a bit lower than I expected. I’m in a non-management position, so I get paid for overtime but I generaly expect a non-impressive bonus compared to most. I have to consider that I wasn’t at the company for a while last year […]

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Annual Review

by Luke Landes

It’s annual review and bonus time at my company. I have my performance review meeting with my boss in about in hour, and luckilly this article caught my attention beforehand. Now I’m in a good mood, which is more than what could be said after finding out my bonus number this morning. Perhaps I’ll have […]

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Affluent Shop at Discount Stores

by Luke Landes

According to a new survey commissioned by Visa, high income earners, those with a household income of more than $125,000, are more likely to clip coupons and shop at discount stores than the general population. Also, ninety percent of those households think of themselves as middle-class or upper-middle-class rather than affluent. If being in the […]

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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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Individual Social Security Accounts

by Luke Landes

I still need to do more research before I decide whether I like the idea of privatizing social security. For future reference, here’s some information on the current proposal.

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Delayed Deposits Cost 401k Retirement Account Holders

by Luke Landes

Jonathan Burton of CBS MarketWatch has pointed out that millions of dollars are lost by employees when their employer holds onto 401(k) funds after they are deducted from the paycheck. It works like this. On Friday, January 1, you receive your paycheck. 12 percent of your paycheck has been deducted before taxes and put aside. According […]

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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 […]

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Residual Value

by Luke Landes

I like to see this as vindication for my purchase… Honda has been named by the Automotive Lease Guide as being the best brand for residual value for the second year in a row. That means its cars hold its value over time. However, if the results are divided into categories, the Nissan Altima displaced […]

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Anxiously Awaiting?

by Luke Landes

Thanks for writing in; I know I’ve been a little slow with November’s financial update. It would be more accurate to say that I haven’t posted it at all yet, which is entirely true. You are anxiously awaiting my monthly update, but you (and I) will be disappointed to see only a minor improvement, if […]

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