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Financial Meltdown Explained: Greed, Leverage, and Keeping Up With The Joneses

Yesterday on CNBC, the Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis talked about the financial meltdown. He pinned on a few things: greed, leverage, and keeping up with the Joneses. Lots of homeowners out there are in trouble with their mortgages. Some got … [Read the rest]

Is Money The Secret To A Happy Marriage?

The New York Times had an article this weekend called The Key to Wedded Bliss? Money Matters*. It was kind of hit and miss for me, but I did like one particular quote: “A lot of the debates people have about money are code for how we want to … [Read the rest]

Stock Chart Simulator: Would You Make A Good Day-Trader?

Have you ever daydreamed about becoming a daytrader? Sitting at home in your pajamas, making some clicks here and there, and making money out of nothing. Much of daytrading is based on technical analysis, of which Wikipedia says: Technical … [Read the rest]

Rule of Thumb For Reasonable Housing Costs?

In an earlier post on motivating myself to work harder, I had thrown out a piece of "common" financial advice: Spend less than 30% of income on housing. It was really just an afterthought, but I got a bunch of e-mails about it. Where did you … [Read the rest]

Scottrade Referral Code: 7 Free Trades

Through October 31st, 2008, the referral bonus from Scottrade is now worth 7 free trades (instead of the usual 3) when you open an account with at least $500. At $7 per trade, that's worth nearly $50. If you need a referral code, please me … [Read the rest]

Should Home Ownership Be The Dream?

Now to the bigger picture... As of today, the U.S. government is the largest mortgage lender in the country. And that means, if things continue to go badly in the housing market, you and I as taxpayers get to pay for bad mortgages! Hurray! … [Read the rest]

Fannie & Freddie Failure = Mortgage Rates Drop By 0.5%

I'm still on several mortgage brokers' e-mail lists, and it appears that the government takeover of Fannie Mae is a glimmer of sunshine in what has probably been a very bleak few months for them. The message: Mortgage rates have dropped by around 50 … [Read the rest]

September 2008 Financial Status / Net Worth Update

Finally got around to adding up the numbers for the last month: Credit Card Debt If you're a new reader, let me start out as usual by explaining the credit card debt. I'm actually taking money from 0% APR balance transfer offers and instead … [Read the rest]

Follow-Ups: WaMu 5% CD, Chest Freezers Everywhere

High-Yield Bank CD Washington Mutual has brought back their 5% APY 12-month CD for another week, which had previously dipped to 4.5% APY. If this fits your needs, don't miss it this time around. Chest Freezers Apparently, I was not alone in … [Read the rest]

Links: Chasing Shrinking Potato Peelers Edition

Here are some recent links from fellow bloggers that made my cursor pause... Grad Money Matters ponders when to stop chasing money? How do we know at what point when we need to slow down? Good question. Wisebread offers up some cheap … [Read the rest]

Biweekly Mortgage Payment Plan: BiSaver vs. Do It Yourself

Most homeowners know that they have the option to pay more than their required monthly mortgage note, which will directly reduce the principal. Assuming there is no prepayment penalty, due to the power of compound interest (backwards?) this can … [Read the rest]

For Sale: 250 sq. ft. Condo for $279,000

Heard some buzz today about some tiny new condos: Via SFGate: Home, small home: 250 square feet in SoMa New condo development targets young first-time buyers without too much stuff It's about the size of seven ping-pong tables - and all … [Read the rest]

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