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When Checking My Own Accounts Became a Headache

Three incidents happened over the weekend made me feel the headache of the login processes at online banks and credit card companies. I appreciate all the improved security features that financial institutions are now adopting to prevent illegal access to others’ accounts as more and more people rely on conducting their financial activities online, but […]

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Identity Theft again Tops Consumer Complaints

The Federal Trade Commission yesterday released a list of consumer fraud complaints in 2007. Again, identity theft related fraud tops the list, making up 32% of the total complaints. According to FTC, credit card fraud is the most common form of fraud. The report shows that in 2007, frauds cost consumer nearly $1.3 billion, with […]

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What It Takes to Become A Millionaire

So what does it take to become a millionaire? If you Google “how to become a millionaire,” you will find a lot of suggestions, including a very popular post from Jeremy at Generation X Finance, one from Free Money Finance, as well as the latest addition on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. While I agree that […]

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Tax Tips from J.K. Lasser

I received the following tax tips from Nancy Colson, who represents J. K. Lasser, a tax expert. After obtaining a permission, I decided to post these tips here to share with everybody since I feel they are quite helpful in this tax season. For more information, visit    Mistakes and Potential Pitfalls Not filing […]

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Postage Increase 2008, Actively Managed ETFs, and Dow Reshuffle

Did you stock up Forever Stamps when they became available last May? If you did, good for you because it doesn’t much longer for the postage to go up again. Beginning May 12th, the rate for a one-ounce first class mail will go up one cent, from 41 cents to 42 cents, according to U.S. […]

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Are You Using Direct Deposit?

I am and I can’t think of any reason why not using it as long as I have a bank account. It’s safe (I don’t have to worry about losing the check) and it’s fast (there’s no delay for the money to show up in my account). However, it appears that not everybody is using […]

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CollegeAdvantage Reduces Costs, Earn Free Trades at TradeKing Community

Yesterday, I received a letter from CollegeAdvantage, the Ohio 529 college savings plan, regarding lowered cost for the Vanguard portfolios. The letter says starting February 1, the total administrative cost for the Vanguard options will be reduced by 0.02%. This is a welcome news, though the reduction is tiny. I set up a CollegeAdvantage account […]

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Costco AMEX TrueEarnings Card to Offer 3% Cash Back for Gas

I usually don’t read too much the Costco Connection magazine I received every month as part of the benefit of being an Executive Member, because more than half of the magazine are ads while the rest are articles about stuff Costco offers . But a piece in the February issue did get my attention last […]

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