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Year-end Tax Moves

Jeff Schnepper at MSN Money has some year-end moves that could reduce your 2006 tax bill. The following are the summary of the article. For details, click here. The easy stuff Charitable deductions. Make the charitable donations before December 31. Use up your flexible spending account (FSA) dollars. Use them  or lose them. The IRS allows […]

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INGDirect Bumped Up Its Rate to 4.50% APY

Got this email this morning from Commission Junction that INGDirect has increased the rate of its Orange Savings Account to 4.50% APY. I then checked with INGDirect and found that newest rate has also appeared on their website. It seems that ING finally decided to play some catch up, while other popular internet banks hold […]

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Ameriprise Auto Insurance Paper Works Received

One week after I called Ameriprise for our car and home insurance, the paper works from Ameriprise arrived last night. The estimated premiums and coverage options are exactly the same as what I got a week ago: home insurance one-year premium $207.27 and auto insurance six-month premium $666. However, I am not sure if all […]

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Six Best Money Ideas for the New Year

While we are still mulling the year-end moves, CNNMoney already has some ideas on what we can do for 2007: Best investment idea: Invest in Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX). Best home-buying idea: Start the bidding at least 15% below the asking price for the house you really want. Best home-selling idea: Price your house […]

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Young & In Debt

In case you didn't notice, USAToday is running a six-week series on Young & In Debt, featuring 20-somethings' financial situation, the way they manage their money, and advices on how to cope with debt. The series started in the week of November 20th and already have a couple of publications. Though I am not in […]

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How to be Successful in Investing — Part V

The last segment of the five-part series of Kiplinger’s “The Five Keys to Investing Success” focuses on portfolio diversification. The reason to diversify is simple: spread the risk over different sectors, different asset classes so that they won’t have the same fate at the same time, i.e., when one sector/asset class performs poorly, other may […]

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Safest Cars: No American Made

Early this month, Consumer Reports released its ratings on vehicle reliabilities and Japanese cars got 39 nods on the list. Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its ratings on car safety and foreign cars again take the spotlight aways from American cars as no car from US automakers made the cut. This year, […]

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Get Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance Quotes Plus a Hard Credit Pull

Last Tuesday, I got an estimate of auto insurance premium from Ameriprise after receiving an email from them. Since I didn’t give them my social, the quote was only a rough number, plus it was for auto only, not auto and home. Even so, the price was still lover then what I am paying Liberty […]

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