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Podcast 41: Credit CARD Act of 2009 Compliance

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Samir Kothari, co-founder and Vice President of Products at BillShrink.Tom Dziubek speaks with Samir about how the terms of the Credit CARD Act of 2009 have been addressed by credit card issuers so far and what credit card customers can expect in the upcoming months.Production Number: S02E15 Segment Number: 52To listen, use the player above (A […]

What the iPad Is and Is Not

I’m an Apple fan, which I define as being anybody who takes time out from the workday two or three times a year to watch their media events and keynote speeches. I’m happily using a Mac Mini as our entertainment hub at home (Boxee, Front Row and Hulu Desktop? […]

Investing During Four Asset Bubbles: Don’t Blow It

Earlier this month, I stopped my automatic monthly investment of $1,000 in the stock market through Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX), and it’s possible that this will prove to be a good decision. […]

More Toyota Cars Recalled: Time to Buy Shares of TM?

Another day, another recall. Normally, automobile recalls are not much of a problem. A recall usually involves bringing your car to a dealership, subjecting yourself up to some sales pitches, getting your car fixed, and driving home. […]

Buying a Second Car

If my husband had a car to drive to work and had taken my son to school, I would have saved three hours of my day. Yes, three hours.We are a family of six with one car. This is the result of a decision we made a few months ago when our second car needed extensive and expensive repairs. […]

IRS Will Force Businesses to Disclose Borderline Tax Shelters

Starting in 2011 or later, the IRS will be requiring businesses to volunteer more information about their tax avoidance practices and transactions. I use the word “volunteer” loosely. […]

Smithee Debt Update, January 2010

The last time I talked about my credit card debt here, one of our community said that he didn’t know the specific numbers of my problem, and it got me thinking that I’ve probably lost sight of one of the main reasons I wanted to be writing here in the first place: to keep myself honest. […]

12 Greenest Cars of 2010: Do You Consider the Environment?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released an updated list of the twelve greenest cars of 2010. […]

Podcast 40: Getting Back on Track in 2010, David Bach

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is David Bach, author of Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010, a book in which David discusses getting out of debt in 2010 and how to make the most of the recovering economy. […]

In Detail: How to Claim the New Home Buyer Tax Credit on 2009 Tax Returns

In November of last year, President Obama and Congress expanded the home buyer tax credit to cover more people who have purchased houses in 2009 and 2010 and to further stimulate the real estate industry. Earlier this month, the IRS released an updated tax form to include the new rules. If you want to claim the home buyer tax credit, you must file your tax return on paper. […]