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New Stimulus Plan: The Fiscal Menace or The Economy Strikes Back?

(Or perhaps Episode IV: Obama’s New Hope.)In a few weeks the Senate will be debating another stimulus plan. This one is billed as a jobs creation package with a $154 billion price tag. […]

How To Stick With Your 2010 Resolutions

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer.It’s the time of year when everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions or goals for the year. […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Invest For the Future

With new technology becoming available to consumers every day, like 3-D high-definition televisions, it certainly feels like I’m living in the future. How did we all survive without such marvels as wireless internet, video games that react to movement, GPS, text messaging, and video on demand? […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 4Q 2009

Yes, you can time the market. The S&P 500 benchmark provided an admittedly handsome 27.76% annual return in 2009. However, if you invested in a diversified index mutual fund when the market was at its low point in March more than when it recovered towards the end of the year, you probably beat the market. […]

401(k) Contribution Limits For 2010

In 2010, the basic maximum for 401(k) contributions is $16,500. Employees 50 and older can add an additional $5,500. These limits take your pre-tax, after-tax, and Roth 401(k) contributions into consideration, so the sum of all your 401(k) contributions in 2010 cannot exceed the limit for your age group. This limit is the same as last year’s amount. […]

Alternatives to High-Yield Savings Accounts

I am not surprised that my recent suggestion to start the decade off right by opening a high-yield savings account received a lukewarm reception. With rates between 1% and 2% APY right now, these savings are looking somewhat pathetic.Savings accounts are not designed to be investments. […]

TV Everywhere Might Just Be a Big Bully

My family turned off our TV service a few weeks ago, and we’ve been fine so far, watching things through Hulu, iTunes, or Netflix, wherever it’s cheapest. […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Open a High-Yield Savings Account

It’s a new year and a new decade. I expect the next ten years will fly by and 2020 will be here before I know it. Thinking about how fast the future is barreling towards the present is inspiring me to start making real changes in my life, and if there is an opportunity to improve my financial condition along the way, I will do it. […]

Year-End Personal Balance Sheet, December 2009

At the end of every month, I review my personal finances, including bank account balances, investment performance, income and expenses, and I share some of those details here. This was the original purpose of Consumerism Commentary: to track my own finances publicly and hold myself accountable for my financial decisions. […]

Podcast 37: Financial Foul-Ups With Brian Scheur

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with blogger Brian Scheur who created the website My Next Buck. Every Friday, My Next Buck features a financial foul-up or mistake. Some of these personal stories are drawn from Brian’s own experiences while others feature other personal finance writers presenting their own stories. […]