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Are Values-Based and Socially-Responsible Investments Worthwhile?

Yesterday, FaithShares added two new exchange-traded funds to their lineup, already consisting of funds called “Catholic Values,” “Christian Values,” and “Methodist Values.” These and the two new funds, “Baptist Values” and “Lutheran Values,” focus on investing in only those companies that live up to the values encouraged by each of these communities. […]

Hundreds Hired at the IRS to Find Cheaters

In a continuation of my favorite story of the year, the IRS announced a few days ago that they are ramping up a new investigative unit to find more offshore tax cheats, with an emphasis on those that are using dummy corporations with multiple layers to hide their wealth. […]

Bonuses Could Be Taxed at a Rate of 50%

Last week I mentioned France would be seeing a new but insignificant tax on carbon emissions and considered the possibilities, including possible reactions, if a similar tax was initiated here in the United States. […]

Announcement and Giveaway: The Plutus Awards

One week from today, nominations will begin for The 2009 Plutus Awards, designed to honor and recommend the best in personal finance this past year. There are two parts to The Plutus Awards. The first focuses on the best products and services, like checking accounts and mobile finance applications. The second part focuses on blogs and social media. […]

Podcast 34: Stocks as Gifts and New Staff Writer, Kelly Whalen

The first guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dan Greenshields, President of ShareBuilder. Tom Dziubek speaks with Dan about giving stocks or other investments as gifts. Also featured on today’s Podcast is Consumerism Commentary’s staff writer, Kelly Whalen. […]

Weekend Reading: Negotiations, Cooking, and Happiness

Yesterday, I signed up for my second photography class, meeting every Saturday afternoon for eight weeks starting in January. I learned much from the first class I took last summer, and I have been looking for a more advanced class. My photography skills have a long way to go, and with what I consider two full-time jobs it is difficult for me to find time to practice. […]

No More Cable TV For Me

Well, we went and did it. As of today, the Verizon FiOS TV service we’d been mostly enjoying for almost three years is suspended. We’re not replacing it with cable or satellite television, either. The normal TV service is effectively turned off. I’m scared and nervous and excited all at once. […]

France Introduces Carbon Tax of $25 Per Metric Ton

President Nicolas Sarcozy of France revealed his plans for working to reduce his country’s carbon dioxide emissions. For each taxpayer’s metric ton of carbon dioxide emission due to use of oil, gas, or coal, the government will charge that taxpayer a fee of €17 (roughly $25). This rate would rise over time. […]

Persistence Pays Off

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. As consumers we often face situations that are both expensive and frustrating. […]

Giveaway Reminder: Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting

There are only a few more days to qualify for the latest giveaway. I have a copy of Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting: Attract the Work You Want by Laura George (reviewed here). If you are interested in receiving this book, helpful for finding a job in a tough economy or for finding meaningful employment any time, become a fan of Consumerism Commentary on Facebook. […]