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Quicken Courting Microsoft Money Users With New Old Discounts

On the heels of Microsoft’s announcement that the company’s desktop financial management software, Microsoft Money (Plus) will be discontinued, Intuit is jumping on the chance to win customers by offering decent discounts on its Quicken products. These discounts are similar to those offered earlier this year. […]

New ING Direct $25 Bonus Links Available

It has been awhile, but I now have a new set of $25 bonus referral links available for new customers of the ING Direct online savings account. ING Direct is currently, as of June 16, 2009, offering an interest rate yielding 1.5% APY on this savings account. Here is how this works. […]

Study: iPhone Users Are Younger, Richer and More Productive

According to a new study, employees who use iPhones are statistically wealthier, younger, and more productive at work that their counterparts who use other smartphones. […]

FDIC Steps In to Keep Ally Bank’s Interest Rates Lower

The American Bankers Association (ABA) has not been happy with Ally Bank. A few weeks ago, the organization on behalf of its member banks sent a letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation complaining about Ally’s interest rates. […]

Facial Recognition is for More Than Your Photos

Most of the time when you hear the term “facial recognition,” it’s used by people trying to attract you to a new digital camera, or software, or a plugin for Facebook. On an individual level, it’s little more than a way to help your camera focus, or group and search your photos. […]

Estimated Income Tax Payment Due

As you are reading this, if you are in fact reading on the same day this was written, both the federal and New Jersey government are reaching deep into my bank accounts. At the end of the day, I will find myself worth several thousand dollars less than at the beginning of the day. […]

Changes to Student Loans Coming July 1

While it’s great to avoid debt whenever possible, if you have to deal with federal student loans, including Stafford and PLUS loans, you might qualify for some better deals starting July 1. Interest rates will be at the lowest rates in years. If you can consolidate, lock in rates after July 1. They will be at the lowest levels since the inception of the federal student loan program. […]

Podcast 8: Greg Grunberg on iPhone App Yowza!! and TalkAboutIt

Today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast features an interview with Greg Grunberg, star of the NBC television series Heroes and drummer in Band From TV, a celebrity band to benefit charities. Greg, Tom Dziubek, and I discuss Yowza!!, the new iPhone (and iPod Touch) app for saving money co-created by Greg. […]

Consumer Reports Exposes Cool Surge’s Misleading Claims

The Cool Surge portable air conditioner claims, in full-page newspaper advertisements that look like newspaper articles, to reduce the temperature of an average room by “up to ten degrees” using as much energy as a 60-watt lightbulb. […]

President Obama Proposes Executive Pay Legislation

Yesterday, the White House announced new plans for letting investors have a say in executive compensation. With this proposal, shareholders of all public companies will be able to vote on the pay levels of the companies’ highest paid senior management. […]