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Lauryn Hill’s First Song Out Of Prison Is Called ‘Consumerism’

Lauryn Hill leaves jail on Friday after serving three months for tax evasionfor failing to report more than $US1.8 million in taxes from 2005 to 2007 — but she’s been pretty productive while behind bars. First, the former Fugees singer wrote a “thank you” letter to fans from jail and […]
Lauryn Hill’s First Song Out Of Prison Is Called ‘Consumerism’
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8 Rules To Follow Before Borrowing Money From Family And Friends

[credit provider=”statigr.am/samanthasomebody” url=”http://statigr.am/p/314512492109539011_1336832″] I’ve written about lending money to friends and family. I addressed this topic a few years ago because as my personal financial situation improved, I was in a position to help. Not so long before that time in my life, however, I was in the opposite situation. […]
8 Rules To Follow Before Borrowing Money From Family And Friends
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How To optimise Your Retirement Investing Priorities

[credit provider=”flickr/jurvetson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/5314774452/”] The law in the United States is designed to encourage each working citizens to save for his or her own future. Through tax advantages, there are subtle incentives for investing in certain types of accounts. These incentives encourage financial literacy, boost use of the economic machine of […]
How To optimise Your Retirement Investing Priorities
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Why 2 Is Better Than 1 When It Comes To Savings Accounts

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Over the past year, I’ve been simplifying my finances. I’ve collected a number of savings accounts and checking accounts, mostly as a way of auditioning and reviewing various banks for the benefit of Consumerism Commentary readers. There’s little sense in me holding onto so […]
Why 2 Is Better Than 1 When It Comes To Savings Accounts
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Automating Spending Could Be Making You Spend Too Much

[credit provider=”flickr/rainforestactionnetwork” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforestactionnetwork/6690408545/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Over the course of thousands of years, the character of money has gone through various metamorphoses. Bartering was the chief method members of a society acquired their individual needs until they developed shortcuts.Since that first shortcut, societies haven’t stopped creating more shortcuts, further separating the method of […]
Automating Spending Could Be Making You Spend Too Much
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4 Risks Every Investor Must Come To Grips With

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/annalouisefaulkner/388412778/”] No investment is without risk. You may feel safe even when you do what financial advisers consider the “right thing” — invest in a broad stock market index fund with a long-term view — but there is risk there as well. Unfortunately, to build wealth over time, […]
4 Risks Every Investor Must Come To Grips With
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People Don’t Understand That Making Money Isn’t All That Important

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] In my article earlier today about the recession era bail-out programs, I touched on the idea that sometimes, there are methods to judge a decision outside of its immediate profitability. The bail-outs may have provided a return on investment for taxpayers or they might not […]
People Don’t Understand That Making Money Isn’t All That Important
Markets

Could This Dutch Idea Solve America’s Retail Problem?

[credit provider=”striatic via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/712287/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] We live in an era of cheap, disposable goods.My closet full of clothing, much of it rarely worn, even though I sort through my wardrobe about once a year to eliminate items I no longer need, is a good indicator of this situation.
Could This Dutch Idea Solve America’s Retail Problem?
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Half Of All Americans Aren’t Doing A Thing For Retirement

[credit provider=”Flickr / Offbeat Photography ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/b1ltr1te/2814483778/in/photostream/”] In April, LIMRA, a think-tank for the financial industry, completed a survey intended to focus on the savings and investment preferences of those living and working in the United States. After receiving responses from 2,697 Americans, a representative sample of the country, LIMRA […]
Half Of All Americans Aren’t Doing A Thing For Retirement
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This Is Why You Should Worry When Your Bank Gets Bought

[credit provider=”flickr via backpackphotography” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/backpackphotography/2317259519/in/photostream/”] Banks are basically a bunch of bricks-and-mortar cannibals when you think about it – one is always getting gobbled up by another and customers get dragged along for the ride.Consumers don’t always know there’s been a change in service until they receive a “Welcome” package […]
This Is Why You Should Worry When Your Bank Gets Bought
Lifestyle

Wealthy Families Are Applying For Financial Aid To Send Their Kids To Private School

[credit provider=”Newton Country Day School” url=”http://www.newtoncountryday.org/home/multimedia_gallery.asp?xAction=showSlideshow&galleryName=Homecoming_2010″] There is a perception among many families that private elementary and high schools are worth the costs of tuition even though public school is comparatively free to attend (not including taxes and bake sales).That’s a debate that will never end. Parents, who always want what’s best […]
Wealthy Families Are Applying For Financial Aid To Send Their Kids To Private School