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From Finance to Fantasy Football

The NFL season kicks off tonight, and I’m in the mood to write about football… But this is a personal-finance blog… So how can I combine the two? How about this: You can apply fantasy-football logic to your investments, and you can apply economic principles to your fantasy football league — and both your portfolio, [...]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #116 – Post-Labor Day Edition

The 116th Carnival of Personal Finance was a day late due to Labor Day — and now I’m a day late posting the recap. Here are the editor‘s picks: Simplify Your Finances (from Gather Little by Little) Making Sure We Both Know Where Our Money Is (from FBB, The Family Finance Blog) The Keys to [...]

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Person-to-Person Lending Lets You Be the Bank!

Why is it that the bank only pays you 2% interest on your savings account, and yet lends money at 6% on mortgages, or even 10% or higher on car loans? Obviously, the bank has to make a profit and there’s certainly nothing wrong with profits. But there is something wrong with banks’ monopoly status [...]

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Is Your Realtor Looking Out for Your Best Interests?

In the pantheon of distrusted professionals, real-estate agents rank somewhere between used-car salesmen and lawyers. In large part, this reputation is unjust. Many Realtors are true professionals who offer valuable expertise and take much of the headache out of buying or selling a home. But the entire system of real-estate agency — monopolized by the [...]

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Pareto’s Law: The 80/20 Principle

Very few people have ever heard of Vilfredo Pareto, but most of us are familiar with his eponymous Law, more commonly known as the 80/20 Rule. It states that 80% of consequences flow from 20% of causes — in other words, 80% of good stuff comes from 20% of sources (people, activities, etc.); and 80% [...]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #115

The 115th Carnival of Personal Finance was published by one of my favorite blogs, Free Money Finance. The following articles were singled out by FMF as the best of the bunch: Smart Money Remains Fully Invested – The market hasn’t been performing too hot lately. Should you care? As I read posts of personal finance [...]

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How to Read a Forex Currency Quote

One of the most difficult things for most people to understand about foreign currency exchange (aka “forex“) is how to read the quotes. We know that when we see a stock trading for $11.25 a share, it means we can use $11.25 of our U.S. dollars to buy one share. But what the heck does [...]

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True Story of Landlord-Tenant Dispute

This past Wednesday, I had to go to court. It was my first ever experience with the legal system, and yes, I was very nervous. I was being sued by my old landlord in small-claims court, and even though I knew I was in the right, I assumed the judge would have a bias against [...]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #114: Better Late Than Never!

Hello, dear readers! First, I would like to apologize for the several days between updates. I was having some PC problems that prevented me from getting any work done for four days. Now that I’m back up and running, expect a flurry of activity here at SmartMoneyDaily — check back tomorrow (and the next day [...]

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Wild Week in the Market Causes the to Fed Intervene

Ten days ago, I wrote an article entitled The Federal Reserve and the Stock Market. Why am I covering the same material again so soon? Because in this market, ten days is an eternity! In the span of just two days, major big-cap financial firms like Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase have swung as [...]

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