Michael on November 9th, 2010
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I recently read an article at collegecrunch.org called 10 Things College Students Should Know About Credit Cards. Credit card companies prey on college students – read, and protect yourself from unnecessary and dangerous debt.

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Michael on August 9th, 2010
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I’m a bit skeptical of the quality and impact comprehensive online-only financial planning can make, but the thought has enough merit to have garnered several million dollars in venture capital investment and prominent Wall Street Journal coverage. Take a look at the WSJ article and share your thoughts. One of the key reasons [...]

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Michael on August 2nd, 2010
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I recently recorded a video on financial responsibility for Ode Magazine. Please take a few minutes to watch the video below and let me know your thoughts (only the first commenter gets to complain about the low volume, please). =)

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Michael on November 9th, 2009
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I gave a speech to more than 250 highly motivated K-12 teachers yesterday morning at the first ever National Educator Conference, presented by Jump$tart.  What a privilege to share the same stage as Sheila Bair (Chairperson of the FDIC) and Janet Bodnar (the editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine).
During the Q & A after my [...]

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Michael on October 21st, 2009
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Today, I’m featuring a quick compilation of links I’m sure you’ll find interesting:

Bankrate.com recently published a story Should you pay debt before savings? It’s a good write-up of an important question for those living Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck. Plus, I was quoted for the piece.

Social Security recently announced that there will be no increase in [...]

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Michael on October 19th, 2009
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Identity theft is a serious business.
You: Are you in it?
No, I’m not in that business.  I’m just saying, far better for you to take the risk of identity theft seriously vs. very easily becoming a victim of a stolen identity crime.
You: What should I do differently?
Not sure. It depends largely on what you do and [...]

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Michael on October 12th, 2009
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So I got a concussion last week.
You: Explaining your recent absence?
You: I thought it was the Red Sox fiasco.
While that didn’t exactly speed my recovery, their collapse had no impact on the extent of my own.  While I am still limited in my work hours, I will try to weave in an important, if not [...]

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You: You’re watching pre-season basketball?
No.  Honestly, I might even watch golf first.
You: What’s wrong with watching golf?
I find it more boring than the prospect of playing it.
You: Wow.  So what’s with the “fourth quarter” reference then?
I’m talking about the fourth quarter of the year, which begins today.  For better or worse, many companies – especially [...]

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Michael on September 23rd, 2009
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I enjoyed CreditCards.com’s fantastic effort with this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance.    My article discussing a previous fantastic yet inexpensive weekend was included, striking the fancy of The Consumerist, which featured it in their article titled Where To Find Great Personal Finance Writing Online, a nice gesture from the same company that brings you Consumer [...]

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Michael on August 10th, 2009
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You: Cheesy title.
Monday morning.
You: You too?
Yup.  Anyway, I thought I’d take this fine Monday morning to highlight some of my best recent articles from around the web:

Twelve Crazy Myths of Personal Finance was a ton of fun to write. Pretty sure you’ll enjoy it too, evidenced by its selection as an editor’s pick at [...]

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