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* The most reliable new cars today | Consumer Reports gives high marks to Ford, but Asian manufacturers continue to top the list. For the complete ConsumerReports.org article, Click Here>
* Coupon websites gain in popularity | Before you buy anything online, click for coupons first, advises Marketwatch.com's Jonathon Burton. He said a number of websites post coupons, although some post expired coupons along with current coupons. Nonetheless, sites that may be better than most include: CouponWinner.com, Dealcatcher.com, Freecoupons.com, Retailmenot.com, and Savings.com. | For Burton's "clicking for coupons" article, visit Marketwatch.com or Click Here>
* Some debt settlement companies can offer more woes than help | Posted on NYtimes.com: Click Here>
* Obama administration warns of mortgage scams | Posted on the LATimes.com: Click Here>
* How low will U.S. government bonds go? | For current interest rates of U.S. treasuries provided by Bloomberg.com, Click Here>
* Debt repayment options offered by DebtReliefCompanies.net | If you are tired of collection calls, this YouTube video may help you avoid this situation and get out of debt. Click on the above image, or Click Here>
* A new study shows that modifying mortgages is harder than expected | This insightful editorial sheds some light on foreclosure facts. While the U.S. Treasury has done much to attack the mortgage problem (allowing up to $75 billion), fixing the stubborn mortagage problem remains more difficult than anticipated. Here's one explanation as to why bankers are less than enthusiastic, and for a number of reasons. Visit washingtonpost.com or Click Here>
* Rethinking progress and human development | Glaser Progress Foundation offers an archived lecture series by exceptional individuals who examine how progress of civilized societies should be measured today. For example, one lecturer advises that the current benchmark for national progress, which is the NIPA (i.e., National Income and Product Accounts, and includes the GDP, i.e., Gross Domestic Product) should include the PNA (i.e., Program for Nonmarket Accounts). For Glaser's archived lectures and NIPA info, Click Here>
* Economic Madness | They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Photographer Frankie Leon requests your comments (of a thousand words or so, we presume) about one of his Flickr-posted photos, entitled "Economic Madness," Click Here>
* Financial Literacy Month | Take the first step of 30 steps to better manage your money by committing to change. Visit financialliteracymonth.com or Click Here>
* The Future of ETFs | Exchange-Traded-Funds continue to grow through the recession as investors search for safe havens for their money. But are ETFs the real answer? For Forbes special report, Click Here>
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