Busting Common Investing Myths – A Tweetup With Motley Fool’s Tom Gardner and ShareBuilder’s Dan Greenshields

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A little while back I had the pleasure of attending a Tweetup at the NYC ING Direct Cafe hosted by Sharebuilder‘s president Dan Greenshields with special guest speaker Tom Gardner, CEO of The Motley Fool.

For those wondering what a Tweetup is, it’s basically an organized meeting of sorts over the social site Twitter.  The meeting was held at the ING Cafe and people from all over could follow along and participate via Twitter.

The premise of the Tweetup was to help investors bust common investing myths and take the complexities out of investing.

I tried to takes notes as best I could so I could pass them along to you.  Keep in my I’m paraphrasing here and some of the words are mine, but I think you’ll get the general ideas of what was being said.

To start, Tom Gardner talked about four basic investing rules we should all follow (this is just part of his full list of rules):
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Tax Breaks You Can Still Get in 2010 to Reduce Your Taxable Income

Reduce taxable income with tax breaks.

The year is rapidly drawing to a close, and that means it’s time to really think about what additional breaks you might be eligible for right now. If you are concerned about reducing your tax liability for this year, it’s a good time to see what you qualify for.  The good news is that there is still time to qualify for a number of tax breaks in 2010.  Here are some of the tax moves you can still make:

Hybrid Car Purchase

Reduce taxable income with tax breaks.A tax credit passed in 2006 for the purchase of hybrid vehicles is still in effect — but it will end on December 31, 2010.  If you purchase certain hybrids, you could be eligible for a tax credit.  There are stipulations, though.  The tax credit is only available on the first 60,000 models sold by the manufacturer.  Some manufacturers have sold more than 60,000 units of some hybrid models.  However, there are still some hybrids that haven’t sold out.  FuelEconomy.gov has a page that shows you which models are still eligible for tax credits if you buy before the end of the year.
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It’s Not Too Late to Claim Energy Efficient Home Improvement Tax Credits

Tax credits can help you save on home energy costs

It’s never too late to make some needed improvements to boost the efficiency of your home’s energy usage.  For tax purposes, making a few around-the-house upgrades before the end of the year can contribute to a larger tax refund.

Not only will you be more energy resourceful, but you will save money in the long term, and the IRS will recognize these efforts by rolling out some energy credits to assist you with the costs.

Tax credits can help you save on home energy costsThere are two main types of credits available. The most common credit is money that you can get back for conventional home usage improvements, such as energy efficient windows and doors.  The second type of credit targets alternative energy investments, such as solar or wind powered additions.
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Find the Affordable Health Coverage You Need at eHealthInsurance.com – Review


Health Insurance is critical- whether you are an individual or have a family; you need a way to cover both preventative medical care and emergency care.

Many employers are reducing or cutting health insurance benefits, leaving people with the need to find their own insurance options.  For a wide variety of affordable health insurance options for both individuals and families, consider checking a free quote at eHealthInsurance.com.

Get Quotes. Compare Plans. Apply Online.eHealthInsurance is the largest online resource for health insurance, offering the ability to compare the basics of a variety of health plans.  One of the best things about the eHealthInsurance website is you can receive live quotes, complete your application online and be approved in just minutes.
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LIFE Has A Way Of Screwing Up Budgets

You try to do the right thing.  You create a financial plan and set up a budget to follow in your home budget software or budgeting spreadsheet.  But it seems your budget still gets busted and it bugs the heck out of you!  What keeps messing up your calculations?!?  I’ll tell you what screws up your budget: L I F E.
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Miles by Discover® Card Review

Miles by Discover Card

As the name of the card clearly implies, the Miles by Discover® Card is a travel rewards card.

But this is not your typical travel rewards card.  Users can generate massive miles rewards while at the same time retaining an enormous level of flexibility in determining how to redeem their rewards.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the benefits of the Miles by Discover® Card:
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