Personal Finance Highlights

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There’s a ton of personal finance content out there. So much, in fact, that it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

But don’t worry…

From time to time, I do the hard work for you and highlight the best (recent) articles that I’ve run across. Those highlights end up here.

While I typically focus on personal finance blog content, I also point out useful articles from the mainstream media. Topics of interest vary widely, but all fall under the general umbrella of personal finance.

Money Roundup: Simple Economics Edition

by Michael on Jun 3, 2014

In case you haven’t heard, Mike Piper from Oblivious Investor has released another book. This time around, he and co-author Austin Frakt tackled the direct link. While the Kindle deal.

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Did you know that 90% families with at least $5M in investable assets will exhaust that wealth within three generations? Well, it’s true. The problem, of course, is unreasonably high withdrawal rates. On top of this, the money ends up getting spread pretty thin as the family grows across generations.

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Money Roundup: Blackberry Edition

by Michael on May 12, 2014 · 1 comment

No, the title above isn’t alluding to the decreasingly popular BlackBerry smartphone. Rather, it’s referring to this story from a long-time blogging pal of mine. I couldn’t help but smile as I read it. I’m hoping that it has the effect on you.

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Money Roundup: Crazy Days Edition

by Michael on May 6, 2014 · 2 comments

In case you couldn’t tell based on the (in)frequency and (ir)regularity of my posting schedule, it has been a crazy couple of months around here. I had a couple of huge, work-related deadlines, two of our four kids suffered sports-related broken bones, and we had some medical drama on the […]

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In her book “The Myths of Happiness,” Sonja Lyubomirsky argues (among other things) that renters are happier than homeowners. Why? Because homeowners “derive more pain from ownership of their homes, and spend more time on housework and less time interacting with their friends and neighbors.” Another interesting point: two-thirds of […]

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Money Roundup: At the Beach Edition

by Michael on Apr 8, 2014 · 1 comment

I’m not sure what you’re doing this week, but we’re kicking back at the beach. The weather hasn’t great, but I’d rather be dipping my toes in the ocean between rain storms than sitting at home. And… Wow. As I was writing that passage, it just hit me. Our oldest […]

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Money Roundup: Taxes Done Edition

by Michael on Mar 31, 2014

Late last week, I gathered up all of our tax documents and took them to our tax guy. And yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail saying that our returns are done. I’ll delve into this in more detail in the future, but here’s a quick summary… It looks like we’re […]

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The big news in e-commerce this past week was that the cost of Amazon Prime in increasing from $79/year to $99/year. While some customers are up in arms, I view this as much ado about nothing. Consider that this is the first price increase since the service was introduced in […]

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