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: Life Happens Edition

by Michael on Mar 2, 2014 · 2 comments

Things have been crazy around here, and this last week saw a family crisis added to the mix. I won’t go into any details right now, but it relates (in very general terms) to this earlier article. Hence, the lack of recent posts. But others have been writing up a […]

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Well, we’ve (nearly) survived our first week with a new teen driver. Yesterday marked the first day he went out on his own, and it went great. He made several solo trips with no issues. Tomorrow, he’ll drive to school for the first time. And from there on out, he’ll […]

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Money Roundup: Buying a New Car Edition

by Michael on Feb 15, 2014

As I mentioned when I wrote about insuring a new car, we’ve been car shopping over the past few weeks. After a lot of test drives and an equal amount of thought, we ultimately decided to get a new 2014 Toyota Highlander. We actually found the specific car that we […]

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Money Roundup: Five-Year Returns Edition

by Michael on Feb 9, 2014

Remember when the stock market tanked in 2008? It seems like yesterday, but it actually took place over five years ago. And, as Vanguard has rightly pointed out, that has a huge impact on historical return statistics. For example, during the five-year period ending Dec 31, 2012 the Russell 3000 […]

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It’s official. As of this past Friday, the 2013 income tax filing season is open. This is 10 days later than it would have been thanks to the government shutdown. Once you file, you can expect your refund (if any) to arrive within ca. 21 days after your return is […]

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From the Archives (January 2013)

by Michael on Feb 1, 2014

Since most of you haven’t been reading this site since its inception, I like to periodically dig into the archives and highlight older articles… Last month, I pointed out nine of my favorites from the month of December 2012 that you might have otherwise missed. This time around, I’ve picked […]

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Money Roundup: Tweaking the Theme Edition

by Michael on Jan 26, 2014

In the coming days? weeks? months? I’ll be tweaking the layout of Financial Ramblings as I upgrade the underlying theme. The exact timing depends on my availability and what’s happening in the real world. I’m not planning any wholesale changes in terms of the visual appearance, though I might fine-tune […]

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To the Target hackers, all I can say is “welcome to the club.” You’ve joined a long list of people who have hacked entities with whom I’ve had a financial relationship. This includes a university housing service where I lived years ago, and which (apparently) still had my info in […]

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