Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: How the Rich Are Different, Playing the Long Game, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Why rich people avoid consumerism (Darius Forum). “Most people don’t own income-producing or liquid assets. Most people own products and debt.” Assured misery (Collaborative Fund). What to avoid if you want to be happier—in your use of money, and otherwise. The long […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

In a previous post, I provided some guidance as to who needs life insurance. If you determine that you need it, the next question is, “how much?” You’ll hear about various guidelines for answering that question, usually based on multiples of your salary. Some say you should carry life insurance with a death benefit equal […]

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Thanksgiving Stories

This article is reprinted by permission from Sound Mind Investing. This Thanksgiving, many of us will gather with extended family to enjoy food, fellowship, and perhaps some football. It can also be a time of life-changing conversations. When my wife, Jude, and I became parents, we received some unusually helpful advice from our friends, Dick […]

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Profitable Ideas: Surveillance Capitalism, Buy Nothing New This Holiday Season, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. You are the object of a secret extraction operation (NY Times). Ever heard of surveillance capitalism? You’re probably actively taking part in it. No more side quests (The Reformed Broker). I love this post. It’s a powerful reminder to stay focused on […]

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An Identity Theft Like No Other

Identity theft has become a common crime, impacting millions people each year. As bad as the problem is, about a hundred years ago, an identity theft took place on a far grander scale. Everyone’s identity was stolen. Amazingly, this huge heist didn’t make headlines, and it didn’t prompt any calls for greater security. In fact, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Up Your Confidence Game, Our Consumer Culture Floating Offshore, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Want to sound more confident? Avoid these 11 words and phrases that make you look ‘weak,’ say grammar experts (CNBC). How we convey our thoughts can be just as important as the substance of those thoughts. We chartered a boat to look […]

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Navigating The Mixed Messages Of Our Consumer Culture

If you’re really paying attention, life can be a very odd experience. Especially when it comes to money. For example, in troubled economic times, front-page newspaper stories regularly quote economists expressing concern that the personal savings rate is going up. I still vividly remember reading one such story during a recession. I had to blink […]

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Profitable Ideas: When to Get Your Kids a Phone, Virtues of Virtual Wallets, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. 8 reasons we have delayed (even further) getting our daughters phones (Eric Geiger). “When they get a phone, everything changes.” No such thing as enough money (Incognito Money Scribe). A beautiful post that puts much into perspective. Women may be better investors […]

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Paying for Big-Ticket Items

A few years ago, we replaced the furnace/air conditioning system in our home. It was not the most enjoyable way to spend a big chunk of money. However, having the money set aside in savings made it far less painful than it might have been.  If you own a home or a car, I hate […]

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