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Profitable Ideas: Tough Lessons for Newer Investors, It Pays to Drive Safely, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Amateur investors rode the bull up. Now the bear looms (NY Times). After a long-running bull market that left many investors feeling like they could do no wrong, some are facing their first real test. See also, Maintaining perspective (SMI). Why everyone’s bearish (The […]

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Profitable Ideas: Your Brain on High Inflation, New Research on Money and Marriage, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. How to adjust your brain for 8.5% inflation (Wall Street Journal). After enjoying a low-inflation environment for so long, it’s jarring to go to the gas station or grocery store these days. Here’s how to cope. Target-date funds work up to a point. So […]

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Profitable Ideas: When Kids Game the System, Decluttering More Than Stuff, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Why bribing kids backfires (Psychology Today). It’s important for kids to learn key life lessons early in life, but gaming the system is not one of them. Minimalism and decluttering are similar, but not congruent (The American Genius). A helpful distinction for those who […]

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Everybody Has a Story

During what would turn out to be my father’s final year of life, he had several caregivers in and out of his house. Since I worked within about a 45 minute drive of where he lived, one day I decided to take a long lunch and pay a surprise visit to check up on the […]

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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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How’s Your Financial Health?

There’s a new report out that says a growing but still small number of Americans are financially healthy. Working with researchers at the University of Southern California, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) administers an annual eight-question survey among a representative sample of U.S. adults, leading to what it calls the U.S. Financial Health […]

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How Serious Are You?

When Hal and Dee were in their mid-fifties, they found themselves with $50,000 of credit card and tax debt. That would have been bad enough, but they had been there before, which only made it worse. They had been riding a financial—not to mention emotional, spiritual, and marital—roller coaster for years. Repeating history Early in […]

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Profitable Ideas: Magic Beans, Selling a Sense of Groundedness, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Magic beans (The Reformed Broker). Who are you listening to for investment advice? I no longer want to shop (NY Times). How some time away from the mall changed this writer’s perspective on shopping. How has the pandemic changed your financial habits? […]

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