The Time Cost of Investing: Does Obliviousness Pay Off?

One aspect of buy-and-hold investing in low-cost index funds that has always attracted me is that there is an extremely low time cost. Once you

15 Ways to Get Started on Snowflaking

One of the best personal finance articles I’ve ever read is Snowflaking: A Primer, at I Paid For This Twice Already. Here’s an excerpt so

06.10.09

Personal Finance and The Black Swan

Recently, I’ve been reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book The Black Swan. Most of the book has to do with economics and mathematics and is not

Review: Oblivious Investing

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The second I picked up Oblivious Investing by Mike Piper, I was immediately reminded

What’s Next After Retirement Savings?

Quite often, financially intelligent young professionals get out of school, start in the professional world, and actually stick quite strongly to the “spend less than

Some Thoughts on Haggling

A very kind reader recently sent me a link to a fascinating article at Salon.com entitled How I Learned to Haggle. The article outlines a

Personal Finance 101: What Is a Bond?

Pros and Cons of Bonds Amy writes in: You often talk about investing in bonds. I don’t even understand what bonds are, let alone how

04.17.09

Some Thoughts on Investing For Your Kids

As I mentioned before, I started saving for my children’s college education as early as I possibly could – in mid-2005 for my son and

Riding the Market Up

Ada writes in: Like you, I think the stock market is near the bottom right now and will go up greatly in the next three

02.25.09

Understanding CD Rates

Dennis writes in with the following question about CD rates: My credit union has CDs. The rate for a three-month CD is 1.88% while the

02.15.09

Tips For Low Risk Investments

Jamie writes in: I’m twenty eight years old and am now debt free. I’d like to start investing, but I have almost no tolerance for

Personal Finance 101: How Much Money Is That Investment Really Earning Each Year?

Understanding the Annual Rate of Return and What it Means for You Quite often, when you see an advertisement trumpeting the amazing annual rate of

01.13.09

The Selling of Gold

Over the last several months, I’ve seen a continuous increase in the number of advertisements out there for gold. For me, this reached a fever

Personal Finance 101: On Ponzi Schemes and Other Things

Understanding Ponzi Schemes and Making the Right Investments One of the biggest financial stories of the last month or so was the revelation that Bernie

01.04.09

7 Huge Financial Mistakes I Made During College

Over the last few weeks, I have been reflecting on how many members of my rather close extended family are either near high school graduation

Hand-Me-Downs: Consumer Protectionism Gone Too Far?

After writing this, I’m pretty sure that this article will stir up some potentially intense comments. I encourage disagreement with my take on this situation

Review: The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Peter Schiff is a huge pessimist about the future of the economy, and because

The Intelligent Investor: A Century of Stock Market History

This is the third in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor.

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