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Past Performance Is Not A Guarantee Of Future Returns

Quite often on The Simple Dollar, I’ll put up a description of a financial situation that one of my readers finds themselves in, or I’ll create a straw man to illustrate the point. I’ll give an age and a situation, and then apply an investment choice to that person to see what happens when I …

A New User-Requested Feature At The Simple Dollar

Recently, I’ve seen a few emails from readers wanting to know if there was a way to browse through the extensive archives of the site without going page by page through the long archives. In short, there wasn’t. Until now. If you look over at the right hand menu on this site under the Archives …

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Sorry, Virginia, There Will Be No Book

After reading the frank discussion yesterday about publishing a book based on this site, I have decided not to invest the effort in writing a book. That’s not to say the response yesterday was entirely negative – it wasn’t, and it’s clear to me that even those who were negative support this site a lot. …

Gauging Interest In A “Simple Dollar” Book: What Do You Want To See?

As many of you know, I created a book proposal about two months ago and have been trying to shop it around to book publishers. The proposal describes a book that is basically a distillation of much of the advice on personal finance given on this site and it comes in at an estimated 600-650 …

Why Talking About Myself Is Important When Writing About Personal Finance

I spent some time reading through the site recently and I realized how often I talk about myself and my own experiences on here, everything from my specific goals to my values and dreams, as well as a lot of the financial realities of my life. Now, given that this site focuses on personal finance …

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The Longest Night

Over at I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit is collecting stories about debt, and as the first anniversary of my financial armageddon approaches, it feels like the right time to write about it. I wrote about the meltdown before in passing: So, what finally happened? One night, I came home from work and …

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What Is Personal Finance? The Answer Might Be More Than You Think…

This is an interesting question that has been popping up again and again as I continue this blog. It’s becoming clear to me that my definition of personal finance is quite a bit wider than the definition others have of that term, so I decided to explore what exactly personal finance means in my book …

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Ask The Readers: Should I Slow Down?

Over the past month, I have received several comments from readers stating that they love the site, but that it’s either too much to keep up with or that they’re just barely keeping up. Obviously, long time readers know that I can write a lot, and the truth is that I enjoy it, but I …

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Some News And Notes About The Simple Dollar

I have several little bits of news and a few notes to share about The Simple Dollar that somewhat continues a few threads that have been going on on this blog for a while and that readers have asked about with some regularity. I wrote this in the form of a question and answer forum. …

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Insights Into My Mind: A Recent Interview

In the last few months, I’ve been interviewed several times as a result of the success of this site. One recent interview, however, really stood out because the interviewer went immediately into questions a lot more interesting than “why do you write about money” and “how popular is your site” (the usual questions, in other …

The Readers Have Spoken: Here’s What’s Coming Up

Recently, I asked you for some ideas on what you wanted to see here, and the response was tremendous. It basically helped me to map out some of the things I’m going to write about over the next few months. Here’s how the responses broke down (and how I’m going to tackle them here): Big …

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Ideas For The Simple Dollar: Which Ones Interest You?

Lately, I’ve been musing over some future directions for The Simple Dollar: what sorts of things might be interesting to my readers? I’ve made a list of a few series that I’ve been thinking about starting and I wanted to get some input back from you on which ones you’d really like to see. Here …

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Please bear with me…

For those of you wondering what’s going on, The Simple Dollar’s traffic has been escalating like crazy since its inception and it finally got to be too popular for my hosting plan to handle, resulting in the site’s severe downtime in the last 18 hours or so. I have worked out a temporary solution so …

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10 Lessons The Simple Dollar (And Its Readers) Has Taught Me

When I started this blog, I made a deep commitment to myself that this was going to be the linchpin for building my understanding of personal finance issues in many directions. I’ve spent countless hours at the library researching about personal finance, talking to financial professionals, and talking to other people facing the difficulties of …

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Digging Through The Comments: Readers Of The Simple Dollar Speak Out

Occasionally, I like to highlight comments about various articles on The Simple Dollar for several reasons. One, it lets me highlight some of my best readers and let them know that I really value their comments. Two, it lets everyone else know how integral comments are to The Simple Dollar. And three, after sifting through …

Maybe I’m Feeding The Trolls, But It’s Worth Discussing Anyway: The Fundamental Values of The Simple Dollar

Recently, the following comment was automatically deleted by my spam filter; I only happened to see it as I was looking through my spam logs while trying to identify a problem. At first, I thought this comment was merely trolling at its worst, but then I realized that there is actually a point here, one …

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What Would You Like To See At The Simple Dollar?

Now I turn to you, the reader of The Simple Dollar, and ask, “What would you like to see posted about at The Simple Dollar?” I’d love to hear some of your ideas; please, leave a comment on this post or send me an email or an IM with your ideas for posts or post …

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Want To Keep Up With The Simple Dollar? Here Are A Few Options

First of all, I hope you’re enjoying reading The Simple Dollar. I put a lot of work into this site on a daily basis because I have a passion for personal finance issues and I want to share the interesting things I learn with the world – apparently, you like to read it, too. This …

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Happy New Year from The Simple Dollar!

Here’s hoping that 2007 will be as great as 2006 was.  For me personally, 2006 was the year I realized I needed to undergo a financial transformation, and I began the process.  I end the year with no outstanding credit card debt, I paid off my truck early, and I’m invested in a mutual fund.  …

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