The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Mutual Fund Week Edition

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Well, my book proposal isn’t quite done, but it’s pretty close – close enough that I’m not looking at the document for a short period to let my mind rest before I do another read-through to finish it up, then pass it off to some people for review. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out.

On another note, to get The Simple Dollar back into the swing of things, I’m happy to announce that this week is “Mutual Fund Week.” Each weekday, I’m going to be posting two posts on mutual funds, how they work, and how you can make them work for you. The earlier posts this week (Monday and Tuesday) will focus on the very basics so that you aren’t lost if you’re unfamiliar with funds, while the later posts in the week will look at some more advanced topics.

Also, I am considering making a rather big announcement here in the next month. Some of you who have been reading the undercurrents of this blog may know what that announcement is already. It’s going to require some serious soul-searching and may also affect the posting frequency at The Simple Dollar (my current plan has The Simple Dollar’s weekday schedule shifting from six weekday posts down to five, and staying at three on weekend days). I have to have some serious discussions with my wife about the plan, however, and some intense budget calculations. I plan on writing about all of this in the future, but right now it’s under wraps.

With all that being said, here are a few interesting personal finance posts.

How To Lose $40,000 In Seven Years If your company is matching your 401(k) and you’re not investing, you are throwing away a pile of money. (@ efipo)

How Rewards Credit Cards End Up Costing You More If you have a rewards card, that’s not an excuse to buy more stuff. (@ wise bread)

When Do You Need A Financial Planner? My opinion is generally “never,” but here are some good arguments for situations when you may need one. (@ queercents)

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