The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: March Madness Edition

As usual, I submitted the same exact bracket to a bunch of different NCAA bracket contests. This year, I’m doing really, really well, though I’m not perfect. My bracket percentage is 90.3%, believe it or not, as I have guessed 47 of the 52 winners so far correctly. I guessed right on most of the big upsets (my only big whiff was Dayton advancing at all) and I correctly guessed that Wichita State wouldn’t make the Sweet Sixteen and my West and East regions were 100% perfect.

I’m worried about this weekend, though, because some of my picks assumed healthy teams. I have teams winning that are struggling seriously with injury and I have other teams losing that played much better than I expected.

Still, in at least a couple of contests, I am in legitimate contention for prizes. I think this is the best I’ve ever done through the first weekend of the NCAA tournament in terms of picking teams, so I’m pretty excited.

How to Diversify Investments When You’re Just Starting to Invest This is a really great beginner’s guide to investing outside of retirement. I have mixed feelings about Betterment, which this post advocates, but those thoughts deserve their own article. (@ dough roller)

Want to be Financially Successful? Read More than Personal Finance Books There’s something useful in almost every section of the library. The more you understand life, the more you understand what you need to do to be successful. (@ saving advice)

What if You Didn’t Have to Worry About Yourself? It would make things easier, that’s for sure. It would also probably change the basis on which you make decisions. (@ zen habits)

Not even one note You have to care or else you’ll never become great. (@ seth godin)

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