Behind the scenes: 3 case studies about money that will make you laugh, cry, & vomit

I'm fortunate to hear a lot of interesting (and very personal) money stories, most of which cause me to either burst into a radiant smile or threaten immediate suicide. Today, I want to pull back the curtain to tell you about 3 people I've heard from in the last few days. A 32-year-old woman who just discovered she's been paying ...

5 myths of personal finance (plus: stupid advice)

What are the most common mistakes in personal finance -- especially among blog readers? I recorded a 30-minute interview with Flexo and Tom over at the Consumerism Commentary podcast with extensive notes below. It's called Stupid Financial Advice + The 5 Myths of Personal Finance. Stream the interview or download my melodious voice here. Notes: [00:00] Introduction from Flexo [00:...

I’m guest writing at the New York Times this week

Last week, I wrote about the Guest Post Strategy to get people to read your stuff. This week, I'm a guest writer at the New York Times. Here's a quote from something I wrote: "Your friends will try to convince you that target-date retirement funds aren’t as high-returning and exciting as their fancy stocks (which they probably picked using ...

“Why would anyone keep investing when the market keeps going lower every day?”

A friend forwarded me these, and I wanted to share them with you. Don't automatically discount them just because they come from a financial company. These are excellent. Think carefully about where you want to be 10-20 years from now, investing-wise. 4 hypothetical investorsView more documents from ramit. Anatomy of a market decline: Why it pays to think long termView ...

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Why “average is not normal” — and why most people get this wrong

Tons of people have withdrawn all their money from the stock market because....well, they don't really know why -- it just feels "bad" to keep it in. Logically, we all understand that the stock market's average return of about 8% is an average -- meaning it goes up and down -- but when our 401(k) drops 40%, we ...

20 questions that your financially unprepared friends are afraid of

Note: In many cultures, you would be considered a huge jackass for asking these questions out loud.   1. How much money do you spend each month? 2. Where does it go? 3. Where do you want it to go? 4. Are you rich? 5. What does rich mean to you? 6. Hey, how’d you pay for that iPhone? ...