Coming up next week: Book review, talk at Commonwealth club, financial stuff

Ramit Sethi · April 20th, 2007

Here’s what I’m working on for next week:

On Monday, I’ll be reviewing Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success, written by Penelope Trunk, a blogger and columnist for Yahoo Finance and the Boston Globe. There are lots of books written for young people about how we should live our lives. This one is actually good. The book won’t be released until May 25th, but you’ll get the chance to win signed copies of the book before it’s released to the general public. That’s on Monday.

On Tuesday, I’ll be speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco (event details):

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People in their 20s and 30s are facing stagnating incomes, mounting credit-card debt, never-ending student loan payments and seemingly skyrocketing housing costs. They could be the first generation in almost a century that will not surpass or even equal their parents’ standard of living. What should they be doing differently? What role if any should the public and private sectors play in helping these young adults with their financial woes?

I’ll be on the panel speaking not so much about debt, but how young people think about money these days. If you’re local, come to the Commonwealth Club at 6pm and let’s meet up.

On Wednesday I’ll probably do nothing. And I’ll like it.

Thursday I’m going to try to get back to basics and write about investing. I’m thinking about asset allocation, but we’ll see.

And Friday will be another Friday Entrepreneurs (see all the past Friday Entrepreneurs here).

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  2. I vote for you to do a piece on asset allocation. As in depth as you can please!

  3. outwiththejive

    I also would like your take on asset allocation. Just finished a book by the same name by Gibson. It was a decent read, but parts were a little dry (as many investing books tend to get).
    I can see this topic expanding and having lots of good discussion. Cheers!

  4. I call dibs on a free book! 😀

  5. You should create a spin-off blog just for Friday Entrepreneurs.

    1 post, once a week, of pure entrepreneurial goodness.


  6. debt kid

    I just came across your blog here. Yay for another young person blogging! I am 23.

    Our generation knows little to nothing about money. Our parents (at least mine) never told us anything, and now we are being told by the media. It’s crazy.

    I wish I had known what I know now, three years ago, about what it feels like to be in debt. BEFORE I got myself really, really, in debt (like 300k+ in debt…). Live and learn I guess.

    I’m gonna go read some of your friday posts, I’m an entrepreneur as well…

  7. Jack W.

    Please do a piece on asset allocation! Even a little bit would help!

  8. Oh drats…I can’t make the Commonwealth event, my burning man camp is having its first meeting that night. I’m a fan of your blog and I took one of Robinson’s classes at Berkeley and he was one of the most engaging profs there. It would have been fun to hear two of my favorites at once!

  9. sfordinarygirl

    I called the Commonwealth Club to reserve tickets but haven’t received a confirmation. Is there any other way of reserving student tickets? I left a phone number on their ticket line. No one picked up at the main number. thanks!

  10. Ramit Sethi

    Hmm…that’s weird. Try calling their SF office at (415) 597-6700 or their San Jose office at (408) 280-5530. You can also register online.

  11. Aaron S

    hey Ramit, any chance you’ll be getting to that asset allocation article soon? Something on that from you would really interest me. I’m currently figuring out how to invest my RothIRA that i just finished up on tax day :). That and I’ve got some other investments I’m trying to assess for their diversity, etc.


  12. Ramit Sethi

    Ack, sorry. It slipped off my radar and I won’t be able to get to it for a few weeks at the soonest.

  13. Troy Hoshor

    Another request for the asset allocation article. I’ve recent got into the Roth IRA world (since my employer doesn’t match) and can’t seem to bridge the percentage-type recommendations I see on financial sites with the actual funds. I’ve also noticed that index funds (what I was most interested in) have a higher minimum ‘buy in’… which goes against me using a Roth IRA. Anyways… looking forward to your (future) article!

  14. Bit late to the party — and maybe I’ve missed this elsewhere – but on what basis is the writer of that paragraph assuming that 20- and 30-somethings are facing “stagnating incomes?”