Sunday AAR (04MAR2018)
The Sunday After Action Review is a collection of the best articles that we’ve read this week.
Know of a good article or blog that we should read? Please let us know in the comments.
- Don’t fall for “The Optimization Trap“. This is where you make small tweaks to your finances to save money while ignoring the big items like your costs for housing and transportation. Kind of like eating some carrots for a snack while chomping pizza every night for dinner. BTW, Get Rich Slowly is a resurgent blog since being reacquired by its founder late last year. It’s good reading.
- Daniel the author of the Military Life Planning blog lost his wife when she died last year at the age of 32. He shares some lessons about life and loss.
- The Military Dollar has a good post about what you should be seeing/getting if you opted into the Blended Retirement System (BRS). The author has offered to help if you opted in on Jan 1st, but didn’t get the government contribution for January or if you opted in by accident. She’s also answering questions in the comments. If you need more information about the BRS, see our resource center.
- I’ve been seeing discussion about allowing the discharge of student loan debt in bankruptcy (Zerohedge) also here (CNBC).
- All of my stock and bond holdings are in target date funds. This is primarily because it’s easy and eliminates the risk of driver error. This article is a good overview of the advantages.
- Here’s a New York Times article about a new twist on tax scams. This would be double pain – first you get scammed and second you have to deal with the IRS to work it out.
- Anyone who follows baseball is familiar with the spike in home runs the last two seasons. The wonky fivethirtyeight blog took a hard look at baseballs to see if they are juiced. I originally read this article on my phone. This one deserves a look on a non-mobile browser.