Sunday AAR (15JUL2018)

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After Action ReviewThe 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.



  • The Ultimate Guide to Safe Withdrawal Rates – I’ve linked to several articles about safe withdrawal rates recently. Specifically, we’ve looked at the 4% Rule several times. This article is the introduction to the most comprehensive analysis of the problem that  I’ve seen – 26 (!) parts and counting as of late June. I’ve bookmarked this one for future reference.
  • Vanguard: You’ll make a lot less money in the stock market in the next 10 years – here’s what you can do – This one from CNBC, which is generally pretty shallow, but this one is pretty good. They link to a short video by Vanguard’s economic team.
  • Pain Postponed – This Humble Dollar guest post makes the case for after-tax contributions to Roth accounts. The logic is that we should expect higher tax rates in the future and should pay those taxes now rather than investing in tax-deferred accounts. No matter what you do take maximum advantage of any employer match available. It’s hard to beat an instant 100% return.
  • American Funds vs. Vanguard: Active vs. Passive Investing – Good analysis on this enduring question. We come down firmly on the side of indexed investments.
  • Truck Campers Escape the Rat Race – This is undoubtedly the first time that I’ve read Truck Camper Magazine. The couple bought a new truck and a bed mounted camper and left everything else behind. They started in 2011 and when this article was written two years later they were able to live on $800 per month. According to their journal as of January 2018 they were still at it.
  • The Things Men Wish They Knew Before They Got Married – Although Still-In and I have done quite well in this department, I hope you didn’t come to Military Millions for marital advice. Nevertheless, the fact is that picking the right spouse (or none) is one of the most important financial decisions you can make. This article is written by Bridget Phetasy. She solicited feedback from dudes and got some solid responses. The title has “Men” in it, but most of this works both ways.
  • Single-dose testosterone administration increases men’s preference for status goods – In other words, testosterone makes dudes want to buy expensive shit. Psychology is undergoing a bit of a crisis of reproducibility, but that’s way outside the subject matter of this blog. Regardless, this is an interesting read.


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