Sunday AAR (29JUL2018)
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.
Author’s note: We had a misfire earlier. A draft version of this article was inadvertently posted. This is the final, revised version.
- Not So Predictable – If you read one story on this week’s list, make it this one. Jonathan Clements sums up many of the questions that I’ve personally had about the economy and society as the country ages and retirement gets longer.
- Is your home a better investment than the stock market? – JD Roth examines and calls BS on an article from Slate.
- The forever fallacy – Another good JD Roth article from this week. Assuming that things will always continue the way they have been is why high earners/spenders and medium earners/spenders go broke.
- Updating Some Performance Charts & What I’ve Been Reading Lately – These are excellent visualizations of the historical performance of stocks, bonds, and cash.
- 10 Money Revelations From Being a Parent – Interesting thoughts on money and kids. The first one “Yes, kids are expensive but…” is very true in my experience. For me, it was kids = fewer toys, bike races, and more diligent saving.
- Why You Should Never Trust Inflation Numbers – Inflation is one of the primary factors that drive retirement planning. This article explains how the Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures inflation and why it may not matter to you.
- You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling – Military life can be hard on a marriage. This is no surprise to military members. At the end, this article links to more details from a Navy study.
- Why I Stopped Following Dave Ramsey – I’m currently reading Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover (checked out free from the library). Ninja Budgeter’s critiques are all true. Ramsey isn’t appropriate for someone well on their way to early retirement. On the other hand, if you’re mired in debt and considering bankruptcy, Ramsey’s systematic approach has proven effective. I’m not the target audience, but I’m enjoying the book.
- My First Big Investment Blunder – If possible learn from other’s investment mistakes. A couple of days ago Still-In posted his portfolio. Instead of picking individual stocks and other investments we advocate low fee index funds.