The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
Every blogger and her brother are singing the praises of passive index funds. Can the pendulum swing too far in their direction? Ben Carlson of A Wealth of Common Sense asks, Could Index Funds Become Too Popular?
Bogleheads and ETF.com fame weighs in on the topic of passive index funds and their popularity, too. Myth Busting Index Investing.
A young, retired investor who isn’t sold on solely index fund investing discusses technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and the Lollapalooza Effect. That’s not the music festival, but the term coined by Charlie Munger. From Mr. Tako Escapes, Is Investing Just Pattern Recognition?
I focus on money in America because that’s where I am most of the time, but it’s a great big world out there. J. Money at Budgets are Sexy has taken a look at money facts and quirks from all around the globe. You’re guaranteed to learn something new in:
If you use my links or those from Travis, the Student Loan Planner, you’ll get a generous cash-back bonus. If you get a credit card via this site, half of my referral profits go to charity. Go through one of the bigger sites, and those things ain’t happening. Why No One Wants to Give You a Student Loan Refinancing Cash Back Bonus.
I do!) and nobody wants to consider the fact that retiring early may not be all it’s cracked up to be (Financial Samurai does!) The Negatives Of Early Retirement Life Nobody Likes Talking About.
Some people love to talk about the many awesome things you can do when not beholden to a job. Fritz from The Retirement Manifesto shared What I Learned From A 7,000 Mile Train Journey in his first summer since beginning his early retirement.
Big ERN also started his Early Retirement Now (earlier this summer, actually) and took an even more epic journey. Epicer? Nah, that doesn’t work. Eight Lessons After Eight Weeks Of Early Retirement.
ESI Money keeps those millionaire interviews coming. Another batch of five for the voyeurs out there who like the nitty gritty details.
- Millionaire Interview #71
- Millionaire Interview #72
- Millionaire Interview #73
- Millionaire Interview #74
- Millionaire Interview #75
Mary Ann Needs Your Money!
I’ve always been more of Mary Ann guy than a Ginger guy, so this one hits home. A friend of Dawn Wells, the actress who portrayed Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, started a gofundme page to help raise $180,000 to help the actress out.
Why does she need help, you ask? She “suffered through the banking crash,” owes the IRS money, has hospital bills from an accident, and is moving to a “fab retirement village” in Glendale.
Umm…her $5,000 goal.
You can guess which gofundme I chose to support.
Update: A big Thank You to the anonymous and other donors who contributed to Aime’s cause.
I’m Going to Disney World!
How does one celebrate being named a finalist for Blog of the Year at Fincon’s Plutus Awards? By going to Disney World, of course! It helps that the conference and awards ceremony are conveniently being held in Orlando, Florida this year.
This week will be a mad scramble to get everything lined up and planned out not only for our big trip, but also to make sure everything is written and prepared for publication here on the website.
I got some great tips from Disney veterans when I mentioned that I’d be going once before, but if you have one quick tip that you think will help us out — we’re going with our 7 & 10-year old boys — be sure to share that in the comments. Thanks, friends!
Oh, and regarding the award, I’d put money on the Cleveland Browns beating the Detroit Lions by a score of 2 to 1 in Super Bowl LIII than I would on me taking home the hardware, but it’s an honor to be recognized, nonetheless.
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Have a splendid week!
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