Financial Planning for Geeks

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Student Loans and the Hierarchy of Savings

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“What’s the best way to pay off my student loans? How should I prioritize them against my other goals?” These are common questions for younger people, who have many competing priorities for each dollar they earn. Read on for some perspective about where student debt falls in the hierarchy. [...]

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401(k) Basics, Part 2

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Last time I went through the basics of what 401(k) plans are and how they work. This time, I’ll be focusing on how to evaluate the investments available in your plan. [...]

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401(k) Basics, Part 1

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I’ve been working on an educational blog and thinking about topics which would serve my younger readers. One of the questions I get a lot is how 401(k)s work and how to choose the investments. [...]

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Good News!

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I read another great article this month, this time about good news. It’s by Matt Ridley, and it’s called “Good News is Gradual, Bad News Sudden.” It turns out that the bias toward reporting bad news is also getting worse over time... [...]

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No-Nonsense Investing and My Value

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You realize, deep down, that no one really knows what’s going to happen next, or when we might hit a market high or a low. Someone might get lucky and be right once or twice, but no one can reliably predict how a market or a specific sector or an asset class will perform. [...]