Some of the best recent investing and personal finance articles from around the web.
- Bucket portfolios faced a real stress test in 2018 (Morningstar). Some complain that the bucket strategy puts a drag on returns, but those who follow the approach were thankful for it last year.
- Steady retirement spending is a myth (New York Times via Star Advertiser). If building a sufficient nest egg seems like less than a perfect science, figuring out your retirement spending will be even less so.
- When taking Social Security at 62 could be wise (Fox Business). While it may be generally best to wait before claiming benefits, there are some exceptions.
- Beware, the IRS is looking for these red flags when it decides who to audit this tax season (MarketWatch). Unfortunately, being especially generous may seem suspicious to the IRS.
- Their adult daughter is struggling financially. Should they give her money? (Vanguard). It can be tough to say, “no.” But it may be best.
And from the blogosphere…
- How the patient investor sees the world more clearly (Pragmatic Capitalism). Patience may be an investor’s greatest strength.
- 5 non-financial factors for a fulfilling retirement (Love Being Retired). Learn from the regrets of those who retired before you.
- Attention to my pre-retiree self: You need to know this! (Satisfying Retirement). More helpful advice on the same topic as the previous article.
- Worried faces (Above the Market). “Good investing is powerfully rewarding, but it can take decades to arrive. It is a long, often tedious slog in the same direction.”
- Leaving a legacy no matter how much money you have (Next Avenue). Some of the most important things you’ll leave behind can’t be captured in a will.
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