This week's picks for the best in personal finance from around the web---a day early this week because of the Independence Day holiday.

Remembering Larry Burkett ( If you read no other articles in this week's Roundup, read this one. For those who are relatively new to SMI, it was Larry who influenced Austin to start Sound Mind Investing.

One reason today's jobs news isn't great for your money (Time). A reason for caution in the unemployment news.

Global investors pare risky bond holdings, brace for sell-off (CNBC). A closer look at the bond market, which has surprised a lot of analysts this year.

It's time for your midyear financial checkup (USNews). I like to check on taxes at this time of year to see if anything has changed that might warrant a change in withholding. How about you?

Caring for mom and dad? Take care of yourself, too (MarketWatch). A caregiver's survival guide.

And from the blogosphere...

What kind of an investor are you? (A Wealth of Common Sense). Did you pass the 2008-2009 market test?

Surprise: Retirees did fine in the recession (Encore - a MarketWatch blog). Apparently, financial wisdom really does grow with age.

Still navigating the retirement jungle after 4 years (Love Being Retired). The view from one who is "unofficially retired."

Charlie Munger on the value of thinking backward and forward (Farnam Street). An idea for better money management and more.

4th of July reflections (AEIdeas). A few more reasons to celebrate---and to give thanks for the freedom and opportunities that are easily taken for granted.

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