Our latest picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web.
- Some bonds are better diversifiers than others (Morningstar). What you want is a less than perfect correlation with stocks. Treasuries work well. High-yield bonds, not so much.
- Freezing credit will now be free. Here’s why you should go for it (NY Times). While it makes access to new credit a little less convenient for you, it makes it much less convenient for ID thieves, and that's the point.
- Declining Medicare part B (AMAC). If you plan to work past age 65, you don’t have to accept the government’s health insurance, but you do have to know the rules.
- Medicare supplement plans are changing: What you need to know (Reuters). The doors are closing on the most popular plan.
- How pre-existing conditions can affect Medigap insurance (Kiplinger). While we’re on the subject of Medigap insurance…
And from the blogosphere…
- Long-term news (Collaborative Fund). The always-brilliant Morgan Housel turns his wry sense of humor toward economic news that matters and economic news that doesn’t.
- Investors should assume that they are no better than average (Behavioural Investment). Are you confident that you don’t exhibit overconfidence?
- Making your reality work (Money Maven). On the importance of controlling what you can control, especially when it comes to retirement planning.
- Two tweets and a comment: Spending in retirement (The Retirement Café). A bit more on the same subject — it’s good to estimate how much you may spend in retirement; just plan to re-run the numbers regularly.
- How can I avoid scams that target the elderly? (Schwab). Steps you can take now to protect your future self.
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