Here's our latest linkfest of worthwhile reads on investing, personal finance, and stewardship:
Here are the new tax brackets in the House GOP plan (CNBC). The top rate of 39.6 percent remains, but the bill calls for four income tax brackets instead of the current seven. (An "FAQ" from the House Ways and Means Committee is here in PDF.)
Smart year-end moves to trim your 2017 tax bill (Kiplinger). Why pay more in taxes than you have to? Thinking ahead could save you money.
Why couples should see a financial adviser before they get married (The Wall Street Journal). As the sub-head of the article states, "People's spending habits and other money issues are often overlooked in premarital planning." Yup.
What's your uncertainty/humility score? (Christine Benz, Morningstar). Too often, financial guidance is characterized by a sense of certainty, rather than an appropriate level of humility. The truth is, there are many unknowns.
Investor Alert: Celebrity endorsements (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). The SEC warns investors not to make investment decisions based solely on celebrity endorsements. Do people really do that?
And from the blogosphere...
Evidence-based investing in 10 words or less (Phil Huber, bps and pieces). Many well-known investors weigh in here, offering their short and sometimes witty definitions of "evidence-based investing" — such as "Works on both a chalkboard and in real life" (Morgan Housel) and "Past performance may be indicative of future probabilities" (Charlie Bilello).
Evaluating the proposed individual tax reforms under the House Republican tax plan (Michael Kitces, Kitces.com). If you're interested in a deeper dive on the House tax plan, here it is.
Best HSA provider for investing HSA money (The Finance Buff). Based on the number of comments we received on Matt's recent post, Health Savings Accounts Grow in Popularity, Benefits Underutilized, HSAs are a hot topic among SMI readers.
How becoming a one-income household can make you better with money (Dave Domzalski, Forbes Bankable). Reduced income forces you to spend more carefully and to become more resourceful. (Also see "We Can’t Live on One Income!" from our May 2017 issue.)
All of the world's money and markets in one visualization (Visual Capitalist). Interesting, and perhaps a bit unsettling.
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