This week’s picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web.

Is the economy due for a recession? (The Atlantic). “Expansions don’t die of old age.”

Rekenthaler: My asset allocation (Morningstar). Why one of the best investment writers invests aggressively.

5 tips for easing into retirement on your own terms (The Fiscal Times). Practical advice to help smooth the transition.

Replacing work: A new purpose can lift your emotional well-being (NY Times). Planning for your financial well-being in retirement is just one of the keys to success.

Protecting yourself and loved ones from elder financial abuse (CNBC). It’s a surprisingly widespread problem. Here’s how to avoid it.

And from the blogosphere…

What to make of these twice-in-history S&P 500 valuations (Bloomberg View). “Mean reversion doesn’t run on a schedule.”

How long will this bull market last? (The Irrelevant Investor). A good post that ends with a question all investors should consider.

A watched portfolio never performs (Longboard). Why monitoring your returns too closely can make you an unhappy, unsuccessful investor.

Annuities: All or nothing (The Retirement Café). The ideal age to buy an annuity.

Lessons after a burglary: physical security (The Finance Buff). Practical advice from one who learned these lessons the hard way.

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