Some of the better investing and personal finance articles from around the web.
- Recession forecasts are so bad, they’re good (Bloomberg). Being wrong is one thing, but being predictably wrong actually may be helpful.
- A surprising reason your healthcare costs more in retirement (Money). Medicare may not be the bargain you anticipated.
- Which bucket should retirees tap first, for their heirs’ sake? (Kiplinger). There are a lot of moving parts to this decision.
- What is the Roth IRA 5-year rule? (Fidelity). Especially if you opened a Roth later in life, you need to understand this rule.
- Almost 40% of U.S. homes are ‘free and clear’ of a mortgage (Bloomberg). I wouldn’t have guessed the percentage is this high.
And from the blogosphere…
- Lessons from the 10 best years in stock market history (A Wealth of Common Sense). Even the best investors, like Benjamin Graham, can get crushed — and nine other lessons.
- Tax rate debate (Humble Dollar). An investing writer weighs whether to convert some of his traditional IRA money.
- Pension choices: Lump sum, single life or joint & survivor (The Finance Buff). If your employer offers a traditional pension, this is an important decision you’ll have to make one day.
- College isn’t for everyone (A Teachable Moment). Good companion piece to our June cover article, Is a College Education Still Worth the Investment?
- Inseparable pairs (Collaborative Fund). Many skills, like investing, work best when paired with other, more mundane, skills.
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