Here's our first-of-March roundup of interesting reads on investing and other money-related topics. Enjoy!
- Less God, less giving? (Philanthropy). "Religious practice is the behavioral variable with the strongest and most consistent association with generous giving."
- Vanguard trims 10 ETF expense ratios (ETF.com). More falling prices.
- The No. 1 way scam artists fool people into parting with their money (MarketWatch). A good companion piece to our March newsletter article, Protecting Seniors From Financial Fraud and Exploitation.
- 6 fast facts about 529s (Morningstar). A crash course on one of the most popular vehicles for saving for college.
- You don't need a PhD anymore to read Fed's statements (Reuters). How 'bout that? Federal Reserve policy statements are getting easier to read.
And from the bloggers and pundits...
- Killer vees (Michael Batnick, The Irrelevant Investor). "Killer vees" are v-shaped — i.e., sharp down to up — changes in the market's direction. Another name for them is "whipsaws," as Mark discusses in The Indispensable Virtue of Persistence in this month's SMI newsletter.
- Not caring: A unique and powerful skill (Morgan Housel, Collaborative Fund Blog). "There are two drivers of enduring investment performance: 1) Doing something others don't. 2) Doing something others do but during a time they don't want to."
- Is it worth having a high-deductible health plan to be eligible for a Health Savings Account? (Financial Samurai). As with any financial choice, there are pros and cons.
- Top 3 TurboTax alternatives (Jeff Rose, Good Financial Cents). It's that time of year again.
- Don’t retire. Re-fire. (Warren Cole Smith, Breakpoint). A group of Christian leaders based in Colorado Springs is hoping to ignite a change in the way Christians view retirement.
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