Here's our latest collection of interesting reads on investing, personal finance, and stewardship.
- The golden age for bonds is over (Charlie Bilello, Compound Advisors blog). "Bond investors need to keep their expectations in check." (The unlikelihood of robust bond returns in the years ahead is one reason we launched SMI's DAA strategy in 2012.)
- Inflation rate calculator: Customize your own Consumer-Price Index (Wall Street Journal). "Your" inflation rate has a lot to do with your personal spending patterns.
- "I'll buy on the next pullback" (Michael Batnick, The Irrelevant Investor). Easy to say, tough to do.
- 3 tricky decisions for every retirement plan (Christine Benz, Morningstar). Thinking about withdrawal rates, long-term-care insurance, and annuities.
- The biggest mistakes people make with Social Security (Wall Street Journal via Advantage Benefits). Some of these "mistakes" may be matters of opinion, but they are worth thinking about.
- One simple thing (Dennis Friedman, Humble Dollar). In praise of financial simplification.
- High-Deductible Health Plans: Don't let the name scare you off (Kiplinger). And don't forget that you can combine an HDHP with a tax-advantaged Health Savings Account.
- The seldom thought of reason for not cosigning (Leo Sabo, Christian Stewardship Network). "My dad cosigning for me was a mistake. But not for the reasons you might think."
- The state of household debt in America (Visual Capitalist). Mortgage debt has doubled since 2003. School-loan debt, meanwhile, has quintupled.
- Giving is a form of worship (Jill Foley Turner, National Christian Foundation). "When we give generously and sacrificially, it's not because God needs anything."
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