It's Roundup time! Here's our latest collection of recent articles on investing, personal finance, and stewardship.
- Why do so many investors sell out too early? (Howard Marks, Financial Times). Investors tend to sell at the wrong times and for the wrong reasons.
- Inflation & the elephant (Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture). To some degree, inflation is in the eye of the beholder.
- Fed releases long-awaited study on a digital dollar, but doesn’t take a position yet on creating one (CNBC). "A [Central Banking Digital Currency] could fundamentally change the structure of the U.S. financial system," the study says.
- Is the Fed responsible for an 800% gain in the stock market? (Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense). The Fed's impact has been huge, but don't overlook other factors.
- U.S. fund flows smashed records in 2021 (Morningstar). Investors poured $1.2 trillion into traditional funds and ETFs last year — nearly double the previous record set in 2017.
- 18 charts that explain the American economy (Full Stack Economics). No one can really "explain" the economy because millions of interrelated factors are in continuous motion. Still, these charts are interesting.
- Here's how the new IRS life expectancy tables affect required withdrawals from IRAs, 401(k) plans (CNBC). "The agency's new tables assume you’ll live longer, which may have the effect of reducing the amount you need to withdraw."
- TIAA offers annuity product for corporate 401(k) retirement plans (Wall Street Journal). Companies now offering annuities in 401(k)s include TIAA, BlackRock, AllianceBernstein, State Street, JPMorgan Chase, and Nationwide — mostly via target-date funds.
- What happens to your digital assets and cryptocurrency when you die? Even with a will, they may be overlooked (CNBC). Tips on "settling your digital estate."
- Financial success in the Kingdom of God (Leo Sabo via MoneyWise). "The solopreneur and the FIRE movements have one thing in common.... They speak to something we all long for: a life that provides us with a sense of freedom, enjoyment, and a deep sense of meaning."
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