Here is our Winter solstice roundup of recent reads on investing and personal finance. (Even if the market doesn't bounce back right away, at least we know the minutes of daylight will grow from this point!) 

And from the bloggers and pundits...

  • Surveying the damage (Michael Batnick, The Irrelevant Investor). Things sure have gotten ugly out there.
     
  • No place to hide (Charlie Bilello, Pension Partners). When one type of investment is going down, another is going up. At least much of the time. But not this year.
     
  • Once more, without feeling (Cliff Asness, AQR). Why do we find the 2018 stock market so stressful? We're likely comparing it to last year's abnormal calm.
     
  • A history of Fed rate hikes (Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense). Didn't know this: "For a long time, the Fed didn't even tell investors when they were changing rates.... It wasn't until the 1990s that the Fed began communicating to the public in a meaningful way."
     
  • Using Tiller Money for cash flow tracking and budgeting (Lindsay Bourkoff, Kitces.com). A financial planner reviews Tiller, one of the four online budgeting systems mentioned in our new January article, 4 Options for Budgeting Online.

Have comments about any of the articles above? Please "Join the Discussion" below. And Merry Christmas!