The Atlantic is asking “Are Index Funds Evil?”

The Atlantic recently published a piece asking a very interesting question: do index funds have the (accidental) impact of limiting competition and driving up prices? Really smart people are taking both sides of the debate. That's a good sign that it's worth thinking about. In April 2014, Azar, Schmalz, and Tecu posted an early draft [...]

By |2018-02-21T20:29:00-05:00August 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Atlantic is asking “Are Index Funds Evil?”

Money in One’s 20s and 30s

There are lots of issues common to folks in their post-college, pre-middle aged years. Here are answers to many questions people in that age range often ask me. I am, of course, happy to provide more specific answers and update the post to reflect concerns left out–just make comments, I’ll be reading them actively. 1) Why [...]

By |2018-02-21T20:29:00-05:00June 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Money in One’s 20s and 30s

Catch me over at the Billfold with Meghan Nesmith

See the latest conversation I had with Meghan Nesmith about money for the Billfold (part of the Awl). It's mostly about retirement with brief detours to wage stagnation, consumerism, gender and investment, and Canada. Just wanted to add the obvious caveat that though Meghan and I had a great time, that's not us pictured in the [...]

By |2018-02-21T20:29:00-05:00March 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Catch me over at the Billfold with Meghan Nesmith

A Financial Professional Who isn’t Serving Their Clients Best Interest, Is a Crook

There have been some big developments recently on trying to make financial professional more accountable to their clients. Matt Yglesias does a great job explaining this: "While concerns about improper actions by investment advisors should certainly be addressed, an overly broad proposal could price professional financial advice beyond the reach of many modest income families." I [...]

By |2018-02-21T20:29:01-05:00February 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Financial Professional Who isn’t Serving Their Clients Best Interest, Is a Crook

21 Things I Think About Real Estate

A friend recently sought some counsel regarding a house purchase. I wrote up a few thoughts. Perhaps they are interesting to people beyond their initial recepient. For your reading pleasure: Compare real estate investment to other investments. It's typically unwise to buy if renting a comparable place is cheaper and you plan to move again within [...]

By |2018-02-21T20:29:01-05:00February 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|5 Comments

CFPB Mortgage Comparison Tool

Today the CFPB launched a tool to help us all compare mortgage rates available in our areas. If you are shopping for a mortgage you should definitely check it out!

By |2018-02-21T20:29:01-05:00January 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CFPB Mortgage Comparison Tool

1% More

I recently ran across a great tool from the NYT The 1% More Savings Calculator. Play with it. It really helps show how much small changes in saving today can make an enormous difference down the road. Let me know what you think.   http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/03/24/your-money/one-pct-more-calculator.html

By |2018-02-21T20:29:01-05:00January 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 1% More
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