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All About Bonds: How They Work and When to Buy Them

Stocks get most of the play when it comes to investment news, books, and articles, with bonds typically playing the role of the sidekick. But bonds are an important part of your portfolio, and the bond market is both larger than the stock market and arguably more complex (as anyone who has read or watched The Big Short knows). Show More Summary

Inspiration from Kaia Kater, Jane McGonigal, Billy Bragg, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Ralph Waldo Emerson on being yourself “To be yourself...Show More Summary

Why It’s So Hard To Pay Off Your Car Loan Early (And How To Do It Anyway)

You want to pay off your car loan early. But auto lenders make it extremely difficult to make principal-only payments. Here's what to do. Why It’s So Hard To Pay Off Your Car Loan Early (And How To Do It Anyway) appeared first on Money Under 30. © Moneyblogs, LLC.

Black Coffee: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Let’s dive right in this week, shall we? Here we go … “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, […]

Questions About Difficult Frugality, Paper Bags, Small Debts, Friendships and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Some frugality not worth it? 2. Feeling unmotivated after financial setback 3. Show More Summary

Welcome to the New Rich

Check out The Biglaw Investor or read Welcome to the New Rich It’s indisputable that we’re living in the most prosperous time the world has ever seen. And while you might think that’s always the case, there are plenty of historical periods...Show More Summary

Six Free, Gripping Documentaries That Can Change How You Think About Money

The well-done documentary film is a singular, wonderful piece of art. A great documentary can inspire, expose, educate, elucidate – and sometimes, do all of those things of that at once. I think they work best when they tackle a complicated issue, make us question our preconceived notions, and teach us things along the way. Show More Summary

Inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut, Sarah Rozik, Lao Tzu, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Kurt Vonnegut on building and maintaining “Another...Show More Summary

How to Shop Around Online: A Basic Guide

Tammy writes in: How does a person “shop around online”? I understand that you can buy things on Amazon and other web sites. Do you just go to different sites and look at prices and see what is cheapest? What about online rip off sites?...Show More Summary

You Want to Be a Capitalist

Check out The Biglaw Investor or read You Want to Be a Capitalist Let’s put aside the politically-loaded terms of communism and capitalism and think about the general difference between capital and labor. For basically all of history, you needed both capital and labor to produce anything of value. Show More Summary

Inspiration from Alice Walker, Henry David Thoreau, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Alice Walker on power “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker You are not powerless. Show More Summary

Course Corrections

About a week ago, I was listening to a wonderful friend of mine, Heidi, talking about Amelia Earhart. Out of the blue, right in the midst of those thoughts, she burst into song, singing part of this song a cappella: The lyrics of this...Show More Summary

Side Hustle #70: Making Rings and Jewelry Out of Coins!

[Okay guys, I think I finally found the PERFECT side hustle for us money nerds ;) Making money from money itself! Haha… The full circle of financial life! And here to amaze us with all his artsy wizardry, is Michael Bonard – founder of Money-Rings.com who shows us the ins and outs today. If you enjoy this, consider supporting his Kickstarter page so he can continue […]

Using Meditation or Prayer to Help Achieve Financial, Professional, and Personal Goals

It’s not a secret to long time readers of The Simple Dollar that meditation is one of my daily practices. I spend at least 10 minutes each morning meditating, usually by simply focusing on my breathing. I often meditate for another 10 minutes later in the day, as well. Show More Summary

Watch These 10 Famous College Commencement Speeches for a Boost of Inspiration

Every year, college graduates get the opportunity to enjoy commencement speeches from some of the biggest names in art, religion, sports, business, and every other conceivable niche. Over the years, lucky graduates have been able toShow More Summary

Inspiration from Casey Brown, C. S. Lewis, Michele Sullivan, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Nelson Bunker Hunt on goals “First, you decide...Show More Summary

Retiring in Your 30s or 40s – Crazy?

Check out The Biglaw Investor or read Retiring in Your 30s or 40s – Crazy? I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the early retirement crowd and realize that many lawyers aren’t familiar with it (and, really, why should they be?). Show More Summary

Wealthsimple Review: A Popular Fintech Company Comes to The U.S. (And Wants to Help You Invest Better)

Hey guys! Just got wind that one of the more popular Fintech companies in Canada (Wealthsimple) opened up here in the U.S., and if my spidey senses are on point as they usually are, I think it’s going to be another great company to contend with in the investing space. Outside of Vanguard, of course ;) If you’re just starting out with investing and/or want […]

Seeking “The Best” Versus “Good Enough”

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Tyler Cowen’s excellent book The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. In it, Cowen makes the argument that in achieving the relative stability that America has enjoyed...Show More Summary

Questions About Inheritance, Old Money Books, Fidgeting, Pickles, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Inheritance question 2. Converting attic into extra bedroom 3. Show More Summary

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