Financial Blog


How couples can create a shared plan for the future

J.D.'s Intro Last December, I took a trip to Europe with my cousin Duane. Before I left, I received email from a GRS reader named Matthias. “If you come through Switzerland, let me know,” he said. The stars aligned so that Matt was able to join us for several hours on a train across the […]

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Which financial advice should you trust?

Commenting on a recent article, Carmine Red asked an excellent question: How do you evaluate the financial advice you get from other sources? Specifically, how do you decide if some piece of advice is for you, or if you should discard some adjacent advice. Is there an amount of pick-and-choose? GRS definitely doesn?t seem like […]

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The best investing apps for 2019

J.D.'s note: This article marks the GRS debut for my business partner, Tom Drake. Tom's primary role is managing the technical and business sides of things, but as a long-time Canadian money blogger, he'll contribute the occasional article here at GRS. It has never been easier to invest. In only a few years, the rapid […]

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More money, less happiness: When money makes you miserable

Money, the conventional wisdom says, doesn't buy happiness. Modern psychology seems to back this up, with studies suggesting that beyond an income of $75,000, money doesn't make you any happier. This conclusion is simultaneously obvious and counter-intuitive. As an abstract principle, most us acknowledge that money doesn't buy happiness. But, at the same time, we […]

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The Portland Timbers and me: A personal case study in opportunity costs and conscious spending

Saturday night, Kim and I joined 25,216 other soccer fans to watch the Portland Timbers defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 during a crazy rare August rainstorm. (Portland gets a lot of rain…but not in early August.) The match was a lot of fun, with three terrific goals. Here. I'll share highlights with you… I've owned […]

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Seven things college freshmen don?t need ? and ten they do

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The Spend Safely in Retirement Strategy

Last month, the Society of Actuaries (a group I was born to belong to!) published a mammoth (84-page) report entitled “Viability of the Spend Safely in Retirement Strategy”. Despite its opaque title, this report (written by Steve Vernon, Joe Tomlinson, and the estimable Wade Pfau) contains some interesting info about planning for retirement income. On […]

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Death by a thousand cuts

I've been on the internet for a long, long time. Via local Bulletin Board Systems, I started reading USENET newsgroups — mostly Star Trek and comic book and computer game stuff — during college in the late 1980s. I got sucked into the world of MUDs. Soon after graduating, I heard about this new thing […]

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A brief guide to the Equifax settlement ? and how to get what you?re owed

Two years ago, credit reporting agency Equifax suffered an enormous security breach. Hackers gained access to the personal data of 147 million Americans: Social Security numbers, credit card details, and other sensitive information. Almost half the U.S. population was affected. Recently, Equifax reached a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to provide compensation for […]

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The power of focus: Why you should tackle one goal at a time

I used to be the sort of guy who loved to have a list of goals. At least once a year — usually around New Year — I'd sit down and make a list of all the things that were wrong with me, all of the things I wanted to change. In 2007, for instance, […]

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