Friday, January 1, 2010

Short Takes: New Year’s Edition

Happy New Year! Despite the reduced number of articles written over the holidays, I still found a few interesting things to read.

1. Many people advocate a “core and explore” approach to investing. This amounts to setting a solid core of investments plus a smaller amount of “play” money. When the advice comes from a financial advisor, it amounts to a core of index investments plus some explore money for active management. Larry Swedroe explains the evidence supporting this approach and then demolishes it in part 1 and part 2 of his article.

2. Preet went looking for Olympic hockey tickets to the men’s gold medal game. The price is unbelievable!

3. Million Dollar Journey analyzes the finances of an IT contractor with the happy problem of deciding what to do with an unexpected $23,500.

4. Big Cajun Man put together a carnival of money stories with a boxing theme.


  1. Thanks for the mention.


  2. Thanks for the link Michael. A few weeks ago I sent my brother tickets (five rows from the ice) for the Sens at Kings (he lives in LA) and the tickets were $75. A far cry from the Olympics, and even unheard of for Leafs tickets (against other poor teams, too).

    Humbug! :)