Friday, January 19, 2018

Short Takes: Minimum Wage, Index Investing, and more

Here are my posts for the past two weeks:

Dollars and Sense

Measuring Stock-Picking Skill

Underfunded Pensions

My Investment Return for 2017 

Here are some short takes and some weekend reading:

The Blunt Bean Counter brings us a thoughtful and balanced discussion of the minimum wage hike. He also discusses the importance of executors advertising for creditors.

Robb Engen at Boomer and Echo switched to index investing 3 years ago, and he explains how this has affected his life in terms of time, stress, and portfolio returns.

Canadian Couch Potato gives the Couch Potato portfolio returns for 2017. He also has a new podcast out where he interviews Shannon Lee Simmons, a fee-only financial planner and author of Worry-Free Money. During the podcast he explains that while cryptocurrencies may take over the world eventually, there is no guarantee that Bitcoin will be the winner. I’d say it’s not even likely.

Gail Vaz-Oxlade gives step-by-step instructions for getting out of debt in just 40 lines.

John Robertson compares the costs of Robo-advisors and DIY investing approaches. His comparison is relevant to those who could handle any of the choices but are looking for the right personal cost/hassle trade-off.

Big Cajun Man anticipates the day when we’ll interact with large businesses through chatbots. I’m not sure how widespread their use is right now.

1 comment:

  1. This comment could be done by a chatbot, but many of the Twitter responder sites are actually simple bits of programming to create more "interface" with the company and their possible customers. Thanks for the inclusion this week.