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My Favorite Books and Podcasts: 2018

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When we need advice, most of us consult a friend. There is nothing like a personal referral from someone who has “been there/done that,” and has your best interests at heart.

Pen, notebook, earbuds, phone, microphoneSo, traditionally, around this time of the year, I’ve written a “Favorites” post like these I did in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

But this past year, Chris started doing our monthly “Best of” posts. He includes both his and my favorite blog posts each month. Judging from the traffic, this is a popular format and a good way for readers to get an overview of the financial blogosphere.

So, rather than reviewing my favorite blogs again here, I’ll switch gears and give you my favorite books and podcasts.

I love blogs, but I still read a number of financial books every year, for a deeper dive into key topics of interest. And most of us find podcasts to be an incredibly convenient format for learning while on the go. I typically listen to several each week.

Here are my favorites from the past year….

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November 2018 Best of the Web

It's time for our monthly collection of articles to help you save more, invest smarter and retire sooner. We share several newsworthy events and announcements that occurred in November. The IRS announced increased contribution and income limits … [Continue reading]

Are Health Care Sharing Ministries A Viable Alternative To Health Insurance For Early Retirement?

Like many Americans planning early retirement, our family’s biggest challenge is obtaining affordable health insurance. We’re searching for an affordable, long-term solution to bridge the gap from employer provided coverage to Medicare. My recent … [Continue reading]

Navigating ACA Tax Credits to Purchase Affordable Health Insurance

A massive challenge for Americans planning to retire early is determining how we’ll obtain affordable health insurance. The earlier you want to retire, the more challenging it is to determine how much you need to bridge the gap until Medicare … [Continue reading]

Getting Higher Returns on Your Cash

dollars through hourglass

"Put your money to work," my grandmother would advise. Getting the highest possible return on your cash seems to be a mark of honor among frugal prospective retirees. But, with interest rates in the tank for most of a decade, if you haven't bothered, … [Continue reading]

October 2018 Best of the Web

October has been a crazy month in the world of finance. The stock markets have been volatile and trending downward. In the past week, the market gave up all of its gains for the year to that point. Many wonder if this could be the start of a bear … [Continue reading]

Pretirement: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Pretirement is a term being proposed to describe a phase of life between career and retirement. Pretirement is a process that takes place over years, even decades, versus a single decision to retire. It is characterized by cutting back on work … [Continue reading]

Is The Three-Fund Portfolio Right For You?

Investing is simple. But it's not easy. Most people do best with a passive investing approach utilizing index funds. This minimizes unnecessary investing costs, taxes and common behavioral mistakes made when more active approaches to investing are … [Continue reading]

How Accurate Should Your Retirement Calculation Be?

caliper measurement

You run out of money. That's the fundamental event that most retirement calculators try to predict. If there's a strong probability that your money will last your lifetime -- congratulations -- you're financially independent! But, if not, then you … [Continue reading]

September 2018 Best of the Web

It's time for the best articles we've found around the internet in the last month to help you save more, invest smarter, and retire sooner. This month's articles explore how to generate income in retirement from your portfolio and Social … [Continue reading]

A Week In The Life of a FIRE Household

My journey to financial independence and retiring early (FIRE) started largely because I was burnt out on my career. This led to an oversimplified solution. If my career was the source of my unhappiness, I should pursue the opposite: … [Continue reading]

Using Real Estate to Retire Early

I connected with real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and educator Chad “Coach” Carson in 2015 when we were both getting into blogging about financial independence and retiring early (FIRE). We’ve developed a friendship around our similar … [Continue reading]

Investing in Land

Twin Meadows

Most financial experts will tell you that investing in land is a bad idea. And they're probably right. At best, on average, in many cases and places, land will only appreciate at the rate of inflation. And it won't produce any income while sitting … [Continue reading]

August 2018 Best of the Web

It's time for the best articles we've found around the internet in the last month to help you save more, invest smarter, and retire sooner. This month's selections explore the latest move in the price war to lower investment fees and what it means … [Continue reading]

Our Investment Plan: What We Do, What’s Changing, How We’ve Performed

A reader recently asked me to share my investment choices and portfolio breakdown. I'll do this by sharing our investment policy statement (IPS). This includes our asset allocation, strategies to control investment fees and taxes, and plans for … [Continue reading]

5 Lessons Learned In My Year As a Landlord

I've been intrigued by real estate for years. I first saw it as a way to accelerate my path to early retirement. More recently, I’ve considered the benefits of diversifying out of paper assets due to high stock valuations and low interest rates. … [Continue reading]

Microadventures Before and After Retirement

Muir Trail Ranch junction

Travel, adventure, seeing and being in new places, is the spice of life for many of us. But there is never enough time. In the working years we mostly have to make do with a few weeks of vacation annually. By the time family obligations and house … [Continue reading]

July 2018 Best of the Web

I hope everyone is getting outside, enjoying the long days, and having a great summer. Next Monday, we'll resume publishing new, original, weekly content. First, it's time for the best articles we've found around the internet in the last month to … [Continue reading]

DIY Investing Resource #4: All About Asset Allocation

The following post was originally published on Eat the Financial Elephant in March 2015, shortly after my wife and I dug out from under our past investing mistakes. It is the fourth of the four most valuable resources that helped us go from feeling … [Continue reading]

DIY Investing Resource #3: The Intelligent Asset Allocator

The following post was originally published on Eat the Financial Elephant in March 2015, shortly after my wife and I dug out from under our past investing mistakes. It is the third of the four most valuable resources that helped us go from feeling … [Continue reading]

DIY Investing Resource #2: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

The following post was originally published on Eat the Financial Elephant in February 2015, shortly after my wife and I dug out from under our past investing mistakes. I posted it as the second of the four most valuable resources that helped us go … [Continue reading]