January 2019 Best of the Web

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The biggest news from the investing world this month was also the saddest. John Bogle passed away. Investors lost their biggest ally. The world lost a great man. We start our round up of the best articles from around the web with a few paying tribute to Mr. Bogle.

There were several great articles for DIY investors and planners this month. We also examine fascinating trends regarding housing in America.

Our articles explore what determines the difference in life satisfaction between millionaires and the general population as well as boring habits of successful people.

We close with selections that deal with making decisions and developing a financial plan in the face of uncertainty.

Mourning the Loss of a Legend

I’m not sure why I was shocked to hear the news of John Bogle’s death. Mr. Bogle was 89 years old when he passed.

It may be the fact that he was still sharing his passion for investing, or more accurately helping investors, until the end. Just a few months ago, I shared two recent interviews with Mr. Bogle in our October Best of the Web post.

Many people share my admiration for Mr. Bogle and Vanguard, the company he created. Here are just two of the many tributes from around the internet.

JL Collins wrote Mr. Bogle Passes.

Rick Ferri wrote The Worth of a Man: A Tribute to John C. Bogle.

DIY Investing/Planning

Dick Young writes Nine Ways to Powerfully Boost Your Investment Performance.

Ben Carlson provides insights on asset allocation and diversified portfolios with Updating My Favorite Performance Chart for 2018.

Jim Dahle writes 10 Ways to Know You Are Competent to DIY Your Investments.

Big ERN asks Will FIRE turn into “Fake Independence Rapidly Evaporating?” in the face of recent market volatility.

Barbara Weltman writes The 13 Most Important Things to Know About 2018 Taxes.

Peak Housing?

Dave at Accidental FIRE provides fascinating data and graphics to help answer the question Have We Reached Peak Home Bloat?

What Really Matters?

A working paper from the Harvard Business School provides interesting insights on Time Use and Happiness of Millionaires.

Pete Weishaupt explains why You Should Adopt the Boring Habits of Successful People.

Dealing With Uncertainty

Retirement planning requires making decisions with imperfect information. We’ll close with two interesting takes on this topic.

Dirk Cotton writes Take Your Best Shot at a Retirement Plan.

Jonathan Clements writes Choosing Our Future.

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