Personal Finance Blog & Articles

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The Total Cost of a Home Mortgage

Balancing a Checkbook, Quickly and Easily

Early Loan Payoff Benefits

Personal Finance: The Basics

Addressing Debt and Saving at the Same Time

The Infamous 4% Withdrawal Rate

Personal Finance Planning: Getting Started

Credit Card Statements and Billing Cycles

Is There Really Any Such Thing as "Good" Debt?

Emergency Fund and Saving in General

Economic Value and Survivorship

Websites

Bankrate - financial planning and Bank information

Social Security Administration - benefits and estimates

Annual Credit Report - free credit reports

Investing in Bonds - non-profit experts

www.Investopedia.com - financial term definitions and information

www.Dinkytown.net - calculators

www.MorningStar.com - stock and fund information

www.MFEA.com - Mutual Fund Education Alliance, non-profit Mutual Fund information

www.Treasury.gov and TreasuryDirect.gov - United States Department of Treasury
Bond and Security rates and information

Recommended Reading

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
by Thomas Stanley and William Danko (2010)

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (10th Ed.)
by Burton G. Malkiel (2012), originally written in 1973.

Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money: Getting the Most From Your Investments in Retirement
by Paul A. Merriman (2008)

Winning the Loser's Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing
by Charles D. Ellis (5th Edition - 2010)

Kiplinger's Guide to Investing Success: Making Money Today in Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds and Real Estate
by Ted Miller (2003)

Debt Free Living
by Larry Burkett (2001)

Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life
by John C. Bogle (founder of Vanguard) with WJ Clinton.

Retirement Income Redesigned: Master Plans for Distributions
By Harold Evensky & Deena B. Katz Note: The 1st half is insightful, the 2nd is heavy Math.

The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation
By John C. Bogle and Arthur Levitt Jr. (Aug. 2012)

The Intelligent Investor (Revised Edition) with commentary by Jason Zweig
By Benjamin Graham (2003)