5 years blogging.
That said, I don’t see any internal signs of slowing down – which is, of course, the message which comes from long time bloggers right before they stop blogging. Is there any way to hang a lampshade on it without looking like you’re about to hang up your keyboard? Anyone? Bueller?
Links We Liked!
- Okay, we’re biased – but we loved SaveSpendSplurge’s take on the Golden Rules of Personal Finance. She claims she was inspired by some other blogger, but if so it was the equivalent of the mustard seed growing into a big tree. A great read.
- Sam the Financial Samurai penned a piece on the difficulties of mortgage lending… from the prospective of a lender! We wouldn’t be ready to step back into that ring – our recent refinance took 59 days: “But why is this so difficult? I’ll be paying more than a thousand a month less with the new mortgage.”
- 101 Centavos fact checks a ZeroHedge article which ran with the picture of a lot of unsold cars… claiming that poor car sales was proof of a continuing global recession. We agree with his conclusions, and tangentially believe we’re still slotted somewhere in the middle class…
- At Greekbackd, a nice post backtesting a few investing strategies – ironically and pleasingly using the Fame and French data set to calculate value’s ‘recent’ premium. A good read.
- Pauline at Reach Financial Independence has a new dog – and we loved the pictures, so you need to go over there and check out the young Great Dane.
- Our friend Vicky at Funny About Money also has a newish dog, but unfortunately it’s got some health problems (to add to the list of other unplanned challenges!) she’s been dealing with – wish her luck with however she chooses to proceed with the pup.
- Free By 50 does the math – ultimately, it can be worth it to borrow more money to get a car with better mileage. In other words, there is a value premium on high MPG… add that nugget of wisdom to your wisdom.
- Jason Hull breaks down a study on the psychology of investing more by diving into a study which figured out how framing led to an increase in money saved. Yes, framing. Go read it!
- Political Calculations highlights a nice visual from on where Journalism Majors actually end up working. Hint: not journalism. Somewhat related: when I was at school at USC, we had a joke for folks in LA who said they were actors/actresses: “Oh? Where are you a waiter?”
- Vanessa at Financial Uproar doesn’t have to convince me being ‘selfish’ with your money isn’t a bad thing. So, your failing is you choose to use your resources wisely? I can’t buy the counterargument.