July 2023 Article Roundup

As usual, it is time for another roundup of some of my favorite posts from around the web from the last month. Some of these I’m a regular reader of, and others came from similar roundups (credited when possible). While I try to keep it focused on FIRE specifically, it’s mostly about personal Finance.

Interested in why the best strategy is to just buy and hold for as long as possible? JL Collins has an update to his stocks series and takes a look at this.

Personal finance is built on compromise. The Best Interest Blog looks at this eternal struggle of how best to allocate cash when you have multiple priorities.

There aren’t many if any ways to get rich quickly. None of them are consistent. The best methods are slow. Tony Isola takes discusses just this.

Jon Luskin had a great post discussing risk management in a portfolio. As something I spend a lot of time thinking about, I liked giving this one a read. I stole this one from Can I Retire Yet’s roundup.

Morningstar had a great post for a retirement readiness checklist. While more focused on traditional retirees, some universals apply to early retirees as well. that I’ve stolen from Can I Retire Yet.

Do you have to be lucky to achieve FIRE? Go Curry Cracker takes a look at that dismissal of the hard work it takes to achieve FIRE as just being luck.

Sometimes you need a break. Physician on Fire looks at some reflections from a burnout-induced break.

Is real estate a great investment? Sure, but it’s also a lot of work. Of Dollars and Data takes a look at the expected returns and compares them to how much work it takes to achieve them.

I always like looking at how other people invest. Maybe I’m just nosy that way. A Wealth of Common Sense takes a look at how the wealthiest of us invest.

A Wealth of Common Sense takes a look at some reasons why the higher interest rates haven’t caused as much of a downturn in the economy as expected.

Is a 100% stock portfolio viable? How much does diversification get you? A Wealth of Common Sense takes a look at both of these problems.

Are valuations too high? Too low? Can you reliably tell? Of Dollars and Data looks at some of the problems with using valuations to try and predict the future.

Now in an ideal world, 50 years from now I’d still need only $48,000 a year to enjoy the same quality of life as I could on that same amount today. However, inflation exists and we’ll have to deal with it. Retirement Researcher takes a look at some of the ways you can prepare for and deal with inflation.

Retirement Researcher takes a look at how you really can’t time the market perfectly enough to be worth the work.

Need some help designing a retirement portfolio? Can I Retire Yet has some questions to answer that could help.

Money with Katie takes a look at if the starter home is the start of the way to owning a swankier place and how interest rates play into that.

While I’m a fan of more traditional FIRE rather than some form of BaristaFIRE or CoastFIRE I do like to see how others approach these same problems. The Fioneers have a new interview doing just that.

A Wealth of Common Sense takes a look at a few different concepts that are overrated or problematic. While I don’t agree with everything I do think there are some good takeaways.

I always like to see how others have made FIRE work, some of the problems that they encountered, and how they overcame those obstacles. Can I Retire Yet has just one of those stories.

It’s been in the buzz recently how much Americans think they need to retire versus what they have. Financial Samurai takes a look at some of this data.

Unsure whether to pay off debt or invest? The White Coat Investor takes a look at this perennial question.

What is the optimal portfolio to maximize returns over the long term? This White Coat Investor post takes a look.

While some of this is specific to residents, I think that this White Coat Investor post has some good things to consider if you’re thinking of buying a house.

If I had to pick an overarching theme for this month I’d have to say it’s how risk should play into your portfolio design. Be that on the way to FIRE or once it’s been achieved.

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