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20 Best Investing Blogs of 2016 – The College Investor

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I am very flattered to be included in this list of the 20 Best Investing Blogs of 2016  compiled by Robert Farrington on his outstanding blog The College Investor, with it’s tagline “Investing and Personal Finance for Millennials.”

20 Best Investing Blogs of 2016

I know and follow many of these people and read their blogs on a regular basis. There were a few that were new to me and I plan to add their blogs to my regular reading list as well. If you like to read about investing and financial topics this list is a great place to start.

Jim Blankenship, Financial Ducks In A Row

Josh Brown, The Reformed Broker

Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense

Kathryn Cicoletti, Ms. Cheat Sheet

Jim Dahle, The White Coat Investor

Sam Dogen, Financial Samurai

Eddy Elfenbein, Crossing Wall Street

Michael Kitces, Nerd’s Eye View

Larry Ludwig, Investor Junkie

Michael Piper, Oblivious Investor

Ben Reynolds, Sure Dividend

Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture

Jeff Rose, Good Financial Cents

Todd Tresidder, Financial Mentor

Joe Udo, Retire By 40

Tadas Viskanta, Abnormal Returns

Roger Wohlner, The Chicago Financial Planner

The Dividend Guy Blog

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

The Mad FIentist

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My Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2015

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I hope that 2015 was a good year for you and your families and that you’ve had a wonderful holiday season. For us it has been great to have our three adult children home and to be able to spend time together as a family. We saw the movie Sisters on Christmas day and I highly recommend it.

My Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2015

Hopefully you find many of the posts here at The Chicago Financial Planner useful and informative as you chart your financial course. Whether you do your own financial planning and investing or you work with a financial advisor my goal is to educate and provide some food for thought.

In the spirit of all of the top 10 lists we see at this time of year, here are my top 10 most read posts during 2015:

Life Insurance as a Retirement Savings Vehicle – A Good Idea?

7 Tips to Become a 401(k) Millionaire

4 Signs of a Lousy 401(k) Plan

Is a $100,000 a Year Retirement Doable?

4 Reasons to Accept Your Company’s Buyout Offer

401(k) Fee Disclosure and the American Funds

Is My Pension Safe?

My Thoughts on PBS Frontline The Retirement Gamble

7 Reasons to Avoid 401(k) Loans

YOU RECEIVED A PINK SLIP AND SEPARATION AGREEMENT – NOW WHAT?

I continued to write elsewhere as well, most notably Investopedia and Go Banking Rates.

I want to thank you again for your readership.  I invite you to contact me ( or thechicagofinancialplanner at gmail dot com) to ask any questions that you might have, to tell me what you like or don’t like about the site and to suggest topics that you would like to see covered here in the future. Don’t miss any future posts, please subscribe via email.

I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.

What I’m Reading – Aaron Rodgers vs. Peyton Manning Edition

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This week’s Sunday Night Football match-up features my Green Bay Packers visiting the Denver Broncos. Besides being a match-up between two unbeaten teams, it is a rare pairing of the Packers Aaron Rodgers against the Broncos Peyton Manning. Both are certain first ballot Hall of Famers when they retire.

Here are a few good financial articles to read while waiting for the kickoff:

Barbara Friedberg discusses 7 Ways to Avoid International Checking Account Fees at Go Banking Rates.

Catey Hill shares These 100 execs have more retirement savings than 40% of America combined at Market Watch.

The big news this week were some changes in a popular couples Social Security filing strategy arising out of the Congressional budget deal and these folks covered this topic well.

Michael Kitces tell us that Congress Is Killing The File-And-Suspend And Restricted Application Social Security Strategies at Nerd’s Eye View.

Mark Miller discusses Budget deal will end Social Security file-and-suspend strategy at Retirement Revised.

Mike Piper informs us about New Social Security Rules: What You Need to Know at Oblivious Investor.

I continue to write for Investopedia, here are two of my recent contributions:

Your 401(k) Has Lousy Options? Here’s How to Deal

Retirement: You Can’t Save Too Much, But How Much is Enough?

I recently became a contributor for  Go Banking Rates, here are a couple of my recent contributions:

8 Things Not to Do in Retirement

12 Things You Should Never Do With Your Money

Happy Halloween! Enjoy the game. Go Pack Go!

Please contact me with any thoughts or suggestions about anything you’ve read here at The Chicago Financial Planner.

What I’m Reading – Super Bowl I Rematch Edition

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This week’s Monday Night Football match-up features my Green Bay Packers hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at beautiful Lambeau Field.

This is a rematch of the first Super Bowl (actually called the NFL-AFL Championship) played in the LA Coliseum in January of 1967. I was nine and even at that point a Packer fan for life. There were 30,000 empty seats and neither network (the game was televised by both NBC and CBS) preserved a recording of the game. An old tape copy from an individual was recently restored. This is a far cry from the hype that surrounds the Super Bowl today.

The Packers had 10 future Hall of Famers plus Coach Lombardi. The Packers won 35-10. let’s hope for a similar result this time around as well.

Here are a few good financial articles to read while waiting for the kickoff:

Christine Benz discusses Dos and Don’ts for Mutual Funds Capital Gains Season at Morningstar.com.

Barbara Friedberg shares the 20 Dumbest Moves First-Time Investors Make at Go Banking Rates.

Sarah O’ Brien tells us that Financial planning is beyond investments, retirement plans at CNBC.com. 

Jim Blankenship warns us about Identity Theft Protection  at Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row.

Elizabeth O’ Brien discusses When financial ‘advice’ is really a sales pitch at Market Watch.

I continue to write for Investopedia, here are a few of my recent contributions:

Betterment’s all-ETF Online 401(k) plan

Restricted Stock Units: What to Know

Closed-End Funds: A Primer

Enjoy the game. Go Pack Go!

Please contact me with any thoughts or suggestions about anything you’ve read here at The Chicago Financial Planner.

What I’m Reading – NFL 2015 Season Opener Edition

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I write this on a sad date, September 11. The morning of September 11, 2001 I was waking up in a hotel room in Clinton, IA and would be doing an employee benefits seminar for Ernst & Young later in the day. The first plane hit the tower and the cable news commentator speculated that it had gone off course. We of course learned the truth shortly afterwards. What a sad day and I’m sure none of us will ever forget where we were or what we were doing.

On a happier note the NFL season started last night with the Patriots beating the Steelers and most importantly there was no news about the firmness of Tom Brady’s balls. The real season starts on Sunday and I will be rooting for America’s team The Green Bay Packers.

It’s starting to look like fall here in the Chicago area; here are a few good financial articles to curl up with this weekend:

Mike Piper answers a reader question Should I Still Contribute to a 401(k) if I Plan to Retire Early? at the Oblivious Investor.

Barbara Friedberg shares Top Tax Strategies for Retirement at Investopedia. 

John Rekenthaler discusses Where Active Management Succeeds (or Fails) at Morningstar.com. 

Mark Hulbert shares Opinion: An investing lesson from the 9/11 tragedy at Market Watch. 

Jim Blankenship explains RMDs From IRAs  at Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row.

I continue to write for Investopedia, here are a few of my recent contributions:

Robo-Advisors Face First Market Downturn Test

Why Market Timing Should Be Left to the Pros

Annuities and Baby Boomers: The Pros and Cons

Have a great weekend.  Yes the recent stock market volatility is unsettling but always take a deep breath and fall back on your financial plan before reacting to this or any stock market or economic activity.

Please contact me with any thoughts or suggestions about anything you’ve read here at The Chicago Financial Planner.

What I’m Reading – NFL Training Camp Edition

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Training camp is in full swing for the teams in the NFL which means the start of football is only about a month away.  I enjoyed the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the huge win in the Stanley Cup finals for our Blackhawks and certainly the great performance by our women in winning soccer’s World Cup.  However football is the end all be all for me in terms of sports.

I love the college game but as regular readers here know I am a lifelong and diehard fan of the America’s team, the Green Bay Packers.  Let’s hope the defense holds up this season and they can shake off their collapse in the NFC title game and go on to return the Lombardi Trophy to its rightful home.

Here are a few articles I suggest for some good financial reading:

Robert Powell writes The secret to a happier, healthier life?  Just retire at Market Watch.

Barbara Friedberg shares The Dark side of High Yield Investing at US News.

Dan Caplinger discusses Why a 401(k) Match Matters More Than You Think at The Motley Fool.

Michelle Singletary asks There is a retirement storm coming.  Are you prepared? at The Washington Post.

Sterling Raskie shares How to Interview Your (Potential) Financial Advisor at Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row.

Lisa Hay urges retirees to Have a plan when tailoring retirement draws to your income at Market Watch.

Have a great week.  As I requested in my last post What Should I Write About? please contact me regarding any financial topics that you would like to see covered as well as any questions or comments you might have about the blog.  

What I’m Reading – Winter Chill Edition

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It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend and it’s really cold out.  For the next week we are supposed to be in the “deep freeze” so to speak.  Our friends in the Boston area are supposed to get slammed with even more snow.  We will be spending Valentine’s Day inside, I’m making shrimp scampi for dinner and I made sure that we had appropriate sweets and some bubbly to celebrate as well.

Here are a few financial articles I suggest for some good financial reading this weekend:

Barbara Friedberg shares The Power of Raising 401(k) Contributions at Investopedia.

Anna Wroblewska details The 3 Keys of Effective Financial Planning at The Motley Fool.

Priya Anand warns us Looking for love? Watch out for these 3 scams at Market Watch.

Michael Santoli asks Negative interest rates: Coming to America? At Yahoo Finance.

Kevin Mercadante shows us how to determine Are You Being Paid What You’re Worth? at Cash Money Life.

Mike Piper answers How Do Child’s Benefits Affect Social Security Claiming Strategies? at Oblivious Investor.

Michelle Fox tells us Here’s how a janitor amassed an $8m fortune at CNBC via Yahoo Finance. 

I continue in my role as a contributor for Investopedia and here are my most recent articles for them:

Which ETFs You Should Avoid

How Advisors Can Fight Shrinking Management Fees

A Financial Advisor’s Guide to Millennial Clients

Robo-Advisors and a Human Touch: Better Together?

Planning for Healthcare Costs in Retirement

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Happy Valentines Day and stay warm.

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