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Selling Stocks at an All Time Market High?

By almost every measure, the stock market in the United States has hit several all-time highs over the last few weeks. This has led several Simple Dollar readers to write in and ask whether or not now is the time to sell. Tom, for example, writes: “With stocks being so high I am getting kind of nervous. […]

Setting an “Impossible” Goal

My goal over the next eighteen days is to write a first draft of a novel. Eighteen days to get about 150,000 words of a rough draft down on paper. That’s on top of writing articles for The Simple Dollar and all of my other life responsibilities. I’ve had this idea in my head for a long while and I decided that the best way to do something about it is to just get down to business. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #150

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. For the sesquicentennial edition of Ten Pieces of Inspiration, I’ve decided to share my ten favorite speeches. Most of these have appeared before in this column, but I’m bringing them back because I love them so much. […]

When Should I Invest?

One of the biggest fears that people have when they begin investing is that they’re going to make a “dumb” choice and not get the best investment returns that they could get. […]

What Is Your “Target Day”?

“You know, almost every day I spend a day just ‘living for the day,’ I go to bed feeling like I wasted that day.” I told my wife this the other night as we were getting into bed. […]

Trick or Treat! Halloween Candy as a Personal Finance Lesson

This evening, my children will be dressing up and running about in their neighborhood, knocking on doors and requesting candy. If they match last year’s performance, they’ll be bringing home multiple pounds of mini candy bars, Sweet Tarts, and other goodies. Naturally, they’ll eat a few pieces while they’re out and about – I certainly did when I was their age. […]

Reader Mailbag: Happy Halloween

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Wedding gift conundrum 2. Cheap and healthy lunches 3. Refund concerns 4. Prayer and personal finance 5. Unsure about next investment steps 6. Child’s expensive birthday requests 7. Getting rid of documents 8. […]

Inequality Among Children

When I was younger, I was always frustrated when my parents didn’t treat their children exactly the same. I thought it was unfair when they would do something to help one of my brothers, but I also thought it was unfair when they would do something to help me individually. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Taking Things for Granted Edition

It’s so easy to take things for granted in our lives. We have a good thing that lasts and, before long, we kind of assume that good thing will last forever. No good thing lasts forever without some care and maintenance. Relationships. Health. Nothing. You have to give something of yourself to maintain everything of worth in your life. […]

A Calm Response to Financial Infidelity

A version of this article appeared previously on US News and World Report Money. The core of any marriage is trust. You are trusting virtually every aspect of your life to your partner and you reasonably expect the same in return. One of the biggest elements of that trust is with money. […]