Prospects for 2014 have nothing to do with 2013 (MarketWatch). More evidence that it’s futile to try to predict the market’s future. Good thing there’s a place to turn for investors who buy in to this idea!
10 new tech tools to make holiday shopping easier (US News). It’s never been simpler to shop smart.
The gift we love to receive but forget to give (LinkedIn). This one won’t drain your wallet and doesn’t require wrapping, but it’s likely to be fondly remembered for years to come.
Seattle man’s frugal life leaves rich legacy for 3 institutions (Seattle Times). Frugal to the very end, his hope-inspired generosity will continue making a difference for a long time to come.
The most difficult time of year (Christianity Today). Good advice about managing the many expectations of the Christmas season.
And from the blogosphere…
Milton Friedman responds to Pope Francis (AEIdeas). Friedman’s views of greed and self-interest may grate against your sensibilities, but his larger point about capitalism may resonate.
The most hated bull market in history? (Guru Focus). “You can’t win if you don’t play.” Indeed.
The circle of competence (Farnam Street). The challenge is knowing how wide to draw the circle.
If the world only had 100 people, this is what it would look like (Todd Rhoades). Puts a lot of things in perspective, especially poverty and homelessness.
The grace of receiving (Stewardship Ministries). There’s a lot of focus on the gifts we’re planning to give at this time of year. But how do you tend to respond to those you receive?
We’d love to hear your responses to any of the above. To weigh in, just meet us in the comments section.
By Matt Bell
Matt Bell is Sound Mind Investing’s Associate Editor. He is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress, leads workshops at churches and universities throughout the country, and has been quoted in USA TODAY, U.S. News & World Report, and many other media outlets.