This week’s picks for the best in personal finance from around the web.

The incredible gold-interest rate correlation (MarketWatch). How low could gold go?

Cash reserves can extend nest egg’s life (Fidelity). You won’t earn much interest, but that isn’t the point.

The big estate-planning goof you may be making (Next Avenue). Fortunately, fixing this mistake is free and easy.

The 5-decade plan for a successful retirement (Financial Times). If you don’t have five decades left to save for retirement, pass this article along to someone who does.

Money is a terrible way to measure the value of a college major (The Atlantic). Some encouragement for history or English majors, and their parents.

And from the blogosphere…

Still a textbook start to 2014 (Bespoke). It’s scary out there (at least for those without a plan), but take heart — we’ve seen this movie before.

Look out below, follow through edition (The Big Picture). When the market tumbles, the desperate “search for a simple narrative that explains complex events of unknown causation” begins. Nice.

Gurus achieve an astounding 47.4% accuracy! (Rick Ferri). We all know that predicting the market is a fool’s game, but did you know it’s this foolish?

17 supermarket tricks, tips, and inside secrets you’re probably clueless about (Consumerist). It turns out that keeping the milk in the back of the store isn’t a trick. Who knew?

An MBA for under a grand? Seriously? (Poets and Quants). And from Ivy League classes, no less. But this program comes with a big catch.

We’d love to hear your responses to any of the above. To weigh in, just meet us in the comments section.

Matt Bell

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.


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