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

Bernanke dares you to buy stocks (MarketWatch). Were the Fed chairman’s market-moving comments this week a trial balloon?

The life-changing decision that many ignore (MarketWatch). A good reminder to double-check some very important paperwork.

What stock to buy? Hey, mom, don’t ask me (NY Times). An economist comes clean about how little he and his colleagues really know about the stock market.

Student loan problems: one-third of millennials regret going to college (Forbes). A reason to question the conventional wisdom about going to college.

5 easy ways to save money in retirement (US News). Not sure that they all qualify as “easy,” but some good ideas nonetheless.

And from the blogosphere…

Random thoughts: comebacks, intraday reversals, and the like (The Big Picture). Putting Wednesday’s crazy market action into perspective. An especially worthwhile reminder: “Be aware of your own timeline.”

Real retirement advice from real people (Free Money Finance). Words of wisdom from those who know.

5 must-have disaster apps (Main Street). Some helpful tools for your disaster preparedness kit.

5 gifts your favorite college grad could actually use (Business Insider). And here’s one for your favorite high school grad.

Take your time (The Reformed Broker). Nice, simple thoughts to contemplate on this long holiday weekend.

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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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