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

Welcome to the post-QE economy (Time). What the world may look like when the Fed stops tampering—ah, starts tapering.

Obama’s ‘firing’ of Fed chief Bernanke strikes a nerve (MarketWatch). Is the head of the Fed on his way out?

For retirees, a million-dollar illusion (NY Times). Why a million dollars isn’t what is used to be.

How composting could benefit pocketbooks and the environment (MarketWatch). A wake up call about how much food we waste.

Want to change the world? Sponsor a child (Christianity Today). That small monthly investment really does make a difference.

And from the blogosphere…

Welcome to the sausage factory (The Reformed Broker). “The carnage, bred through emotion…” Indeed.

“What’s your outlook on the markets and the economy?” (The Big Picture). Great stuff on all who dare to forecast the future, and those who make the mistake of listening.

Finance blogger wisdom: summer reading (Abnormal Returns). Still looking for a good finance book to bring to the beach? You do read finance books at the beach, don’t you?

The shocking truth about medical bills that can save you thousands (Get Rich Slowly). A good reminder about the power of simply asking for a better price.

Ask an admissions expert (Varsity Tutors). Have a college-bound kid in the house? Here’s a helpful peak behind the admissions curtain.

What’s your take on any of the above?

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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