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A basic financial planning checklist.

Ah, it’s Friday. And more than most Fridays, I’m looking forward to the weekend. As I’ve mentioned, Kim and I have spent the past few months prepping our home for sale and then putting it on the market. The inspection period ends today, and we seem to have reached a win-win agreement with the buyers, so my mind is more at ease than it has been in weeks.

But you’re here for money news, right? Let’s get to it. Here are a few of my favorite personal-finance stories from around the web.

In praise of target-date mutual funds. [Morningstar] — “Target-date funds take asset allocation and investment selection wholly out of investors’ hands — not just at a single point in time but at least until retirement. They provide an element of inexpensive, quite reasonable investment advice for people who might not otherwise be able to afford it.”

A basic financial planning checklist. [Oblivious Investor] — “What follows is just a brief checklist of financial planning topics, all of which should probably be addressed before spending much time thinking about exactly what is the correct allocation to international bonds or whether index funds are preferable to ETFs.”

What happens to your digital assets when you die? [Kiplinger] — “It’s important for all of us to begin to see the often-overlooked presence of digital assets in our lives and estates and to start a conversation about how these new forms of property, their use and ownership should not be neglected.”

The Instagram ads that Facebook won’t let you see. [Signal] — “Companies like Facebook aren’t building technology for you, they’re building technology for your data. They collect everything they can from FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to sell visibility into people and their lives. This isn’t exactly a secret, but the full picture is hazy to most.”

To close things out for the week, here’s my favorite video in months. I’m not joking. It’s an eight-minute clip showcasing Nela Zisser, a “competitive eater”, as she devours 5000 calories in chicken and waffles — in under five minute!

It’s intersting to see how her consumption slows as she progresses. It’s as if her body is racing her brain. She’s trying to eat everything before her subconscious realizes she’s full.


I have to say that after watching this, I’m hungry for chicken and waffles…

Okay, that’s it for this week. Jim will be back next week with more of the bset from the world of personal finance.