This is a special edition of our monthly 20 Cents roundup. Balance Junkie was born one year ago today. It’s been a pretty eventful year in the financial world, and I’m grateful to everyone who has shared their thoughts here over the past 12 months.
I hope to continue to grow our community in the coming year as well, but I’ve been told I need to be a little more forceful with self-promotion. It’s not something I’m terribly comfortable with, so if you know anyone who is interested in personal finance, economics, and life balance, please don’t be shy about mentioning BJ or forwarding articles you find particularly interesting. If you want to suggest anything you’d like to see more of on BJ, go ahead and send me an email.
I’d like send out a special note of thanks to Balance Junkie readers and to my fellow bloggers. So many of you have been so kind and encouraging in your comments, links, Tweets, Stumbles and Tips that I can’t possibly mention everyone here. Rest assured, however, that your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
I’m always honoured to receive compliments on the quality of my writing, and it seems to happen more often than I deserve. I’ve had several requests to write for other blogs this year. You can find some BJ content syndicated on Seeking Alpha. More recently I’ve become a contributing writer at both Money Crashers and Financial Highway. So if you want to subject yourself to more of my ramblings, you can find me (and some other really good writers) at these two online publications.
In honour of Balance Junkie’s first anniversary, I thought I would highlight two posts from each site instead of just one. So I guess you could say we’re offering 40 cents from November 2010 today. I know it’s not fancy, but I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I did, and I hope you continue to read and enjoy Balance Junkie!
1. The Dividend Guy suggested that buying a good dividend stock might be the Best Black Friday Deal. He’s got a couple of specific suggestions for you too. He also wrote about SRI – Socially Responsible Investing and asked whether you can make good money investing this way.
2. Have you started your RECP (Retirement Emotional Circle Plan)? Larry MacDonald suggests that we should Attend Charm School Before Retirement in his review of Lyndsay Green’s book You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? He also continued his informative series on What the Scholars Are Saying.
3. Tom wrote about a whole bunch of different Ways to Save Money at Canadian Finance. With today’s uncertain job market and less-than-stable pension system, Jim Yih writes that Despite the Challenges of Retirement Planning a happy retirement is achievable. He’s got some great ideas on what you need to know to get there.
5. Thoughts I Always Keep With Me – for Happiness was posted by Daniel at Personal Dividends. Find out the two key thoughts he focuses on each day. Meanwhile, Miranda wrote Productivity: Could Working Less Really Help You Get More Done? This article makes a lot of great points on how going full throttle 24-7 doesn’t always produce the best results. I’ve learned that the hard way – more than once.
6. Bret at Hope to Prosper asks us to Imagine a Life without Debt. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I can’t wait. Given his contempt for debt, I guess it’s not surprising that Bret’s not exactly a member of the Federal Reserve fan club. He’s got some pretty good reasons for it too, and he spells them out in The Federal Reserve Plunders America.
7. Kevin from Invest It Wisely wrote about Challenging Your Thoughts and Beliefs and suggested 3 Unconventional Investment Moves to Make in 2011. I love the idea of challenging our core assumptions, and stretching outside the box.
8. Squirrelers had a couple of good articles in November that made me think. First, there were 10 Tips to Improve Productivity. I’m working on my “not-to-do” list. Then, there was a touching post on Lessons from a 7-Year-Old and a 97-Year-Old. Just read it. You’ll be glad you did.
9. Young and Thrifty is another Canadian financial blog that recently celebrated its first anniversary. A couple of my favourite articles from November were a book review of The Intelligent Investor and a thoughtful piece that wondered If I Were a Boy . . .
10. Out of Your Rut featured an interesting article by Rob Bennett that asked Am I Crazy for Being Out of the Stock Market for 14 Years? More recently, Kevin asked Where Are You Investing Your Money Right Now? He suggests that we shouldn’t forget to include investing in ourselves (through our businesses or careers) when we’re looking at our asset allocation – great advice.
As usual, there were more great posts this month than room to write about them. I hope you enjoyed this small sample. Thanks again for reading over the past year. I’ve learned a lot from all of you, and I’m looking forward to learning more over the next year too!
Your comments are always welcome. You can add your thoughts on one of these fine articles, or you can share a favourite BJ post or comment from the past year. The floor is yours.