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The Best Articles of the Year: Finance
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore.
Inside the Biggest-Ever Hedge-Fund Scandal
As Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. For decades, scientists had tried, and failed, to devise a cure for Alzheimer’s.
An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis
Before the collapse of the U.S. financial system in 2008, Brad Katsuyama could tell himself that he bore no responsibility for that system. He worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, for a start.
Buffett’s annual letter: What you can learn from my real estate investments
It is fitting to have a Ben Graham quote open this essay because I owe so much of what I know about investing to him. I will talk more about Ben a bit later, and I will even sooner talk about common stocks. But let me first tell you about two small nonstock investments that I made long ago.
15 tips on turning your finances around in 2015
The standard advice to twentysomethings looking to turn their finances around is to skip those $5 lattes at Starbucks and put that money in a bank somewhere. Adam Nash, the president and CEO of Wealthfront, isn't about to give up his well-known Starbucks habit, though.
A Beginner’s Guide to Repaying Student Loans
Too many people, including plenty of brand-new college graduates, fall far behind on their student loan payments for no good reason. How many? The Department of Education does not supply much data on late payments.
The one-page guide to financial independence
Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. This year, I learned a lot about money.
The Danger of Financial Jargon
The most important mystery of ancient Egypt concerned the annual inundation of the Nile floodplain. The calendar was divided into three seasons linked to the river and the agricultural cycle it determined: akhet, or the inundation; peret, the growing season; and shemu, the harvest.
What Timothy Geithner Really Thinks
“This is kind of like a hearing,” Timothy Geithner said, swaying uncomfortably, face scrunched and hair perfectly tousled.
25 Financial Terms Every Functioning Adult Should Know
If you don’t speak personal finance, don’t worry — we’re here to help. We know that managing your money can sometimes make you feel like you’re learning a foreign language. So we compiled a handy glossary of must-know money terms that affect all aspects of your financial life.
Know-Nothing Investing: Index Funds For Beginners
I don’t know about you, but despite my repeated attempts to fully understand and grasp how investing in the stock market works, I’m still pretty clueless. I fancy myself a moderately intelligent, business savvy guy, so I would think I’d be able to wrap my mind around this stuff, but I can’t.
Why Aren't Millennials Saving Money?
For one thing, the recession made them hate banks.
How Young People Can Get Rich Slowly
Today's young people can retire comfortably with $1 million in the bank. All it takes is starting early, spending 15 minutes a year rebalancing their portfolio, and avoiding financial professionals who are mostly concerned with making themselves money. It clearly resonates.
How to Get Rich: Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth
Debunking the pie fallacy, or why there’s more to success than giving people what they want.
A Beginner’s Guide to Opening an IRA
If you're thinking about saving for retirement, you probably know that an individual retirement account (IRA) is one of your options. But what exactly is an IRA, and is it right for you? Follow our beginner's guide to the IRA to find out.
Is Silicon Valley the Future of Finance?
Recently, after a long, drawn-out fight over an overdraft fee, I decided to break up with my bank. I withdrew my balance, closed my accounts, and began looking around.
A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals
A bus bombing two decades ago — and a New Jersey father’s quest for justice — inadvertently set off a chain of events that led American prosecutors to accuse some of the world’s biggest banks of transferring money for nations like Iran.
The future of finance
EVER since Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in 2008 a common assumption has been that the crisis happened because the state surrendered control of finance to the market. The answer, it follows, must be more rules.
Financial Advice for People Who Aren’t Rich
For a couple of years now, a number of entrepreneurs have been racing to solve the same problem: the financial services industry’s persistent inability to provide personalized advice and appropriate investments at a reasonable price to customers who are not rich.
The best investment advice you’ll never get
When I first saw this online, I grabbed a copy for my own use. Recently, I went back to reread part of it — and it was gone! Lucky I captured this before it disappeared. Enjoy.
The Great Hedge-Fund Mystery: Why Do They Make So Much?
This is the time of year when publications that cover the hedge-fund industry do their annual rankings, and people get irate about the vast sums of money that the top hedgies make—in some cases, billions of dollars.