The Best Personal Finance Articles of 2010

Career Ladder

The end of the year – it’s a time to look back and remember all that’s happened. It’s also a time to reflect on the best of the best for the year.  I thought it would be fun to put out a call to those in the personal finance community and ask for their best article of the year.  These are articles that either the author thought was their best work or perhaps the readers responded strongly to.  I think as you read through these you’ll find a lot of gems, great information, interesting stories, and even a little controversy.  Enjoy!

The following are the best of personal finance articles in 2010:
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Busting Common Investing Myths – A Tweetup With Motley Fool’s Tom Gardner and ShareBuilder’s Dan Greenshields

Understanding stock selection

A little while back I had the pleasure of attending a Tweetup at the NYC ING Direct Cafe hosted by Sharebuilder‘s president Dan Greenshields with special guest speaker Tom Gardner, CEO of The Motley Fool.

For those wondering what a Tweetup is, it’s basically an organized meeting of sorts over the social site Twitter.  The meeting was held at the ING Cafe and people from all over could follow along and participate via Twitter.

The premise of the Tweetup was to help investors bust common investing myths and take the complexities out of investing.

I tried to takes notes as best I could so I could pass them along to you.  Keep in my I’m paraphrasing here and some of the words are mine, but I think you’ll get the general ideas of what was being said.

To start, Tom Gardner talked about four basic investing rules we should all follow (this is just part of his full list of rules):
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Charge Cards Are Not Credit Cards – Understanding the Difference

People often assume a charge card is just another way to say credit card but that is not the case. A charge card is a completely different entity than a credit card.  If you have never used a charge card, you should know what sets them apart from the regular plastic credit cards you may already have in your wallets.

What Is a Charge Card?

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What To Do With Your Money In Your 20s, 30s, And 40s – Ideas From Generation Earn

Generation Earn: The Young Professional's Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back

Most of us don’t move through life in pre-determined stages, but there are still some generalizations we can make about money and age. These ideas for what to do with your money in your 20s, 30s, and 40s come from my new book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, which was just published by Ten Speed Press.

In your 20′s:

Invest in your career. Your career is the one place where it makes sense to splurge.  This might mean investing in the services of a career coach, or taking a leadership development class.  It could mean something as seemingly superficial as working with a personal shopper to make sure your wardrobe helps you look and feel good at work.  Or perhaps purchasing some guide books about your chosen field.  Investing in your career now, when you have time, can pay off hugely later.
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I’m Sick Of Hearing It’s For The Kids

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Ever run across someone that gives their children everything?

All the latest clothes, electronic gadgets, extracurricular activities, lavish weddings, education, you name it they have it.  And then you find out the parents are struggling to keep their heads above water financially.  Not “we’re just getting by.”  No.  I mean one month they don’t pay cable, another month they miss the electric bill; the rent gets paid late; always something and always “it’s for the kids!”

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Financial Krav Maga: Personal Finance Self Defense for the Modern Era

Krav Maga on the Beach

In East Asia, you probably know about the ninja and samurai. In Israel, there are soldiers trained in Krav Maga.  For those of you who don’t know, Krav Maga is a martial art developed in Israel.  It does not have the long tradition of respect, personal growth, and honor that come to mind when you think of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu.  It was developed for one purpose, to survive.
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Automate or Unautomate Your Finances?

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The NY Times has has an interesting article questioning how much of your finances you should automate (How Much of Your Finances Should You Automate?).  In it, the author looks at the methods of some popular personal finance writers such as Ramit Sethi of I Will Teat You To Be Rich, Adam Baker of Man Vs Debt, and Jim Wang at Bargaineering.

The Argument for Automating Your Finances

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