Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — August 2019

It’s time again for one of my favorite features here on Dyer News: a look at the top 10 personal finance articles of the month. With August proving to be a volatile month on the stock market, we’ll start things off with some investment-related articles. From there we’ll take a look at a couple of side hustle and passive income pieces followed by everything from couples money and homebuying to insurance and reigning in your spending.

As usual, this month’s list includes a couple Dyer News Top 10 mainstays as well as a few first-timers. Without further ado, below is my list of the top 10 personal finance articles published in August of 2019, along with their title, author, and the site they originally appeared on.

Investing and the Stock Market

6 Reasons Why Most People Lose Money in the Stock Market Invested Wallet

Given the wild month on Wall Street, it should come as no surprise that not everyone is successful when investing in stocks. In fact this can often scare off new investors and prevent them from building wealth. With that in mind, Invested Wallet looks at why many people lose money in the market and how you can avoid such mistakes.

This is Why You Should Have a Portfolio Protection Strategy — Fred Leamnson, Money with a Purpose

As we discussed, recent swings on the market may have some investors feeling anxious. Even if a recession isn’t imminent, there’s no getting around the fact that bull markets can’t last forever. Therefore, as Fred points out, having a portfolio protection strategy is key for reducing your exposure to a down market.

The Simple Magic of Investing in a Three-Fund Portfolio Jim Wang, Wallet Hacks

For the uninitiated, investing can seem incredibly complicated. While diversification is important, sometimes the need to focus on so many aspects of your portfolio can be overwhelming. That’s why Jim recommends the three-fund portfolio and explains the “simple magic” it offers.

4 Places to Stash Your Cash That Aren’t Stocks — Kate Underwood, Heartland on FIRE

Although stocks can be a great investment in the long-term, playing the short game is far more risky. Thus those looking for a short-term solution may want to look at other options. In this guest post from Kate, she shares a few places where you might want to stash your extra cash.

Side Hustles and Passive Income

3 Reasons Why Your Side Hustle Is Failing — Sean Finucane, Dinks Finance

Sometimes bloggers and others in the media make it sound like starting a side hustle is as simple as snapping your fingers. Unfortunately that’s never the case and, as a result, some efforts can fall flat. If you’re having trouble finding success with your side hustle, Sean shares three reasons why that may be and how to correct things.

“Passive Income” Ideas For Creators, Investors, and Everyone Else — Kyle Burbank, Money@30

While “side hustles” and “passive income” may sound like completely opposite prospects, the two can actually go hand in hand. In some cases the difference may involve the amount of work you’re able to frontload while others may blur the lines between “passive” and “hustle.” Nevertheless Kyle looks at a few potential income ideas that can play up your strengths as a creator, investor, or otherwise.

Personal Finance Tips

Separate But Shared: Our Journey Towards Financial Harmony — Melody, Cash for Tacos

When it comes to managing money, no two couples are exactly alike. Despite this there’s often something that those struggling to merge their financial lives can learn from others. On that note, this post from Melody details the money decisions she and Mr. Taco made that’s allowed them to handle their joint finances in harmony.

How Much House Can I Afford? — Robbie Wesco, Eat Money

Whenever you’re looking at buying a house, it’s always a good idea to have a budget. That said sometimes the process of calculating how much how you can technically afford overlooks some very important expenses. For this article, Robbie corrects this by looking at some common costs that should be considered by all potential homeowners.

4 Types of Insurance You Need (and 3 Types To Avoid!) —  Dave,

Insurance can make you feel great.. or let you down. While many of see value in health insurance and other types of coverage, other policies have proven to be more controversial. So what’s worth it and what’s not? That’s the question Dave looks to answer in this post.

How To Execute A Frugal Reboot When Old Spending Habits Appear — Mad Money Monster

Regardless of how long consumers have been living the frugal life, there’s always the potential to fall off the wagon. In these cases, a reboot of sorts might be in order. As Mad Money Monster writes, there are a few ways you help stop your recurring habits in their tracks and get your finances back on course.

Thanks for checking out my top 10 personal finance articles published last month and congratulations to all of the bloggers who made the list. To find more of these great articles on a daily basis, be sure to follow me on Twitter @jondyer9 and of course visit

Also published on Medium.

nice collection for this month, but the one I got to learn new ideas from is from Wealthlenial, 4 Types of Insurance You Need (and 3 Types To Avoid!). Thanks for sharing.

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Jonathan Dyer

I'm a small town guy living in Los Angeles looking to make solid financial decisions. I write for a number of finance websites, including HuffingtonPost and Business2Community. I founded in 2015 to focus on personal finance and the emerging FinTech markets.

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