Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — March 2020
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 March 2020 feeling like the longest month in human history, many of the articles featured this time around relate to the COVID-19 pandemic and, more specifically, its impacts on the markets, your money, and perhaps even your work routine. Nevertheless we’ll also look at some more generic personal finance takes covering post-marital finances, retirement, and more.
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 March of 2020, along with their title, author, and the site they originally appeared on.
Money in an Emergency
In These Crazy Times, Just Control What You Can Control — EAT Money
If you felt like things were out of control this past month, you certainly weren’t alone. During such times, it can be difficult to keep up and weather the blows as they come. Thus, as this post from EAT Money advises, it’s often best to just focus on controlling what you can control.
It’s often said that the best thing for long-term, diversified investors to do is stay the course. Yet, during times of extreme volatility such as these, this advice may be easier said than done. To help you stay stoic in the face of alarm, Adam offers a few tips for relieving your financial anxieties and perhaps even finding opportunities.
Do Bonds Really Stop People From Freaking Out? — Kevin, Financial Panther
Speaking of diversification, it’s common to see investors make a shift to bonds when the stock markets get rocky. But why is that — and is it really the best path? Kevin offers a closer look at bonds along with their pros and cons during market crashes.
Other COVID Considerations
Work from Home Tips for First-Timers — Kyle Burbank, Money@30
In recent weeks, many workers have suddenly found themselves having to do their jobs from home. Not only does this change often present technical problems but may also prove to be more an adjustment than some may realize. That’s why Kyle offers some guidance on ways to ease the transition and make your work-from-home time as productive as possible.
Recession, Coronavirus and the Future of FIRE — Tanja Hester, Our Next Life
Amid the current news, you may have seen some schadenfreude about the FIRE movement and ponderings regarding what early retirees were doing during this crisis. So, how are the financially independent managing? Tanja takes a look at what’s going on and how the FIRE community can learn from this moment.
Financial Stability in Times of Crisis — Bonnie Truax, 43 Blue Doors
Seeing as these past few weeks have been quite disorienting, many of us are currently seeking stability. However rushing into things in a bid to obtain normalcy can actually backfire. In this wide-ranging article, Bonnie looks at everything from educational tools for your quarantine time to reassessing your financial needs.
Personal Finance Tips
Find the Financial Confidence You Need to Make Smart Money Decisions — Melody, Cash for Tacos
Even looking beyond the current climate, sometimes making the right money moves can be difficult. Plus, with so much to consider and a variety of options available, who’s to say what’s best for one person versus another? As Melody points out, the key to making smart money moves may begin with building confidence.
3 Benefits of Combining Finances After Marriage — Mr. Jamie Griffin
When tying the knot, it’s imperative that couples at least talk about how they’d like to manage their money. While some may just as soon keep their accounts separate, that may not fly for everyone. In fact, as Jamie explains, there may be some big benefits that come from married couples combining their finances.
If Retiring at 30 is Scary, then Retiring at 60 is Terrifying — Steven, Trip of a Lifestyle
As we mentioned earlier, there are those who don’t quite believe in the FIRE concept (to say the least). On top of that, there are plenty of people who simply find the idea of retiring early to be frightening. Rebutting that concern, Steven shares why he finds standard retirement to actually be a lot scarier.
Financial Reset: Setting New Financial Goals — Andrea Joy, Saving Joyfully
We all know that one of the tenets of personal finance is setting specific money goals. However one thing that’s less discussed is what to do when it’s time to reconsider and/or reactivate these goals for one reason or another. If it’s time for you to reevaluate, Andrea has some ideas for performing a financial reset.
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 DyerNews.com.