It feels appropriate that my last post before the holiday break should highlight the excellent work done this year by many of my friends in the personal finance blogosphere. I am consistently impressed by the quality of their research, analysis and writing. Here are my 10 favourite posts of 2010:
- Balance Junkie: Bulls vs. bears. Who’s right? This was posted by 2 Cents back in April. One of the things I love about the Balance Junkie blog is its commitment to covering both sides of a debate. It recently did the same thing on the question of China’s future. Great stuff.
- Money Smarts: How to avoid RESP withdrawal penalties if your child doesn’t go to school. This, along with a series of RESP posts, was part of Mike Holman’s launch of The RESP Book. Congratulations Mike.
- Where Does All My Money Go.com: KYA – know your advisor tool. Preet Banerjee had a great year that included a nod as Canada’s Best Investing Blog by readers of The Globe and Mail. This important tool was another highlight.
- Canadian Finance Blog: You can afford retirement but can you afford retirement care? Jim Huinink posted this guest submission on the excellent Canadian Finance Blog. It’s an important, under-reported issue.
- Business Insider: Should you be scared that China and Russia just agreed to drop the dollar? By Joe Weisenthal. Business Insider has emerged as one of the most important sources of economic and business news in the U.S. It features genuinely expert, contrarian views. This one stood out for its candor: “Should you be scared? Is this the end of the dollar? Meh, not really.”
- Canadian Business Online Blog: Collision course with debt supercycle? Larry MacDonald is one of a couple of bloggers employed by major media outlets in Canada. He’s also one of the best in the business.
- Canadian Capitalist: Why currency hedging is necessary. Ram is another blogger who has signed on with a major media outlet, in his case it is MoneySense. Not only are his posts consistently strong, the dialogue with readers that follows is almost always informative. Currency hedging emerged as an important consideration this year, and Ram’s piece was excellent.
- Canadian Investment Review: Bond Bubble? I’ve been a big fan of Scot Blythe for a long time. His new blog, while aimed primarily at institutional investors is worth the effort.
- Weakonomics: Top 10 signs you’re reading too much about economics. Guilty as charged.
- Squawkfox: The real reason you’re broke. My absolute favourite post of the year. The charming Kerry Taylor takes, in her words, “a moment to be mean.” Reason number 1: “You spend good money on crap.”
Happy holidays, and warmest wishes for 2011.
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