December’s Hits

Jonathan Clements  |  January 3, 2020

AMID THE HOLIDAY celebrations, many folks still found time to visit HumbleDollar in December. The site notched its second-highest total monthly page views ever. What were people reading? Here are last month’s seven most popular articles:

  • Want to make your life better? Here are 11 simple things you can do today.
  • Real estate investment trusts account for 3% of the S&P 500. Adam Grossman argues there’s no reason to own more than that.
  • The death of a spouse is bad enough, and yet it’s often accompanied by a financial hit, notes John Yeigh—thanks to much higher tax rates.
  • Retired before age 63? James McGlynn explains why it’s a great time to make partial conversions from your traditional IRA to a Roth.
  • Maybe we should focus less on the returns that asset classes generate and more on the risks that they protect against. Adam Grossman explains.
  • “No one can tell you whether foreign stocks will enhance your portfolio going forward,” Bill Ehart notes. “Still, valuations are relatively low—which is one reason they could trounce U.S. stocks.”
  • What’s so great about Social Security? Dennis Friedman counts the ways.

Meanwhile, the most popular newsletters were Low Blows and He Can Be Taught. I track newsletter articles separately from other articles, because the former have an unfair advantage, as readers click through to the site from HumbleDollar’s weekly email newsletter.

Follow Jonathan on Twitter @ClementsMoney and on Facebook. His most recent articles include Hits 2017-19Eyes Forward and Saving Myself. Jonathan’s latest books: From Here to Financial Happiness and How to Think About Money.

HumbleDollar makes money in four ways: We accept donations, run advertisements served up by Google AdSense, sell merchandise and participate in Amazon‘s Associates Program, an affiliate marketing program. If you click on this site’s Amazon links and purchase books or other items, you don’t pay anything extra, but we make a little money.

Free Newsletter