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December’s Hits

Jonathan Clements  |  January 4, 2021

WHAT INTRIGUED readers last month? Folks once again flocked to articles focused on retirement issues, along the way helping propel HumbleDollar to its best month ever in terms of pageviews. Here are December’s seven most popular articles:

  • Naming beneficiaries for your retirement accounts? When it comes to your spouse, there’s a crucial difference between IRAs and 401(k)s. James McGlynn digs into the details.
  • Did you claim Social Security, only to discover you don’t need the extra income right now? As Rick Connor explains, you have two options.
  • Not working can be hard work. Inflation is a worry. Financial emergencies still happen. Dick Quinn offers eight insights from his first decade of retirement.
  • Sure, money can buy you more stuff. But there are 12 other things it can also buy—all of them arguably far more valuable.
  • Want to make the most of your retirement? Anika Hedstrom offers a four-step program—one that, ideally, you start years before you actually quit the workforce.
  • Personal finance is mostly about the future. But what can you do to help yourself today? Adam Grossman offers eight suggestions.
  • If you have money you don’t currently want to invest or don’t yet need to spend, you might consider a short-term barbell, says Tom Welsh—one that combines an online savings account with ultra-short bonds.

Meanwhile, December’s most popular newsletters were Next Year Foretold and Time Limited.

Jonathan Clements is the founder and editor of HumbleDollar. Follow him on Twitter @ClementsMoney and on Facebook. Jonathan’s most recent articles include Our Report CardLong Time Coming and Dialed In.

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