Friday Reading List – 26 July 2019

Should You Go for an MBA?

Last month I took a look at a question with some relevance to me personally: should I buy a new car? In a similar vein, this week I’d like to take a look at a question that a lot of my peers are currently facing, and one that I faced myself a few years ago. That is, I’d like to take a look at whether going back to school to get an MBA is worth it or not.

This is an example of a cost-benefit analysis. Cost-benefit analyses can aid our decision-making in a lot of situations. They can be used to figure out:

  • which R&D project a company should devote resources to
  • what price to buy a factory for
  • whether you should make an investment in your own education

The basic idea behind a cost-benefit analysis to see if an MBA is worth it is 1) measure the total costs of getting an MBA, 2) define a baseline against which we will measure the “MBA bump”, 3) measure how much we can beat this baseline by, by getting an MBA, and 4) somehow account for the timing of these costs and benefits.

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Financial Articles I’m Reading This Week – 12 July 2019

Lots of different topics this week– investing, Mueller, AOC, minimum wage law. If you have to pick one, read the AOC interview at New Yorker.

Financial Articles I’m Reading This Week – 5 July 2019

Really great article from Barron’s this week on an upcoming 401(k) rule change. My take: this change is designed to help insurance salesmen at the expense of retirement savers. Happy Fourth of July!

Financial Mad Libs: How To Recognize and Ignore Them

The online media ecosystem is filled with all kinds of financial news. Quarterly earnings reports, Fed watching, political commentary, early retirement planning, etc. Much of this content is time-wasting at best, and actively harmful to your financial future at worst. But one type of online article that is particularly irksome to me is the Financial Mad Lib. Financial mad libs are automated content (written at least partly by a machine) that use publicly accessible information to stitch together a simple story about a company or economy.

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