Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

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Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby JuanZ » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:42 pm

My mother-in-law likes the Bottom Line magazine.

IMHO, some of it is marginally OK, but their financial advice can be awful.

Would you know and could you recommend similar but better magazines? short snippets of useful/interesting information.

EDIT: For those who don't know, Bottom Line is a magazine/newsletter, on paper; to give you an idea of its content, some headlines:
"What your eyes reveal about your health", "The 5 best Stocks and 5 best Funds for 2013", "Social Security traps: one false move and you could lose thousands of dollars", "Can you do better investing your benefits", "Before you buy a brand new home, read this...", "How a chronic procrastinator get this done", "A prepaid card may be right for you if you select the right one", "How to drive safely as speed limits soar", "Great kitchen gadgets make cooking more fun", "Three words never to say and you are eating out with a client or the boss", ... You get the idea of the audience and the content. It is not so bad, except sometimes their financial stuff.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby Sunny Sarkar » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:10 pm

Never heard of Bottom Line magazine.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby cflannagan » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:14 pm

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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby JuanZ » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:05 am

Thank you everybody. I'll check _Money_; may be a should ask some local librarians.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby stan1 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:09 am

Consumer Reports (without the sensational headlines).
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby livesoft » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:14 am

Reader's Digest?
It's all about short-term opportunistic rebalancing due to a short-term change in one's asset allocation, uh, I mean opportunistic rebalancing, uh I mean rebalancing, uh I mean market timing.
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Postby Taylor Larimore » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:45 am

Juan:

I was once a junkie for subscribing to financial magazines. Now, my time is too valuable, and my only remaining subscription is to MONEY magazine which I think is the best of them.

Your mother-in-law should be made aware of this quote by Wm Bernstein in his wonderful book The Four Pillars of Investing:
"99% of what you read in and hear from the financial media is, in fact, advertising cloaked as journalism."

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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby cflannagan » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:53 am

Good to see Taylor mention MONEY magazine also. The magazine resonates with me very well, it doesn't come off as obnoxious or sensational, and it's mainly a "personal finances" magazine, not really a Wall Street type magazine as I initially thought it was when I first saw the name of the magazine.

Lots of good tips there, the same type of tips we discuss here on the Boglehead forums.
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Postby Taylor Larimore » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:08 pm

Flannagan:
Good to see Taylor mention MONEY magazine also.

I'm prejudiced:

http://socialize.morningstar.com/NewSoc ... 13135.aspx

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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby abuss368 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:31 pm

I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal (and yes the paper version).

I used to like reading Business Week. It is a little different now with Bloomberg owning the magazine. I found over time that essentially the same stories and articles in Business Week were also in the Wall Street Journal. I basically settled on the WSJ only now.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby Rob5TCP » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:10 am

I read that magazine MANY MANY years ago (I didn't even know it was still published).
If I remember, it publishes articles from many other magazine/newspapers and other presumed experts.
I never found it very useful and the articles seems to exaggerate everything.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby prudent » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:26 am

Hard to compare anything to Bottom Line - it has a wide mix of topics beyond personal finance/investing. Tax-saving, health/wellness, consumer, business, self-improvement and travel. I like it even though I think they are a little too heavy on the homeopathic stories.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby tonythered » Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:11 am

I gave up on Bottom Line years ago. I never liked their financial advice, and the other snippets they offered stopped being interesting to me. I like the format, however, and love the idea of boiling down a lot of topics to small, easy-to-read quick-hits.
Mental Floss magazine is a longer read, but I like it much, much better. That magazine also covers a ton of topics, often in short snippet format (though there are a few multi-page articles in any given issue). I get much more enjoyment out of that. It is more for general trivia and fun, and they don't often touch on financial stuff, but it is reminiscent of Bottom Line in the sense that it can cover any range of topics quickly.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby JuanZ » Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:47 am

Thank you everyone.

Money seems good, but I don't think that my mother-in-law would appreciate me giving her a subscription to it.

There must be a system to make a nice printout from aggregated online feeds.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby cflannagan » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:02 am

JuanZ wrote:Thank you everyone.

Money seems good, but I don't think that my mother-in-law would appreciate me giving her a subscription to it.


Why not? I would subscribe either my mother or mother-in-law to the Money magazine.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby JuanZ » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:15 am

Family matters.
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It may be OK. It seems innocuous enough.
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Re: Better alternatives to _Bottom Line_ magazine?

Postby cflannagan » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:48 am

JuanZ wrote:Family matters.
:wink:

It may be OK. It seems innocuous enough.


Ah ok - well, if you like the Boglehead forums (well, minus those silly market timing threads), you will find a lot of same subject matter in Money magazine. :)
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