Mike Piper

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Mike Piper, aka Oblivious Investor

Mike Piper: Mike is the author of several personal finance books as well as the popular blog ObliviousInvestor.com. He is a Colorado licensed CPA. Mike’s writing has been featured in many places, including The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Forbes, MarketWatch, and Morningstar. Mike lives with his wife in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and rock climbing.


  • Accounting Made Simple: Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454221
  • Taxes Made Simple: Income Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454214
  • Independent Contractor, Sole Proprietor, and LLC Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454269
  • LLC vs. S-Corp vs. C-Corp Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454276
  • Investing Made Simple: Index Fund Investing and ETF Investing Exlained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454245
  • Can I Retire? How Much Money You Need to Retire and How to Manage Your Retirement Savings: Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454252
  • Social Security Made Simple: Social Security Retirement Benefits and Related Planning Topics Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454283
  • Microeconomics Made Simple: Basic Microeconomic Principles, Explained in 100 Pages or Less (coauthored with Austin Frakt, PhD) ISBN 978-0981454290
  • Oblivious Investing: Building Wealth by Ignoring the Noise ISBN 978-0981454238 [Now out of print.]

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Mike Piper - Oblivious Investor

A reader writes in, asking: “I’m a bit of a late starter, financially speaking. I am in my late 30′s but only now beginning to learn in earnest about personal finance. One challenge I have run into is that I cannot tell who is giving good information and who is just selling me something. Where […]
This week, Harry Sit of The Finance Buff asks which state has the biggest 529 plan. The answer — and the reason for it — is a pretty telling fact about how the investment industry works. The Largest 529 Plan and the Power of Distribution from The Finance Buff Investing Articles How to Beat the […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I recently heard that if I am laid off at age 55, I can get money out of my 401K before turning 59.5 without having to pay the 10% penalty. Is that true, and if so could you elaborate on how that works?” This rule comes from Internal Revenue Code 72(t)(2)(A)(v), which […]
A pattern I’ve seen over and over is that, when an investor starts to learn about passive investing, they get stuck trying to figure out how to allocate their portfolio. They can’t figure out exactly how much they want in Fund A as opposed to Fund B, and they can’t quite decide whether or not they should include […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I have a medical condition that would automatically qualify me for Social Security disability benefits. What I am trying to figure out is whether I should file for those benefits now or wait a few years until I’m 62 and file for retirement benefits. Could you explain for readers how […]

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