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

The following questions — and others of a similar nature — are some of the most common in my email inbox: Does buying an S&P 500 fund count as stock picking, given that there’s a committee of people choosing which stocks are included in the index? Does overweighting U.S. stocks (or value stocks, or REITs, […]
There’s no reliable way to know when the next market downturn is coming. For those of us who are still many years from retirement, that shouldn’t be a scary thought, given that a market downturn simply allows us to buy shares at lower prices. But, as Bill Bernstein reminds us this week, a market downturn can […]
The following three statements about Social Security are common, but incorrect. (Or rather, each is partially correct, but the part that’s incorrect is super important.) Can you spot the errors? If you are married, it’s a good idea to delay taking Social Security. If you have a shorter than average life expectancy, you should claim early. […]
The state of Illinois recently passed a law that is intended to increase the rate at which people are saving for retirement. When the law eventually goes into effect, businesses that have 25 or more employees and that do not offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan will be required to set up a program in which employees will […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I don’t see why currency risk is necessarily bad. Sure, sometimes the dollar will increase in value, making your foreign investments worth less. But sometimes the opposite will happen. It seems like, on net, this should neither help nor hurt over an extended period.” As a bit of background information: […]

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