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

Administrative note: There will be no articles this upcoming Friday or Monday, due to the holidays. The regular posting schedule will resume the following Friday (1/2). I hope you all enjoy your holidays! A reader writes in, asking: “How much can I give per year without having to pay any tax? I read in one place […]
As of this week, both houses of Congress have passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which retroactively extends several different tax breaks that had expired at the end of 2013. (Now, they expire at the end of 2014.) Among the extended tax breaks are the exclusion for “qualified charitable distributions” from IRAs, the tuition […]
A reader writes in, asking: “What do you think of an Energy Mutual Fund such as Vanguard’s Energy Fund for a 3-5% position within one’s stock portfolio at this time? Some investors such as Buffet have suggested that the time to invest in markets when there is “blood in the streets”, and there is crying […]
I read this week that Vanguard’s new “Personal Advisor Services” program (which provides asset management, a basic financial plan, and the ability to contact a CFP with any questions for a cost of 0.3% per year) has been gathering assets more quickly than the start-up companies in the robo-advisor space. Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise, […]
A reader writes in, asking “On the Bogleheads forum I see people recommending the ‘three fund portfolio’ with Total Stock Market, Total International Stock, and Total Bond Market funds. But I never see something this basic anywhere else. Elsewhere, I see portfolios recommended that include many more funds or articles recommending the new and improved types of index […]

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