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

One of the most common questions I see (both via email and on the Bogleheads forum) is why the share price of a given fund went down unexpectedly — perhaps even on a day when the market is up. This week, Vanguard provides a clear answer to that question: Why Your Share Price Can Go Down […]
There’s been quite a bit of talk over the last few years about the fact that most people should wait to claim Social Security, if they can afford to do so. And that’s true, for two reasons: Waiting to claim Social Security reduces risk, because it is a decision that works out best in the most financially scary […]
This week, Jim Dahle addresses an exceedingly common investment mistake: having a portfolio that’s really just a collection of investments that you’ve accumulated over the years — as opposed to an actual portfolio with a coherent strategy. Avoid Being an Investment Collector from Jim Dahle Investing Articles Measure for Measure, Index Funds Rule from Jeff Sommer […]
A reader writes in, asking: “Is there a time of a year when it’s best to do a Roth conversion? Perhaps close to the year end such that a person can estimate their income/AGI, or whenever the market is down in order to make the cost of conversion lower?” If you have a high tolerance for hassle, doing […]
Whether you are in favor of or opposed to the actions he took during his term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, there’s no denying that Ben Bernanke is one of the most prominent figures in the financial world. I learned this week that Bernanke recently started blogging on the Brookings Institution website. His first topic: why […]

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