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’ve read that Mr. Bogle doesn’t think investors should use an international allocation. His argument makes sense to me. With our globalized economy, it seems that the performance of companies here in the United States would be dependent on what is going on in other countries anyway, allowing for international […]
This week, well-known author/advisor Rick Ferri announced that he will soon be launching a robo-advisory service, targeted toward younger investors. Cinthia Murphy of ETF.com has the scoop: Rick Ferri Launching a Robo-Advisory from Cinthia Murphy Investing Articles Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Sue Over 401(k) Plans from Associated Press The Perfect Financial Advisor from Jim Dahle Our […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I recently came into some money, about $40,000 of assorted stocks. Is there a way to get this into one of my retirement accounts? I gather that I am not allowed to roll it into my 401K or IRAs, is that correct?” It is correct that you cannot roll money […]
Update: Vanguard unpublished the article mentioned below for some reason. I’ve asked them via Twitter if they’ll be republishing it, but have not yet received an answer. Over the last several years, with interest rates being so low, many investors have been making changes to their bond portfolios. Some are choosing longer duration bonds in […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I saw the recent article on Squared Away about target funds appealing to inexperienced investors. [Mike’s note: see here.] I gather that you use a target date fund yourself, despite being an experienced investor. Could you elaborate on why experienced investors might want to use a target date fund?” Target-date funds, […]

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