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: “Sometime in one of your posts, would you expound upon the pros and cons of prioritizing your spending from taxable vs. tax-deferred accounts during retirement, factoring in how one’s heirs will fare inheriting whatever is left over from either type of account?” With regard to general planning about which account(s) […]
When it comes to retirement planning, there are two broad schools of thought about how to cover your expenses. One method is to continue using a portfolio that looks much like the portfolio somebody would use during their accumulation stage (i.e., stocks, bonds, and mutual funds), albeit with a more conservative allocation. The other school of thought – the “safety […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I’ve read that dividends account for the vast majority of the return of the stock market over history. I’m confused by the article you linked to last week about not being a dividend investor, given that dividends are so much more powerful than price growth.” It’s true that, without dividends, you’d […]
One of the toughest questions about retirement planning is the question of long-term care insurance. The available policies have an assortment of drawbacks, and they’re expensive. On the flip side, needing to pay for an extended period of long-term care out of pocket would decimate many people’s savings. This week, a new paper from two professors […]
Broadly speaking, there are two general ways to assess the Social Security decision: You can look at it as an insurance question (i.e., do I want to buy insurance against longevity risk), or You can do a break-even analysis (i.e., how long do I have to live before I come out ahead as a result of […]

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