Mike Piper

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Mike Piper, aka Oblivious Investor

Mike Piper: I’m a fairly young fellow (28), married, living in St. Louis. Prior to becoming a full-time personal finance writer, I worked as a financial advisor (for Edward Jones) and as a tax accountant for a large real estate company in Chicago.

I now make a living writing a series of books that’s somewhat akin to Cliffs Notes for personal finance topics.


  • Accounting Made Simple: Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454221
  • Oblivious Investing: Building Wealth by Ignoring the Noise ISBN 978-0981454238
  • Taxes Made Simple: Income Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0981454214
  • Surprisingly Simple: Independent Contractor, Sole Proprietor, and LLC Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0615158433
  • Surprisingly Simple: LLC vs. S-Corp vs. C-Corp Explained in 100 Pages or Less ISBN 978-0615158433
  • 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

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Mike Piper - Oblivious Investor

A reader writes in, asking: “I don’t get it. From reading Harry Sit’s series on Vanguard financial plans, why would I want to pay for a financial plan if all that’s included in the portfolio is the same four funds that are included in a target retirement fund anyway? That seems like a cookie cutter […]
This week I especially enjoyed a piece from Bryan Caplan at EconLib about when to advise people to a) try harder as opposed to b) trying something easier, as well as an investing-specific followup piece at Abnormal Returns. Try Harder or Do Something Easier? from Bryan Caplan at EconLib Active vs. Passive: Try Harder or Do […]
In reply to a recent Vanguard blog post indicating that investors contribute significantly more to Roth IRAs than to traditional IRAs, a reader asked for an explanation of when it makes sense to use a Roth IRA as opposed to traditional IRA. For most people, the question of whether to make tax-deferred (i.e., “traditional”) retirement […]
Just a friendly reminder: We’re down to the wire here on 2013 IRA contributions. Also, for those of you who will have to make estimated tax payments in 2014, April 15 is the due date for payment #1. Investing Articles If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly (a new short book by William Bernstein) […]
Reminder: Today at 3pm EST, I’ll be participating in a WSJ webcast about creating an action plan for tapping investments and Social Security in retirement. Questions from viewers are very welcome, so please join us. (For anybody who is interested but who cannot make it at the scheduled time, a recorded version of the webcast will be available at the […]

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