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 am currently receiving Social Security from my first spouse. If I get remarried, will I still be able to collect benefits from that spouse?” The answer depends on whether this former spouse is “former” because he/she is deceased or because you got divorced. Effect of Remarriage on Surviving Spouse Benefits One […]
As long-time readers of this blog know, I’m a fan of basic lifetime annuities as a tool for reducing the amount of money necessary in order to provide a certain level of safe income during retirement. Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about a somewhat similar product — the tontine — and whether it […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I graduated in May and immediately started contributing to the 401k at my new job. Fidelity runs the 401k. I am using the Spartan 500 Fund, the Spartan U.S. Bond Fund, and a small amount in the Total International Equity Fund. I thought my portfolio was diversified. But the Spartan 500 fund […]
Disability insurance can be expensive. Unfortunately, a part of the reason it costs so much is that a significant portion of the people that buy policies end up receiving benefits. (Or, said differently, it’s not entirely unlikely that you’ll become disabled at some point during your career.) This week, Jim Dahle asks when it makes sense to refrain from […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I am just getting into investing. It would be very helpful for folks like me, if you can write about where to buy, how to buy, when to sell and how to sell. I have read few investment related books and searched online but could not find this kind of […]

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