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Isn't it easier for me to just have a financial adviser, so that I don't have to spend time learning about personal finance?

No. In order to make the best use of anyone's advice, you must take the time to be well informed so you can understand different options or strategies. Millions of people feel a financial adviser can make decisions for them, or that they can pay someone to "manage" their finances, so they need not learn about it. People often fail to learn enough about personal finance, and cannot tell the difference between bad advice and good advice. If you are not well informed about the myriad choices available to you and your advisers, it is very difficult to know what option is best for you.

What are some good personal finance blogs?

According to experts at the website technorati.com, some of the top personal finance blogs include: Free from Broke (freefrombroke.com/), Digerati Life ( thedigeratilife.com/blog/), Oblivious Investor (obliviousinvestor.com/), Cash Money Life (cashmoneylife.com/), and Get Rich Slowly (getrich slowly.org/blog/).

There is so much information online. How do I choose what to read?

It is important to use the Internet to search for broad topics, beginning first with various financial sites, and then digging deeper into the subject before moving on to the next subject. If you study this information in small increments, over time you will learn a considerable amount about each of the areas of personal finance of interest to you. When you feel the subject matter is getting too technical for you, stop and move on until you are ready for more details. Websites are developed and produced in the same manner as newspapers and magazines. Editors and writers cover many topics, from basics on personal finance to very advanced technical analysis of individual stocks and trading strategies. Find websites that are at your level, and just dive in. If the story or topic is too deep, try Googling that word or phrase, and read a definition of it before continuing. After you do this daily or weekly, you begin to see similar stories covered many times, and you will be able to develop an opinion on that idea after reading so many different perspectives. This is how you begin to build your knowledge on personal finance and keep current about what is happening with your money.

 
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