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Is Vanguard Too Successful?

It’s a glorious time to be in the business of selling index funds, those robotically assembled portfolios that replicate a stock or bond market. Active managers are having a hard time beating the indexes and a harder time persuading savers to let them try. Vanguard Group, the leading operator of …

Investing

Perfectly Pack T-Shirts with the Six-Inch Military Roll

Rolling your t-shirts makes them space-efficient and prevents wrinkles when you are packing, and there’s no better way to fold them than a military …

Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels

Makes about 100 caramels<p>Sweetened condensed milk makes this salted caramel recipe extra-luscious.<p>December 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>2 cups sugar<p>½ cup light corn syrup<p>1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces<p>2 tablespoons bourbon<p>…

Dessert

How to Make Beef Jerky | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Tim Ferriss‘ new book,</i> The Four Hour Chef<i>.</i><p><b>An Introduction to Dehydrating Food</b><p>Dehydration is all about removing …

5 Big Mistakes Investors Make -- And How To Avoid Them

PHILADELPHIA — Look around you. How do you compare?<p>Like the vast majority of people, you probably think you’re above average.<p>Although it’s impossible that the vast majority of people outshine half their peers, illusory superiority, as the phenomenon is called, is alive and well.<p>Take, investing for …

8 Ways to Save Up $1,000 Before Black Friday

You might already be salivating over leaked <b>Black Friday</b> mailers showcasing discounts upwards of 50 percent off retail prices., but before mentally …

Skills Every Young Man Should Know | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: An AoM reader recently wrote me a letter recommending I look up this old essay, which originally appeared in Harper’s Magazine in</i> …

Caution: Flying Cheerleaders

(YouTube link)<p>You are about to watch young men and women perform stunts that were once only seen in circuses. This is a music video from CheerSounds, …

Now THIS is a Pool Party

(YouTube link)<p>Combine a waterside, a slip-n-slide, and a ski jump, and you get me wanting to do this. It happened at Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp. …

Personal Finance Tips From the Greatest Generation | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Baker of Man Vs. Debt.</i><p>“Look back to learn how to look forward.” -Joe Girard<p>Our grandfather’s generation wasn’t …

Morning and Evening Routines: How to Start and End a Successful Day | The Art of Manliness

You’re a college student.<p>It’s midnight. You’re brushing your teeth and reviewing how the day went. And you’re disappointed.<p>You had planned to work …

8 Best Ways to Earn More Interest on Your Savings

If you need a safe place to park your money, you have a lot of options—as long as you don't expect much in the way of yield for now. Short-term …

Personal Finance

Arousal and Performance: How Stress and Fear Affect Tactical Performance | The Art of Manliness

Think back to the last time you experienced a high amount of psychological stress. For example, after you were in a fender bender or before you had …

What is the Difference Between Preferred Stock and Common Stock?

When you start learning about investing, you are likely to come across certain terms. You will learn that there are main categories of stocks: …

Plateau Breaking: How to Go to the Next Level | The Art of Manliness

In our quest to become the best men we can be, we’ll often hit plateaus where we feel like we aren’t making any progress at all. Those flat-line …

6 Web Sites to Help You Lower Your Bills

With money-saving site BillShrink shutting down, here are some alternatives.<p>BillShrink -- the Web site that helps you compare credit cards, …

7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Cable TV

You can spend less without cutting the cord entirely.<p>Haven't cut the cable cord yet in favor of free or low-cost Internet TV options? You're not …

Life Lessons from The Old Man and the Sea | The Art of Manliness

<i>“Que va,” the boy said, “It is what a man must do.”</i><p>“Success” is all too often assumed to be the indicator of the value of a man. But success, in and …

7 Great Credit Cards for Students and Young Adults

Not so long ago, any college student who could sign his name could qualify for a credit card. But the Credit Card Reform Act mandates that applicants …

Personal Finance

Lions of Kandahar

• <b>Author:</b> Rusty Bradley & Kevin Maurer<p><b>Includes a new Afterword by the authors</b><p>One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. <i>Lions of Kandahar</i> is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces commander, an unparalled …

New Grads, Here's How To Spend Your Money Every Month

<i>This is the second in a four-part series for new grads on managing your finances. (Read the first article here, the third article here and the final one here.)</i><p>The word “budget” gets a bad rap.<p>It often makes people think of having to be frugal (another unpopular word) or of not being able to do …

How to Make Popular Cocktails | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mike Hagan, a bartender and a recent feature in our So You Want My Job series.</i><p>There’s been a trend lately to …