Group writing project: What would you advise?

Personal finance

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I received the following question from a reader today, and I’d like to follow in Darren Rowse’s footsteps from Problogger and open up the question to readers and other bloggers to answer, especially because I don’t think there’s only one “right” answer:

I like to setup my finances on a “purpose” basis. I create a separate account for each specific saving target. I have 401ks or IRAs devoted to long-term savings. A checking account (and a small savings account at the same bank) to handle day-to-day expenses. Some CDs as a safety net in case I lose my job. A separate savings account for spur-of-the-moment spending.

This keeps things tidy and reduces the tempation for my spur-of-the-moment spending to hamper something important (like next weeks groceries).

This works great for short-term or long-term savings. But not so well for mid-term savings. Things that are maybe 3-7 years out. (Like buying a new car or saving for home remodelling.) I can’t figure out what the best vehicle is for carrying this out. I can take more risk (and want better return) than savings accounts and CDs, but it’s not so long that I want too much stock exposure.

It just doesn’t seem like there’s a good way to create a single account to handle this sort of time-horizon.

Maybe the answer is on your site somwhere and I haven’t been able to find it. Any suggestions?

Here’s how the group writing project will work. If you’re interested in participating, just do the following:

  1. Write a post on your own site that addresses the reader’s question below
  2. Send me the link (URL of the post) and the title of the post
  3. I’ll create a separate post showing the original question and an up-to-date list below the question that links to all other bloggers’ responses.
  4. Let’s set the cutoff for posts at Friday, July 7th at midnight (Pacific Coast Time), so that I can send a quick summary at the end of the week.

This is a great way for newcomers to build links and grow some traffic (just keep in mind that my site’s averaging a little less than 100 visitors a day, though it’s growing). I benefited quite a bit from Darren’s group writing projects, so I’m trying to pay it forward, though in a (necessarily) smaller way!

Sound good? This is my first time attempting this, so let me know any feedback you have!


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[…] Personal finance [Note: This is my response to a question received from one of my readers. I’ve made it into a group writing project (instructions and original question are in the link). Please feel free to respond to the question and participate, and I will create a post linking to everyone’s responses this Friday. Thanks!] […]

Responses to “How to invest for 3-7 years out” | Experiments in Finance

[…] Personal finance I only received a couple of participants in my group writing project, but I’m not disappointed: they both had great advice, and in the end, it’s the quality that counts! Without further ado, here are some thoughts other personal finance bloggers shared, and a link to my response as well. The original question appears below. […]

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