2017 RiversHedge Best-of Awards
1. Best life-cycle blogger that leapfrogs ideas from "academia and the best practitioners" straight to retail investor-retirees. This, by the way, is a serious calling in my opinion and vastly underappreciated. I aspire to be one of those that helps bridge that kind of gap. Dirk and I have corresponded and he is a very solid and friendly guy. I read everything he posts as soon as he posts it.
Dirk Cotton, TheRetirementCafe2. Best real retiree that has quant chops and serious purpose. Darrow and I have corresponded as well and I think he may also win the "blogger I most want to fly to Santa Fe and have a coffee with or maybe take a hike in the New Mexico hills with" award. He can analyse with the best of them but he also lives a life of purpose. I aspire to be like him when I'm older. Oh, yeah, that's right...I am older.
Darrow Kirkpatrick, CanIRetireYet3. Best ETF strategist that also gets the life-cycle part of life-cycle finance. I have corresponded with Corey and he appears to be a very qualified and insightful hard-quant strategist. His own blog posts aren't just solid, they appear to be accelerating. I look forward to more.
Corey Hoffstien, ThinkNewFound
4. Best all-around life-cycle academic. Ok, there is a clear conflict of interest here. Moshe just gave me an half an hour of one on one time in FL because he is a nice guy and I asked. So I am biased. But really the guy has game when it comes to both academic finance research and a vast body of work of accessible quant-heavy pop lit in retirement finance. What's not to like here. It appears that there will be years and years of good stuff coming from Toronto. Me and my twin sister are (I hate to say fans) readers.
Tadas Viskanta, abnormalreturns6. Best skin-in-the-game PhD early retirement blogger. I will formally renounce here all ideas about me blogging on certain quant topics AND case study last-mile stuff because, frankly, I can't touch what he has been doing. I tried to correspond but haven't heard back. I look forward to his posts because they have both common sense and academic rigor and he, apparently, is selling nothing but his enthusiasm. Like me, eh?
earlyretirementnow.com https://earlyretirementnow.com/7. Best all around retirement researcher. What can I say. Wade has achieved the impossible: ubiquity in a ret-fin niche. He has been very helpful and has never (ok, once but he is a busy and visible guy) ever failed to respond to a reasonable question. I think he has added more to the modern view of retirement finance than a whole bunch of [something other] combined (I couldn't come up with the analogy on short notice). Did I mention he is prolific.
Wade Pfau, https://retirementresearcher.com8. Best accessible practitioner-quant that is a nice guy too. Joe and I have corresponded and I can attest to all of the bolded title here. I mean really, he's got the quant chops but just read his papers and maybe correspond. Maybe its a rural Maine thing, like the Minnesota where I grew up. His affability pours off the page/email. That means I may also have to create a category for "practitioner-quant I am most likely to drop in on in out-of-the-way Greenville Maine." I usually kill whatever I am working on and read whatever his latest is when it comes out wherever. Every time. Right away.
Gordon Irlam AAcalc.com10. Best RiversHedge Reader. David has been preternaturally consistent in trading everything: good ideas, links, questions, content, comments, etc etc back and forth. Shall I say he's the only one? Not completely but pretty close. Quite a bit -- no, really an awful lot -- about what I know now about my new world of retirement finance has been triggered by stuff he has sent and that I have read. Not since the middle ages has correspondence been this helpful in the field of inquiry. Hyperbole? of course but that's how it used to work, isn't it?
David C.11. Best all-around practitioner insight. When does he have the time to sell and service clients? I mean really, how does he do it? Ever seen the letters behind his name in terms of designations. I mean really, again, how does he do it?
Ben Carlson, A wealth of common sense.13. Best alt-asset manager with a well thought-through mathematically grounded point of view. I mean, really. When Cliff is on a jag it must be read. Also, his quant chops are so solid. He has a bunch of my money right now because I am a true believer in the AQR thing so I hope he is reading this right now and deciding how he can make me richer (or, rather, let's say more efficient...). If I was 22 I would probably want to work at AQR. Not Bridgewater, btw, (ever read the Dalio manifesto? totally creeps me out) but AQR=yes. I'm in. Since I am trying to un-retire, Cliff, maybe you can email me at the email on my site. Give me a call; you guys have good health insurance, by the way, right?
Cliff Asness, Cliffsperspective14. Best blogging economist with a great POV. This find was random but turns out he works with Peter Federer (a friend of mine that lived across the street) at Macalester College in St. Paul MN near where I used to live. That alone is worth the recommendation. I could probably outsource all of my "society and capital" linkfest items to Tim. Interesting content and point of view. I keep going back.
Tim Talyor, ConversableEconomist15. Best Federal Reserve Blog
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19. Best investment commentator with both insight and humility. How often does that combo happen?