It’s reflection time here at Financial Samurai. I’d like to go over some of the most visited posts by search, the most commented posts, as well as other posts I think are worth highlighting. I wrote over 200 articles in 2012, so there’s a lot to sort through!
I’ve done my best to be as helpful as possible on important subject matters such as investing, retirement savings, and career moves. We’ve got one life to live, so we might as well get our finances in order to live it to the fullest!
The theme of this site is to slice through money’s mysteries to achieve financial independence. I’m not one to shy away from providing my own opinions when I feel strongly about a subject. If I think you are wrong, I will tell you so and provide reasons why. I hope you do the same because that’s the best way we can learn.
It’s important that Financial Samurai never turns into a factory site with neutered content. I started Financial Samurai in 2009 as an outlet for my frustrations about the financial crisis. I hope none of us ever revisit such times, although our government is doing their best to bring us there with the budget debacle! If I ever hire staff writers, I will make sure they come with their own thoughts and not be afraid to challenge conventional wisdom and defend their positions.
Without further ado, let’s recap the year 2012!
Top Five Most Read Posts Written In 2012 On Financial Samurai
1) How Much Should People Have Saved In Their 401Ks At Different Ages? (168,422 views, 431 comments) - A positive sign visitors are taking the initiative to understand whether they are on track for retirement. Although I do not think the 401K is enough for most people to live off in retirement, it’s a big portion of the retirement puzzle. I get the sense that despite the growth of our government, more people are coming to realize they should only depend on themselves.
2) What Income Level Is Considered Rich? (108,232 views, 147 comments) - The term, “class warfare” was bantered around a lot during the Presidential campaign, pitting the wealthy against the not-so-wealthy. People wanted to find out what income level started to make people “evil.” There’s so much hatred towards people who have more. Hopefully this post helps provide some perspective that cost of living is very different across the country.
3) The Average Net Worth For The Above Average Person (81,800 views, 233 comments) – Taking things one step beyond income to find out what above average people have in terms of net worth. Everybody believes they are above average, but that’s mathematically impossible.
4) Definitions Of A Middle Class Income: Do You Consider Yourself Middle Class? (76,300 views, 106 comments) – With so much talk from Obama and Mitt about how they plan to take care of the Middle Class, everybody is wondering whether the candidates are talking about us!
5) Don’t Get Fired Or Quit, Get Laid Off Instead (42,283 views, 143 comments) - There’s tremendous dissatisfaction in the workplace. Studies show that less than 50% of workers are happy at their jobs and a full 25% hate their jobs. The economic downturn of 2009-2010 created pent up demand for those who want to move, but couldn’t. As the economy continues to get better, I forecast a surge of people looking to find more meaning in their lives by taking the leap of faith and doing something they truly want to do.
* For reference, the most read post was written two years ago and received over 450,000 views in 2012.
Top Five Most Commented Posts Of 2012 (Outside The Top Five Most Read)