Dear Reader…

Thank you for stopping by the Best Interest.

I’m Jesse. I’m an engineer, a new owner of an old home, and an avid reader/writer.

After a couple years of post-college meandering, unsure where my dollars were going, I started having lots of finance conversations with friends and family. The more I wrote my thoughts down, the better things went. With some Seth Godin encouragement, I began writing in silicon, and the Best Interest was born.

Personal finance is a touchy topic. It’s tough to convey the right emotions when talking about how folks handle their money. The Best Interest’s goal is to offer knowledge and new points of view. The answers are out there, and most of them are free. If you don’t have the right answers, I hope the Best Interest can help provide them. Forgive the strong metaphor here, but I think this story drives the point home:

Recruiting more Best Interest boat-builders

Noah was on his ark, and the rain was pouring down. The valleys were flooded, the peaks were next, and surely most of the beasts had already perished. But Noah had prepared, and he was safe. But…

Do you think Noah was happy? Do you think he was dancing and celebrating his own position, high and dry? I doubt it.

Instead, Noah was probably wondering what he could have done to convince the others to save themselves. How should he have spread the word? Where were the other boats?

It was a disaster; Noah’s position didn’t change that fact.

Obviously, I’m just a dude who writes about monkeys and Tom Cruise and index funds. But every time a reader tells me that the Best Interest convinced them to maximize their employer’s 401(k) match, I think, “Yes! We’ve got another boat-builder.”

We can stay dry during financial floods–or even light showers–but we’ve got to build a sturdy boat first. All I want to do on the Best Interest is provide how-to’s to build more boats.

Will you become a boat builder?

I hope you enjoy my thoughts, numerical breakdowns, and general musings. If you’d like to comment, ask a question, or simply say hi, leave me a message here on the Best Interest website, or on Twitter (@BestInterest_JC), or on Reddit (u/BestInterestDotBlog).

Many of my posts have been directly influenced by my readers. It’s the most fun part of writing this blog.

And as always, thanks for reading the Best Interest.

–Jesse Cramer