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 foundering, 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. And with some Seth Godin encouragement, I began writing in stone. Well, maybe “in silicon.” And the Best Interest was born.

I realize that personal finance is a touchy topic. Despite offering many tips, tricks, and new points of view, the Best Interest isn’t trying to proselytize or brag. It’s tough to convey the right emotions when talking about how people handle their money. Forgive the strong metaphor here, but I really like this story:

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.

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 wondering what he could have done to convince the others to save themselves. What could he have done to 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 friend tells me that the Best Interest convinced them to maximize their employer’s 401(k) match, I think, “We’ve got another boat-builder.” All I want to do here on the Best Interest is build more boats.

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