Another school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future — to the day when your kids say “goodbye” to their local schools and “hello” to their college dormitories. When that day arrives, will you be financially prepared to pay for the high costs of higher education?
If you are like me, you are increasingly happy when you fill up at the gas station these days. My husband and I, as well as our daughters, have actually sent one another pictures of fuel prices as they have sunk lower and lower this fall and winter.
However, while those gas prices are making our individual pockets happy, they will cost our collective pocket a great deal in the coming year, as our legislators attempt to address the impact of this lost income upon our state budget.
Friday is National Puzzle Day, with puzzle celebrations and events taking place at museums, libraries and other venues across the country. Why this date was chosen – or why National Puzzle Day even exists — is something of a mystery. But as an investor, you can find value in the concept of a puzzle — specifically, in putting together the pieces of your financial puzzle.
What are these pieces? Here are the essential ones:
It’s been 10 years since I was a full-time reporter, but I’m hacked off nonetheless. What was the Justice Department thinking when its investigators secretly seized phone records from Associated Press journalists?
Come on, now. In the slightly toned down words of House Speaker John Boehner, “they better have a good explanation.” So far, the only thing we’ve heard is that the feds were trying to figure out who leaked details about the CIA’s disruption of a Yemen-based terrorist plot to bomb an airliner.