With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial goals.
So, as you look back at 2016, pay close attention to these elements of your investment picture:
On further review, and based solely on monetary reasons, I should have picked another profession.
Had I followed the advice, suggestions or even pleadings of various relatives and friends, it might very well have happened.
My grandfather on my Dad’s side wanted me to be either an architect or general contractor.
For a while there, between the ages of 9 to 12 years old, that route appealed to me, mainly because I enjoyed tagging along with my grandfather to construction sites where he served as a contractor.
Question: I know I need to make changes in the way I handle my family’s finances, but I don’t want to make drastic commitments that I can’t keep. How much is too much when you’re just starting to get things going in the right direction?
Answer: A lot more than you think.
I have no problem with eating healthy — I do it all the time. I can say no to sweets, fried stuff and jumbo portions. As long as I’m all in.
This week I’ve been telling my wife, “I am embracing hunger.” I almost believe myself.
Bubonic plague. Malaria. Small pox. Yellow Fever. Measles. Influenza. Cholera.
And now Ebola.
These diseases have killed hundreds of thousands of people through the years, not only in the United States, but worldwide.
With the most current — and the most widespread — outbreak of Ebola in Africa and the death toll rising to nearly 1,000, one would think this is a serious enough disease and the powers that be would exacerbate all efforts to keep the virus contained.
But that’s not true. In recent days there have been two people enter into the United States with the disease.