Here's our weekly list of worthwhile reads related to investing and personal finance:
Senate's Obamacare replacement bill to boost health savings accounts (CNBC). Good news — if it happens. HSAs are triple tax-advantaged.
Forget ping pong, this is the hot new work perk (The Wall Street Journal via MarketWatch). Financial stress can cause workers to be distracted and less productive, so more employers are teaching employees financial basics.
Millennials are helping America save more money (Bloomberg). "[Millennials] have a greater aversion to debt...and they have a greater propensity toward saving than we’ve seen in some time." So says a spokesman for Bankrate.com, commenting on the surprising results of a survey commissioned by the personal-finance website.
15 jaw-dropping predictions for workers over 50 (MarketWatch). Once you get past the click-bait headline, there are interesting prognostications here, including: "American corporations will greatly expand job flexibility options to keep valuable boomer and Gen X employees," and "There will be a surge in volunteers at nonprofits and service organizations."
Boris Becker declared bankrupt over 'substantial' long-standing debt (The Guardian). The three-time Wimbledon champ's money woes suggest that financial stability is less about how much you earn than about how much you spend.
And from the blogosphere...
When knowledge is useless (A Wealth of Common Sense). Gaining financial knowledge is good, but knowledge won't help much unless you take the next step.
What Christians should know about 'the economy' (Acton Institute Powerblog). A primer on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and why it matters.
The web makes it harder to read market sentiment (Bloomberg View). The internet has given voice to boundless numbers of self-proclaimed financial pundits. That has a downside.
Is revenue from Airbnb rentals tax-free? (Independence Advisors). The answer, surprisingly, is yes — with one very important stipulation.
Boost your savings by making your money harder to spend (Wise Bread). Smartphone apps, one-click online shopping, and debit and credit cards make it easier than ever to spend impulsively. You may want to create a few barriers between you and your money.
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