It's the 11th Day of Christmas! And while we can't present you with "11 pipers piping," we are offering up 10 interesting articles on investing, personal finance, and stewardship:
- Stock market earnings angst goes beyond Apple (Bloomberg, via InvestmentNews). Apple is only one of many companies that, with a wary eye on China, have downgraded earnings forecasts.
- December jobs report highlights economy's strength despite market tumult (New York Times). Meanwhile, American job and wage growth suggest the U.S. economy is humming along.
- Is the Fed done raising rates? The market thinks so. (Barron's via Nasdaq). This touches on a topic Mark mentioned in his DAA update Monday: Derivative pricing data suggests a roughly 60% probability that the Fed won't raise rates at all this year.
- Investing in an HSA? Better shop around (Kiplinger). Some Health Savings Accounts charge investing and maintenance fees. Others don't.
- Here's the tax bite on that $425 million Mega Millions jackpot (CNBC). Ever wonder how much of a big lottery payout goes to taxes? In some cases, it's almost half.
And from the blogosphere...
- 11 questions to ask yourself when you’re panicking about the stock market (Paul Merriman, MarketWatch). To combat market-related uneasiness, put your thinking cap on.
- 2018: The year in charts (Charlie Bilello, Pension Partners). As radio commentator Paul Harvey used to say, "Over our shoulder, a backward glance..." Well, maybe more than just a glance.
- 2017 vs. 2018 in the stock market (Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense). One year was exceedingly calm. The other, not so much.
- 7 ways the IRS supports your charitable desires (White Coat Investor). A roundup of how the U.S. tax code encourages charitable giving.
- Five simple steps to financial freedom (Ron Blue via Vagabond Finances). The money management principles found in Scripture can be applied to any financial situation.
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