Here's our mid-February assortment of interesting reads on investing and other money-related topics. Read, learn, and enjoy!
- Schwab doubles lineup to 500+ commission-free ETFs (news release). The brokerage-industry price war continues.
- Fidelity expands commission-free ETF lineup to 500 (City Wire USA). Fidelity responds.
- Health shocks drive many to retire earlier than planned (Plan Sponsor). Among people who intend to work to age 66 or later, more than half fail to reach their target.
- Social Security scams are a growing threat (Kiplinger). In fiscal 2018, nearly 63,000 online SS applications likely were fraudulent (up from fewer than 100 in 2015), with fraudsters impersonating actual beneficiaries.
- That $22 trillion national debt number is huge, but here's what it really means (CNBC). The U.S. national debt has now topped $22 trillion. (The federal debt to the penny can be seen here.)
And from the bloggers and pundits...
- CD rates summary – February 12, 2019 (DepositAccounts.com). After trending upward, CD rates are starting to fall.
- 8 practical ways to love God more than money (Joe Plemon, Seed Time). Money always tugs at our affections. Therefore, we must be intentional about keeping God first.
- What to do in retirement? (Ashby Daniels, Retirement Field Guide). After a "honeymoon stage" of unlimited free-time, many newly minted retirees start to suffer an identity crisis.
- Confessions of a finance journalist: Most of what you hear is noise (Michael Pascoe, The New Daily). This is written by a former reporter for Australian television, but his critique certainly rings true for U.S. financial TV.
- Annuities group signs up to sponsor Rolling Stones tour (Investment News). Apparently, today's target audience for annuities is aging Rolling Stones fans. Will the pitch be: "Can't get no financial satisfaction? Buy an annuity!"? (Note: Access to article may require free registration.)
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