Wow! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (to coin a phrase ). Here's our holiday weekend Roundup of read-worthy articles on investing, personal finance, and stewardship. Enjoy!
- Schwab muscles its way to the top of a zero-fee world (Bloomberg via InvestmentNews). The deal to acquire TD Ameritrade caps a year of off-again-on-again negotiations.
- TD Bank keeps valuable sweep deal in Schwab-Ameritrade merger (Dow Jones Newswires via Morningstar). The merger gives Toronto-Dominion Bank, which owns 43% of TD Ameritrade, continued access to uninvested cash in investors' low-paying sweep deposit accounts.
- How living longer can pay off for these retirees (CNBC). Because people are living longer, the IRS may may revise its formula for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from traditional IRAs.
- Personal loans are 'growing like a weed,' a potential warning sign for the U.S. economy (Washington Post via MySA). So far, the deliquency rate on these loans is fairly low. Still...
- Will you underspend in retirement? (Morningstar). An interview (video/transcript) about "not spending enough to enjoy retirement."
And from the bloggers and pundits...
- The best investment you can make (Nick Nick Maggiulli, Of Dollars and Data). Are we making the most of little time we have in this life?
- More is never enough (Ramp Capital). Ramp Capital is a humor site, but this post moves past the humor to a more sober reflection on "how much is enough?"
- Don't get an F (James McGlynn, Humble Dollar). Starting in 2020, the popular Medigap plan known as Plan F won't be available to new enrollees. Plan G is comparable, however — and this author says it's acutally a better choice.
- Why Christians should talk more openly about our finances (Amy DiMarcangelo, The Gospel Coalition). We can help each other be more content, more genenrous, and more financially responsible.
- Mapped: The 1.2 billion people without access to electricity (Visual Capitalist). Huge numbers of people in the world still don't have what we take for granted.
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