We're bringing you the Roundup a day early this week. Tomorrow is Good Friday and our offices will be closed. Have a blessed Easter, celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. He is risen!
- What you can learn from your 2018 tax return (Morningstar). Reviewing your 1040 and related documents yields valuable intelligence about your financial life.
- How long should you keep tax records? (Kiplinger). Some you should hang on to indefinitely.
- Tax returns show many 2020 Democrats have one financial habit in common (Business Insider). Most of the announced Democratic presidential contenders have been giving only a small percentage of their income to charity.
- Let he who is without yeezys cast the first stone: Should pastors wear $5,000 sneakers? (New York Times). I expected this article to be snarky, but it turns out to be a somewhat serious story about Christians wrestling with moral questions re: money and materialism.
- Which markets are closed on Good Friday (MarketWatch). This piece notes that "Good Friday is a Christian holiday that celebrates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ," but accompanies the story with a photo of a man in an Easter Bunny costume. Sad.
And from the blogs and opinion columns...
- On the other hand (Jonathan Clements, Humble Dollar). Is this good news or bad news? Clements writes on the difficulty of parsing market and economic data.
- Revisiting this IRS form might solve your future tax woes (NerdWallet via MarketWatch). How long has it been since you filled out a W-4 withholding form for your employer? You may want to update it.
- Compare 25+ cash back credit cards in this free spreadsheet (Jak Frist, Tiller). A handy resource for comparing cards that offer cash back. (Go directly to the Google Docs spreadsheet here.)
- Dementia is a threat to managing money (Squared Away Blog). When dementia sets in, people risk making big financial mistakes.
- Is buying stuff the best way to help the poor? (Greg Phelan, The Gospel Coalition). An interesting question — and answer — about effective generosity.
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