Here's our weekly roundup of worthwhile reads on investing, personal finance, and stewardship. Check 'em out — and if you're so inclined, add a comment below.
- Trump authorizes tariffs, defying allies at home and abroad (New York Times). But the new policy is less expansive and more flexible than many critics expected.
- How tax and accounting changes obscured a strong quarter for earnings (MarketWatch). Well, that was confusing. A revenue rule change and byzantine tax disclosures overshadowed the fastest pace of S&P 500 earnings-per-share growth since 2011.
- IRS lowers 2018 family HSA contribution limit by $50 (SHRM). More than two months into the year, the IRS has recalculated a particular Health Savings Account limit.
- Using a Health Savings Account to pay for long-term-care insurance (Kiplinger). Yes, you can tap an HSA to pay LTC premiums, but the amount you can withdraw tax-free depends on your age.
- A new tax scam, and tips on how to deal with it (The New York Times). In this scam, thieves actually deposit money into your account! (Then they contact you with a fabricated story.)
And from the bloggers and pundits...
- When do you want your risk – now or later? (Michael Batnick, The Irrelevant Investor). Striking the right balance between the stocks and bonds is the single most important decision investors make.
- What are the 10 biggest ideas that changed your life? (Brent Bashore). A "tweetstorm" featuring some timeless advice.
- 9 ways to reverse lifestyle creep (Tim Lemke, Wise Bread). Having trouble making ends meet even though you're making more money than you used to?
- Comparing the 25 most notable cryptocurrencies (Visual Capitalist). There are so many cryptocurrencies/coins it's difficult to tell the players without a scorecard. This scorecard covers the top 25.
- The strength in accountability (Brooke Fitch, Ron Blue Institute). The toughest part of implementing a financial plan is sticking to it. It helps to have someone to cheer us on, and to hold us accountable.
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