Summer is here. Yes, Summer! Summer provides me mixed feelings. It provides us with great weather, but it is also the name of my Canadian ex-girlfriend from high school who was a figment of my imagination. Oh…you know you had one too! Now on to the must do’s for June.
Sometimes keeping up with the Jones’ can be exhausting. It is human nature to often fall into the same traps as our friends and neighbors. If they go on exotic vacations, I must go on an exotic vacation. If they join the country club down the street, I must join. Truth is there are many kinds of fun that don’t cost money–a lot of the things that people did years ago before the advent of 3D movies, gourmet restaurants, traveling soccer teams and endless consumerism.
In honor of Ignacio Zaragoza’s amazing victory at the Battle of Puebla, let’s celebrate with 5 Money Must-Do’s for May.
April is Financial Literacy month in the United States. In 2003, Congress finally supported the idea of financial literacy month. Because it was officially recognized by Congress, a big push was made from various non-profits and government agencies (National Financial Educators Council, Financial Literacy and Education Commission, and National Endowment for Financial Education) generated tools and courses for families to utilize to improve your financial situation.
Investment markets have reared their ugly head since early February. After a time of prolonged quiet in the markets, investors are back to reacting to the news of the day. The week of March 18th yielded good economic news, a positive outlook by the Federal Reserve, yet a 5.9% retreat in the S&P 500 due to the talk of tariffs. Let’s look at an example to see if we should truly fear the day-to-day, or if we can achieve success even when we truly do have economic fears to be concerned about.