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Hi, everyone. It’s the start of the week and also Amazon Prime Day this July 15th, and customers this year have the added benefit of saving on purchases over the increased 48 hour savings period. The seemingly unstoppable Chinese economy is experiencing its lowest quarterly growth in 27 years, due to the ongoing trade tensions with the U.S. A new study shows that an alarming number of high school students lack proper knowledge about college financial aid. HBO found itself with a big hit among young viewers with Game Of Thrones, but the recent finale brings into question the viability of the channel to retain young viewers going forward. And we take a closer look at 401(k) plans and their context during a time in which pension offerings have diminished, and social security outlooks are uncertain.

 

BUSINESS

Fear missing out? Amazon knows it—and uses it to make Prime Day sales

This year, Amazon Prime Day will run for 48 hours, starting at midnight PT on July 15.

 

ECONOMY

China posts its lowest quarterly growth in 27 years as the trade war drags on

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

Aspiring College Students Know ‘Shockingly’ Little About Financial Aid

High school students know very little about how financial aid works, according to a new analysis.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Does HBO Have A Problem With Millennials Now That ‘Game Of Thrones’ Is Over?

When it comes to millennial viewers, “winter” has arrived for HBO in the wake of the finale of Game of Thrones.

 

RETIREMENT

The Financial Industry Preys on 401(k) Fees. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.

Many people studying retirement income have long warned about the risk to future retirees from the collapse of the traditional defined benefit pension.

July 15, 2019
Brad's Daily Reads

Daily Reads 7/15/2019

Hi, everyone. It’s the start of the week and also Amazon Prime Day this July 15th, and customers this year have the added benefit of saving on purchases over the increased 48 hour savings period. The seemingly unstoppable Chinese economy is experiencing its lowest quarterly growth in 27 years, due to the ongoing trade tensions […]
July 12, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/12/2019

Hi, everyone, and happy Friday. At the end of the week we look at Amazon’s $700 Million training pledge, and what that means for their employees. Trump comments on cryptocurrencies and how he believes Facebook should be required to have a charter for their Libra currency. Ted Benna, father of the 401(k) is helping small […]
July 11, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/11/2019

Hi, everyone. For this Thursday we look at Fed Chairmen Powell’s recent testimony regarding global weakness in the economic outlook, and how this has impacted Treasury yields. In contrast, we look at the positive gains with the S&P 500 hitting a record high at 3,000. And for the freelancers working in the gig economy, we […]
July 10, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/10/2019

Hi, everyone. It’s summertime, and as much as we like to focus on our next vacation, don’t forget to consider ways you can be saving this summer with our featured article on 6 tips for using tax-favored savings accounts. Recent news in real estate indicates the housing market is cooling after an intensive demand period. […]
July 9, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/9/2019

Hi, everyone. For Tuesday, news from Europe shows that central bankers are hinting at more monetary stimulus, contributing to sub-zero yields in the Europian Junk-Bond market. Millennials are favoring rentals over homeownership, thinking it costs less, but this has resulted in soaring rental prices. When it comes to personal finance, a new study shows that […]
July 8, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/8/2019

Hi, everyone. It’s the start of the week, and in today’s reads we gain insight into the ‘Pay-to-Play’ culture of certain mutual fund companies and brokerages, and how their actions are harming investors. A tax loophole with regards to Donar-Advised funds has allowed for massive accumulation of assets among charitable funds, bringing into question the […]
July 5, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/5/2019

Hi, everyone. We hope you all had a happy 4th of July. Today we look at the U.S. Jobs report for June, showing an added 224,000 jobs. Markets show a strong jump at over 2% for the 10-year Treasury note. We look at the comparison between a Lump Sum or Annuity over the long term […]
July 3, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/3/2019

Hi, everyone. It’s mid-week and at the top of our Daily Reads, we learn that the designation of being ‘middle class’ has more to it than just how much you earn. As we look deeper into the impact of Trump’s tariffs, it turns out Scotch and Irish Whiskey are also tied up is the U.S […]
July 2, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/2/2019

Hi, everyone. It’s Tuesday, and in the news, we see a shocking statistic that shows that retirees lose $3.4 trillion by claiming Social Security early. A new loyalty program by StubHub rewards big spenders with big incentives. Anheuser-Busch expands its offerings and reach with the acquisition of ‘The Fat Jewish’ wine brand. And if you’re […]
July 1, 2019
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Daily Reads 7/1/2019

Hi, everyone. Starting this week, we get big news about Ally Financial Inc. cutting rates ahead of the fed. When it comes to index funds, being average is a benefit for stability, which is essential for a long-term investment strategy. Google expands its capability with instant podcast searches and listening now being included in search […]