Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Christmas Money Tree

Once upon a time, there was a tree that grew money every Christmas. People came from all across the land to share in the joy of Christmas and take money from the tree that would last for a year. If I was writing this program, that's the fantasy I would create, but alas, our reality doesn't work that way. Congratulations to the two Meg Million winners and their families who celebrate a special Christmas in 2013. For the rest of us, the dreams of what we would do with the money now fade from mind as we return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Finance is the focus of the day. People ask questions about year-end bonuses and what the economy will look like in 2014 both for themselves and the world. Major changes in the way we do business - from the smallest retailer to international finance - will happen in 2014. Lots of revisions on all fronts will be implemented as once again you will be forced to adapt. People will read, listen, process, explore patterns old and new, evaluate, criticize, then make choices and decisions they may never have considered. Hang tough, don't overspend at Christmas and always be prepared as natural disasters and climate changes accelerate. I read too many people in 2013 who didn't set aside extra money for emergencies. You must prepare until the end.


CNN Money

6 retirement myths you need to ignore   CNBC - December 17, 2013
Academic, institutional and media reports tend to serve up workers with warnings - often wrapping up with a "save now and save more" silver lining. It doesn't seem to be inspiring the masses. According to a Wells Fargo study, 37 percent of Americans expect to work until they are too sick to work or die.
Myth # 1: The 401(k) was created to boost your retirement dollars.
Myth # 2: You need 80 percent of your current income level in retirement.
Myth # 3: You're too young to start paying for long-term care.
Myth # 4: Don't ever touch your principal.

Today's Birthdays and Quotes

December 18 - Happy Birthday George

Reality is a synthetic construct.

My dreams are becoming more lucid where I realize a dream within a dream within a dream.

December 18, 1946

Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg is an award winning American
film director, screenwriter, and producer. Filmography

Reality is a set of lucid dreams projected to the eye of the beholder.

Steven Spielberg Quotes 1

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December 18, 1963

Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt is an award winning American
actor and film producer. Filmography

A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love,
the greater the loss. That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all.

Brad Pitt Quotes

December 18, 1978

Katie Holmes

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Katie Holmes is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

We come from light and return to light.

We are all connected on the Tree of Life.

Katie Holmes Quotes 1

Katie Holmes Quotes 2

December 18, 1980

Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera is award winning
American recording artist and actress.
Filmography -- Discography

The roughest road often leads to the top.

Christina Aguilera Quotes 1

Christina Aguilera Quotes 2

December 18, 1992

Bridgit Mendler

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Bridgit Mendler is an award winning American
actress, singer, musician and songwriter.
Filmography -- Discography

The good thing about waking up early is you get to see the sunrise.

Bridgit Mendler