After ignoring Wall Street, let’s get on with our life one blog at a time … by Julie Klingler
As we recover from 4th of July parades, picnics, fireworks, and a day of celebration, it’s important to focus on the positives in this great country rather than the political divide that seems to make up most of our headline news. Sure we have problems – we have a national debt that we can’t control, a failing health care system, an 8.2 % unemployment rate with little forward momentum and a majority of the country is sitting in sweltering heat – some going days without power.
However, as my family enjoyed a small town parade on Wednesday I took a moment to appreciate what we do have. We have the opportunity to choose our preferred religion, the political side of the fence we would rather vote on, the ability to freely share our opinions, and equal participation in free enterprise. I’m not sure many of our fellow citizens around the world can share those same opportunities.
It’s difficult to avoid the persuasion of shocking headlines and sell-worthy news titles – Larry Swedroe gives an interesting perspective on bad headlines and our investment decisions last week in CBS MoneyWatch.
Remember, the next time you read the headlines, a balanced perspective is key when making long term financial decisions. Happy Birthday, America.