Today’s bits: California or bust, Women, Sex, and Dental work

California Exports Its Poor to Texas (The Big Picture)

Fascinating story… For decades, the migration of Americans was towards California. That’s changing… Today, California exports more than commodities such as movies, new technologies and produce. It also exports truck drivers, cooks and cashiers. Every year from 2000 through 2015, more people left California than moved in from other states. This migration was not spread evenly across all income groups…

The number of the day is 14

14 changes to make in your 30s that will set you up for lifelong success (Your Money)

14 Savings Hacks That Don’t Always Work (The Simple Dollar)

How to save money

How to Save Money With a 0% Balance Transfer (SmartAsset Blog)

4 Legal Ways to Lower Your Tax Bill (Gen Y Planning)

Here’s good news: Nearly 40 Percent of Millennials Will Stash Their Tax Refund (frugal /

How not to borrow money

Recently Goldman Sachs announced that they were entering the personal loans marketplace. Now, American Express has joined them. While they are offering loans, they are not allowing you to game the system. Loans are being offered only to existing card customers and come with a catch: Borrowers can’t use an American Express personal loan to refinance an American Express card balance. (WSJ)

Women’s Day

Yes, Women Are Better Investors Than Men (investing / Money Magazine)

5 things women can teach men about investing (investing / USA TODAY)

The Surprising Winners From the Rise of Passive Investing? Women (investing / Bloomberg)

Above Water!

One Million Homes Back Above Waterline in 2016 – The once-epidemic level of underwater properties retreated further into history in 2016 as another 1 million homeowners regained equity in their homes. CoreLogic said on Thursday that 48 million homes, about 93.8 percent of those with a mortgage, now have positive equity. Negative equity peaked at 26 percent of mortgaged residential properties in Q4 2009 (Mortgage News Daily)

As mortgage rates climb…

Mortgage rates jump to 4.21% (mortgage / OCRegister)

Speaking of water…

Americans now drink more bottled water than soda (

Mortgage debt is OK, it’s the other debt…

Hawaii has the second-highest consumer debt in the nation (debt / Honolulu Star)

Financial tips

Social Security Tips to Maximize Your Benefits (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance)

5 foolish investing mistakes investors make everyday (investing / AOL Small Business)

And other tips

Restaurants Adding Surcharge To Customers’ Bills Amid Rising Labor Costs (Consumerist)

Where to live if you’re looking for work

The 15 best states for landing a job (Your Money)

Where to live if you’re working to live

The 15 most expensive ZIP codes in America (Your Money)

Where to live healthfully

Healthiest Cities in the United States (SmartAsset Blog)

10 Of The Healthiest Places To Live In America | The Huffington Post

Best Places to Live for a Healthy Lifestyle – AARP

and wealthy…

Where to Live If You Want to Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Foolish – Motley …

Go to the dentist… while you still have insurance

Get Dental Work Before You Retire I have spent more on dental work since I’ve retired than I did in all the years I worked, combined… (Squared Away Blog)


Sex might make you happier at work, study says – While the title might be self-explanatory, I don’t think they meant have more sex at work (Daily News)

After Age 50, Americans are Having Less Sex (AARP)

Retired at 31

A computer engineer who retired at 31 with $1 million saved explains how her career changed her perspective on money (Your Money)

102 days and counting…

How long have the S&P 500, Dow gone without a 1% fall? 102 days It’s been over three months since we’ve seen a sizable down day in the stock market. If you think about it, it is peculiar to see a one percent change in a day on the price of equities. Think about the price of other items, like milk or eggs. Does the price of milk and eggs change significantly one day to the next? Are a dozen eggs $1.99 today and then $1.97 tomorrow, then $2.02 the day after? No, the price of these types if items tends to remain consistent. But the price of stocks varies day to day, minute to minute, even second to second. Typically we see changes from market open to market close of less than one percent, but it is fairly common to see a one percent downward move… just not lately. (

Chart of the Day

Infographic: Majority of Americans Oppose Weakening the EPA | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista


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