Today’s bits: Negotiating the airport security maze

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Negotiating the airport security maze

Negotiating the airports is trying to say the least for most of us. The number of airline passengers at United States airports hit a high of 895.5 million in 2015 and is on track to surpass that in 2016, according to the latest data available from the Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. You’ve probably heard of TSA PreCheck; the opportunity to skip the main line at the airport and breeze through security, relatively speaking. Did you know there are other services offering ways to help you negotiate the airport security system? (Itineraries)

Tax Software Review

It’s that time of the year again: tax season. You have until April 18th this year; a three day extension thanks to a weekend and a DC holiday. Even with the extra three days, there’s no reason to wait to get started. Which software will you use. Here’s a look at the three most popular programs. (Your taxes)

What will you do with your tax refund?

The average income tax refund in 2016 was $2,860 — that’s some serious “extra” money you don’t want to leave on the table.

How do you plan on spending your tax refund? Respondents to a survey were given seven possible answers and were limited to one response each:

  • Pay off debt (loans, credit cards, etc.)
  • Splurge on a purchase (TV, shoes, etc.)
  • Put the money toward a vacation
  • Put the money in savings
  • Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.)
  • I do not receive a tax refund
  • None of the above

source: (MSN)

Will you outlive your money?

How long should you plan to live? No one can really know, of course. But the answer to that question may be the most critical factor in making a successful financial plan for retirement. Fewer baby boomer retirees — Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — have traditional pensions than their parents generation did, which means they will need to retire on income from Social Security and savings. At the same time, expected longevity for men and women at age 65 has jumped more than 10 percent since 2000, according to the Society of Actuaries. Men who reach age 65 can be expected to live to an average age of 86.6, and women to 88.8. (Your Money)

10 Insane Things People On Wall Street Believe

Great list. Here are my favorites:

  • Layoffs are great news, the more the better
  • Billionaires from Greenwich, CT can understand the customers of JC Penney, Olive Garden, K-Mart and Sears
  • A company is plagued by the fact that it holds over $100 billion in cash

Here’s the link to the rest: (Ritzholz)

The Best Places for Pay in STEM Jobs – 2017 Edition

No surprise here: STEM pay is still highest on the West Coast. For the second year in a row, STEM workers in the San Jose metro area have the highest annual salaries within the industry. STEM pay also remains high in the San Francisco and Oakland metro areas. Perhaps not surprising, Huntsville, AL ranks in the top 10.  (SmartAsset)

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