With the passing of the Victoria Day long weekend, summer is officially here. While your list of activities for the next few months may be growing, and the cost of amusement parks and family vacations can start adding up, there are a number of things you can do to stay on budget. Here are a few ideas for some fun and productive activities that can help you soak up every drop of this summer without breaking the bank.
John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” This rings true in many aspects of our lives – in our jobs, our families, our homes. And also in our investment plans, as we think about the future and how we will achieve our financial goals. But sometimes, things happen that can derail these plans and good intentions.
The value of saving money was ingrained in me by my parents at a young age. Cash gifts would go into my bank account and chores were happily accepted so I could buy my own treats at the dollar store. When the time came to splurge on an electronic or the hottest new toy, I had my own stash to dip into. Parents are the biggest influencers on their child’s financial habits, so here are our 9 ways to teach kids to save money, and they all start with you!
Over the past month, equity markets appear to have changed course from the battering they took at the beginning of 2016. We have seen oil prices stabilize, more clarity around Fed rate increases, and stronger corporate earnings. In this month’s update, we review trends in emerging markets, and a shift in the US employment landscape.