Market temperatures edge lower at beginning of last working day in 2016

winter scene with lots of snow and a river.

This is a guest post by Miss S. Market, virtual journalist from the DividendLife Journal.

December 30th, 2016 – Detroit.

Today’s temperature in Detroit opened higher before edging lower Friday morning, the last day of the year, as the climate looked to end a two-day skid. Temperatures haven’t had a three-day losing streak since the last time this happened.

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Budget 17.0 – updating my budget for 2017

Alright so it’s not really up there with one of Lord Blackadder’s dastardly schemes. But my plan is to renumber my future budgets so that I can easily tell which year each one is for. For 2017 I’m going to call it version 17.0 which shares the same number as the year. Cunning or what? I may need to modify it in six months, in which case it’ll be revised to 17.5.

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Predictably Irrational – the hidden forces that shape our decisions

Seeing that I make my fair share of irrational decisions, I was curious about why I do that. Dan Ariely, a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke, explains some of our irrational behavior in his book, Predictably Irrational. It was on offer this month for the princely sum of $1.99 (Kindle edition) so I treated myself. Otherwise your local library may have the book for free.

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How can you budget for happiness?

The word budget typically has a negative connotation to it. After all, it’s a restriction to a limited resource (money). A budget is really just one tool in the personal finance toolbox for following a plan. But if money is limited, how can you budget for happiness?

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UK Dividend Champions December 2016 Update

UK Dividend Champions December 2016 logo The UK Dividend Champions December 2016 edition is now available at DividendChampions.UK.

December was another month with a net loss of three companies reducing the current list membership to 256. Three 25-year champions increased their dividends for another year however.
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