Late at night, alone in the dark, we'll concede that happiness is the thing we want most. But happiness and a centered life elude us. Happiness is always the target, the reason we do what we do. But we seem to be shooting in the dark.
For those who are fretting that the budget negotiations will "break down," they can stop worrying. Much of the damage from the debt ceiling debate has already been done and we are already experiencing the ramifications.
"We need to balance the budget in order to grow the economy." In the midst of the federal budget debt ceiling food fight, this may be one of the only ideas both political parties can more or less agree on.
Choosing the right terms and interest rates on CDs is especially challenging because it involves a decision not just about the present, but about the future. To help you understand the economic context, try the four-corner approach.
Housing is at best bumping along the bottom, the engine of job growth has shifted from first gear to neutral with unemployment now increasing. Perhaps it would be useful to take a moment and just catalogue what's going wrong.