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VOL. 45 | NO. 24 | Friday, June 11, 2021
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: PERSONAL FINANCE

Lessons learned from scary 2020

Plunge a shock to investors used to an ever-rising market

Much of the fear that struck the country in early 2020 had more to do with the financial effects of COVID-19 than the medical. It began in late February and continued into March with record-setting Dow plunges March 9 (2,013 points), 12 (2,352 points) and 16 (2,997 points).

Parents should leave college loans to students

For parents who want to make sure their children graduate college debt-free, taking out loans themselves might seem like a better option. But a recent article by The New York Times highlights the problems with the federal Parent PLUS loans that can be made without consideration of the borrower’s ability to repay, and with little protections if they can’t.

PERSONAL FINANCE

What to do if you save too much for retirement

Many Americans don’t save enough for retirement, but it’s entirely possible to save too much – at least according to the IRS.

Local Weather
Currently
Knoxville, TN
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Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 52%

EVENTS

Free Family Fun. The Knoxville Office of Special Events and Parks and Recreation is hosting free Kid A’ Riffic Fun in the Park in eight city parks this summer, the next being World’s Fair Park, World’s Fair Park Drive, June 16. Families are invited to participate in crafts, games and other activities on Wednesdays in June and July, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No registration is required. Information. Other opportunities:

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MILLENNIAL MONEY

Trial, error, what I learned in about finance in my 20s

Your 20s are a time of self-exploration, finding your footing as an adult – and likely making some money mistakes.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

How much do you really know about Tennessee? Take the quiz

Happy 225th birthday, Tennessee! You don’t look a day over 210!

NEWSMAKERS

KCDC elects board; Whetsel continues as chair

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation has elected 2021-22 officers for its board of commissioners.

BRIEFS

IACMI receives $1.5M DOE grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has named the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI – The Composites Institute, to develop and deploy new technologies for manufacturing coal-derived products using coal resources near distressed South Appalachian coal communities.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

5 fully loaded cars worth the extra expense

The average transaction price for new vehicles has been steadily rising over the past few years, jumping to $40,545 in April, a 3% increase from the prior year, Edmunds data shows. Some of this jump can be chalked up to people buying pricier trucks and SUVs, but another part of the story is their desire to get all the “bells and whistles,” often found on the top trim levels.

CAREER CORNER

Job offers are like buses; don’t take express to bad gig

The headline of this week’s column might sound a bit confusing. It comes from one of my own mentors.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Compass founder shares business lessons learned

Everything you know, you learned from Mom. And Dad. And Grandma, Grandpa, six cousins, three playmates, a neighbor, 31 teachers, a coach somewhere along the line, your spouse and a kid or two.

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