A magical kingdom called Pepperland was the backdrop for the plot that hatched the Beatles’ hit tune “Yellow Submarine” in 1968. Contrary to popular belief, this song has nothing to do with life in North Louisiana during Spring and pollen season.
For the past two weeks, we have all lived in or driven a yellow submarine here on the tree-laden hillside of God’s country. Elanor Rigby and Sgt. Pepper would both be right at home.
No pain, no gain. The transformation from the dull colors and barrenness of winter, to the lush greens and pastels of April are not without costs.
You may not see it posted on your calendar, but Oct. 16 – 22 is National Save for Retirement Week. This annual event, endorsed by Congress, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement — so you may want to take some time this week to review your own strategy for achieving the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.
If you’re not convinced of the need for an event such as National Save for Retirement Week, just consider these statistics, taken from the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey:
Next week, we observe the Fourth of July with sparklers, picnics and parades. And living in a country that offers so much freedom, we have a lot to celebrate. But on a more personal level, you may still be working toward another type of independence — financial independence. What can you do to speed your progress toward this goal?