Welcome to the latest Financial Friday Round-Up, our weekly column filled with the best things for you to read, watch or listen to regarding finance around the web. Below you will find articles on “halftime” audits, understanding automation, the truth behind inflation, and more.
Kiplinger has teamed up with linebacker Brandon Copeland of the Atlanta Falcons on a campaign encouraging people to check their financial progress on a routine basis, calling it a financial “halftime” audit. This promising initiative ensures people stay on track to meet their financial goals halfway through the year. Check out this article for more information.
Technological advancement affects the business world in almost every way, most drastically with the rise of automation — the transferring of certain jobs from workers to machines. This complex issue has pushed our economy for almost thirty years now, and this informative episode from Planet Money helps us understand where automation may be going from here.
This spring saw inflation jumping to its fastest rate since 2008, though it has slowed down as we enter the summer months. Inflation can be a danger sign to some experts, while others remain calm as they expect the change to be temporary. This handy Business Insider piece helps explain when inflation is actually worrisome and when it’s just a normal part of the economic cycle.
After last year’s travel season was taken from us by a pandemic, those who are safely vaccinated are rightfully itching to get back out and see the world this summer. If you are looking to get out of town and want to save a buck while doing so, check out this Forbes list of the cheapest places to travel in 2021.