Current low interest rates have created an environment where the old ideology about mortgages no longer applies. In the past, our financial goals included homeownership free and clear of mortgage debt. We have entered an era where we now suggest you refinance and maintain a mortgage for the rest of your life, or at least to a 30-year mortgage term. I think we all can agree that low mortgage interest rates benefit the homeowners that own a mortgage and qualify for these low rates. Before you start thinking we have lost our minds and there is no way you will attempt to maintain a long-term mortgage, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of holding a mortgage. What was once conveniently saved monthly for you by your bank or lending company is now your responsibility.
While the supermarket world is abuzz with the expansion of Amazon.com into the bricks-and-mortar world of grocery stores with its deal to buy Whole Foods, Kroger (NYSE: KR) executives aren’t concerned and feel they’re in prime position to thrive. That’s what Kroger CFO Mike Schlotman told analysts and investors Wednesday at the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference in Boston. “I actually feel great about it,” Schlotman said of Kroger’s competitive position as the industry is changing. “Something we’re doing continues to resonate with our customer.” Kroger’s market share gain in the first quarter was double its increase in the fourth quarter. Unit growth was nearly double the prior quarter’s increase.
Minor expenses can cause major financial problems. “Millennials are falling victim to common financial vices, such as spending money in coffee shops,” according to a new study by personal-finance site Bankrate.com. The average millennial dines at a restaurant or buys take-out food five times per week and nearly 30% of this age goup say they buy coffee at least three times per week. More than half of millennials (54%) eat out at least three times a week, compared to roughly one-third of Generation X-ers and baby boomers. “Often, it’s the minor, habitual expenses, such as take-out and alcohol, that wreak havoc on your budget,” Sarah Berger, a financial analyst at Bankrate, said. “Preparing meals