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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.

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EVENTS

Musicians Corner. This annual free concert series in Centennial Park features live music, food vendors, local artisans, a children’s area and Musicians Corner Pub. Friday: 5-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-6 p.m. Free, family and dog friendly. Information

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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.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Sellers cashing out, heading to lakes, beaches, mountains

Where have all the sellers gone? Long time passing. Actually, it’s a fairly recent phenomenon that has large numbers of Middle Tennesseans cashing out of the real estate frenzy and going far, far away to work remotely.

REAL ESTATE

Many Americans moved to less pricey housing markets in 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many Americans who moved last year relocated to areas where homes were, on average, bigger and less expensive.

Davidson County real estate trends for May 2021

May 2021 real estate trends for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Davidson County residential sales for May 2021

Top residential real estate sales, May 2021, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US average mortgage rates tick lower; 30-year loan at 2.96%

Mortgage rates remained near historic lows this week. The benchmark 30-year home loan held below the 3% mark amid further signs of the economy's recovery from the pandemic recession.

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

Bass names Blackshear to executive committee

Bass, Berry & Sims has appointed Lillian M. Blackshear from the firm’s Nashville office to its executive committee.

BRIEFS

Engel & Völkers partners with Pareto

Engel & Völkers Nashville has partnered with Pareto Realty and will collectively do business under the Engel & Völkers name. Led by license partner Neal Clayton, this announcement adds 18 real estate advisers to Engel & Völkers Nashville, expanding its real estate service into Williamson County.

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.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vandy wins pitchers' duel to begin Nashville Super Regional

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kumar Rocker struck out 11 in 7 2/3 innings, while allowing just three hits, and Vanderbilt held off East Carolina 2-0 on Friday to begin a best-of-three series in the Nashville Super Regional.

SPORTS

Play ball: Things to know about NCAA super regionals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Super regionals are the next stop on the NCAA baseball tournament's Road to Omaha.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Jones says 'stay tuned' as he proves he's still fast, strong

NASHVILLE (AP) — Julio Jones turned 32 in February, missed seven games with a nagging hamstring issue in his 10th year in the NFL and now finds himself with a new team in the Tennessee Titans.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee approves comprehensive litter study

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations voted Wednesday to begin a comprehensive study of litter pollution in the state.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM to recall some 2021 cars for faulty air bag warning light

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency approved a request by General Motors to recall four 2021 vehicle makes due to a malfunctioning air bag warning light.

RELIGION

Racial tensions simmer as Southern Baptists hold key meeting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic racism may prove pivotal for some Black pastors as they decide whether to stay in the denomination or leave.

Secret recordings show Southern Baptist dispute on sex abuse

NASHVILLE (AP) — Releases of leaked letters and secret recordings from within the Southern Baptist Convention intensified Thursday as critics sought to show top leaders were slow to address sexual abuse in the nation's largest Protestant denomination and worried more about its reputation and donations than about victims.

ENVIRONMENT

Energy Secretary says US wants 'responsible' lithium mining

NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said the Biden administration wants to see lithium needed for electric cars to be mined "in a responsible way" that respects the environment and Native American tribes.

MEDIA

End of an era: American will drop its in-flight magazine

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — After more than half a century in airplane seatback pockets, the American Airlines in-flight magazine American Way is going away.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom

In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated.

G-7 nations gather to pledge 1B vaccine doses for world

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are set to commit at their summit to sharing at least 1 billion coronavirus shots with struggling countries around the world — half the doses coming from the U.S. and 100 million from the U.K.

China's children may be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — If China is to meet its tentative goal of vaccinating 80% of its population against the coronavirus by the end of the year, tens of millions of children may have to start rolling up their sleeves.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks notch modest gains; 3rd winning week for S&P 500

Stocks shook off a wobbly day of trading and ended modestly higher on Wall Street, giving the S&P 500 its third weekly gain in a row.

EXPLAINER: Curbing tax avoidance by multinational companies

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — How can governments keep multinational companies from avoiding taxes by shifting profits to subsidiaries in low-tax countries?

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden to return diverted border wall money, spend down rest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's signature border wall project would lose much of its funding as well as the fast-track status that enabled it to bypass environmental regulations under a Biden administration plan announced Friday.

Senators eye $579B in new infrastructure spending, $1T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is eyeing an infrastructure deal with $579 billion in new spending as negotiators try to strike a nearly $1 trillion deal on President Joe Biden's top priority, according to those briefed on the plan.

Lucky number: Biden is 13th US president to meet the queen

LONDON (AP) — Imagine trying to make an impression on someone who's met, well, almost everyone.

Congress, Justice Dept. probing Trump seizures of Dems' data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog launched an investigation Friday after revelations that former President Donald Trump's administration secretly seized phone data from at least two House Democrats as part of an aggressive leaks probe. Democrats called the seizures a "shocking" abuse of power.


THURSDAY, JUNE 10
VANDERBILT SPORTS

Young Vanderbilt squad not the same team that won 2019 title

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores are two wins away from returning to the College World Series and the chance to bookend the coronavirus pandemic with national championships.

SPORTS

College Football Playoff considering expansion to 12 teams

The College Football Playoff announced Thursday that it will consider expanding from four to 12 teams to settle the national championship, with six spots reserved for the highest-ranked conference champions and the other six going to at-large selections.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Underwood wins at CMT Awards; Gladys Knight, H.E.R. perform

NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood has another reason to rejoice — she extended her record as the most decorated artist in the history of the CMT Music Awards, thanks to her song "Hallelujah."

List of winners at the 2021 CMT Music Awards

A list of winners at the 2021 CMT Music Awards, held Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

COURTS

Judge Lyle won't seek reelection

NASHVILLE (AP) — A longtime Tennessee judge who drew backlash from Republican officials for ordering an expansion of absentee voting during the COVID-19 pandemic won't seek reelection next year, saying it's a decision she made before GOP lawmakers unsuccessfully tried to remove her from office early this year.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Wife of late Tennessee lawmaker appointed to his seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — The wife of a Tennessee lawmaker who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer is taking his place ahead of a special election to fill his seat.

WEST TENNESSEE

County order further reduces mask restrictions in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — Health officials in Tennessee's most populous county are lifting most existing face mask usage requirements enacted as precautions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM delivers affordable luxury with new IMSA Corvette Stingray

DETROIT (AP) — What would you splurge on if you won the lottery? Most people have a dream car or two on their list, but alas, most people never win the lottery.

Culture of Corruption: ex-UAW leader gets 28-month sentence

DETROIT (AP) — He plotted to steal up to $1.5 million in union dues, and the money he diverted was spent on golf clubs, vacation homes, booze and lavish meals, fostering a culture of corruption within the United Auto Workers union.

MEDIA

Russia fines Facebook, Telegram over banned content

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Thursday ordered Facebook and the messaging app Telegram to pay steep fines for failing to remove banned content, a move that could be part of growing government efforts to tighten control over social media platforms amid political dissent.

China says US revoking of China apps ban a 'positive step'

BEIJING (AP) — China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration's executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a "positive step," amid strained relations between the two countries.

TECHNOLOGY

Own an Echo? Amazon may be helping itself to your bandwidth

NEW YORK (AP) — Do you own an Amazon smart device? If so, odds are good that the company is already sharing your internet connection with your neighbors unless you've specifically told it not to.

HEALTH CARE

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer's drug could reach $11,500

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer's drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Wednesday.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

New federal COVID-19 safety rules exempt most employers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration has exempted most employers from long-awaited rules for protecting workers from the coronavirus, angering labor advocates who have spent more than a year lobbying for the protections.

US extends expiration dates for J&J COVID vaccine by 6 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that U.S. regulators extended the expiration date on millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by six weeks.

Sales pitch summer? Dems aim to showcase virus relief effort

MAIDENS, Va. (AP) — When Sherry Brockenbrough and her family opened a distillery on a leafy vista overlooking the James River on March 5, 2020, the coronavirus still seemed like a distant threat.

Asia welcomes US vaccine donations amid cold storage worries

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials and experts in Asia have welcomed U.S. plans to share 500 million more doses of the Pfizer vaccine with the developing world, but some say it would take more than donations alone to address huge vaccination gaps that threaten to prolong the pandemic.

Germany starts rolling out a digital EU vaccination pass

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Thursday started rolling out a digital vaccination pass that can be used across Europe as the continent is gets ready for the key summer travel season.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end higher, erasing weekly loss for the S&P 500

Stocks closed higher Thursday, bringing the S&P 500 index to another record high and out of the red for the week.

US budget deficit for current year hits record $2.1 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit hit a record $2.06 trillion through the first eight months of this budget year as coronavirus relief programs drove spending to all-time highs.

Wray: FBI frowns on ransomware payments despite recent trend

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's director told lawmakers Thursday that the bureau discourages ransomware payments to hacking groups even as major companies in the past month have participated in multimillion-dollar transactions aimed at getting their systems back online.

Stores expect strong sales as children return to classrooms

NEW YORK (AP) — As more children go back to the physical classroom, families are expected to spend robustly on a wide range of items, particularly trendy clothing like cropped tops, for the critical back-to-school season, according to one key spending measure.

US unemployment claims fall to 376,000, sixth consecutive drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the sixth straight week as the U.S. economy, held back for months by the coronavirus pandemic, reopens rapidly.

Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on US consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers absorbed another surge in prices in May — a 0.6% increase over April and 5% over the past year, the biggest 12-month inflation spike since 2008.

Bruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for more

NEW YORK (AP) — After feeling the thrill of victory early this year by singlehandedly causing GameStop's stock to soar — only to get crushed when it quickly crashed back to earth — armies of smaller-pocketed and novice investors are back for more.

Europe leaves stimulus running hot ahead of recovery

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank left its key pandemic support for the economy running full blast even as the economy shows signs of recovery thanks to lower virus cases and fewer restrictions on activity in the 19 countries that use the euro currency.

EU vows a firm response as Brexit tensions rise anew

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials vowed Thursday to use all measures available to ensure that the United Kingdom respects the terms of its Brexit agreement with the bloc as tensions rise over trade involving Northern Ireland.

Meat company JBS confirms it paid $11M ransom in cyberattack

The world's largest meat processing company says it paid the equivalent of $11 million to hackers who broke into its computer system late last month.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

For infrastructure deal, Biden eyes 'multiple paths forward'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pursuing "multiple paths forward" as he looks to muscle his big infrastructure package through Congress — dialing up lawmakers from both parties in search of a bipartisan deal while imploring Democrats to be ready to go it alone if necessary.

The new guy? Biden debuts at democracy's most exclusive club

WASHINGTON (AP) — Angela, Boris, Emmanuel, Justin, Mario, Yoshihide and a relative newcomer: Joe.

Homicides are up, but GOP misleads with claims about blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — "SKYROCKETING MURDER RATES," claimed the National Fraternal Order of Police. "An explosion of violent crime," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Democrat-run cities across the country who cut funding for police have seen increases in crime," tweeted U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

Biden embraces a Trump policy in backing Arab-Israeli deals

The Biden administration is laying the groundwork for a renewed push to encourage more Arab countries to sign accords with Israel and working to strengthen existing deals after last month's devastating war in the Gaza Strip interrupted those diplomatic efforts.

McGahn: Effort to get Mueller fired was 'point of no return'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House counsel Don McGahn told lawmakers in a closed-door interview last week that he regarded President Donald Trump's effort to have special counsel Robert Mueller fired as "a point of no return" for the administration if carried out.

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