Bananas was a great word to describe this episode: that Spratt!
Wow, there was quite a bit of drama to absorb this week on Downton; I am sorry to have to spoil the fun, but there is only one episode left of Downton Abbey. It is the traditional extended Christmas Special that we have come to love over the years, but this one will be bittersweet. Mark your calendars (or keep tabs on the countdown clock at right) and bring out the good silverware, the finale is March 6, 2016. It also happens to be a couple days after my birthday, so thanks PBS for making my year. Be sure use my handy index to help plan your own fabulous finale party.
In keeping with tradition, I will continue to share one recipe from each episode as my love letter to the Downton kitchen staff and to those fans who love the food on the show. This week’s recipe is a mashup of two story lines. The Crawleys saved Mrs. Patmore’s Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon tea, so I knew we would be baking something for tea. We already have a delicious scone recipe, so I thought traditional CornishBanana Cake would be appropriate, considering “banana” was used as a code word at the magazine. If you are looking for a more health conscious banana recipe, there is always my fabulous banana breads.
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Attention Millennial Parents and Grandparents – Want to do something special for your millennial-aged young person? As we approach tax time, you are familiar with the benefits of retirement savings for yourself and your spouse. Savings for retirement defers the taxes you will pay, and in some cases, like with a Roth IRA, you can avoid paying any additional taxes on the money you invest as well as all future earnings.
Well, the same works for your millennial children or grandchildren. After all, they have their entire lives ahead of them. A twenty-something individual has at least 40+ years until they are of retirement age. Who is better suited for benefitting from growth over time?
Say for example you have a grandson who is nineteen years old in their second year of college we’ll call him Nathan.
Nathan is in his second year of college, and works part time earning about $8500 a year. Did you know that Nathan is eligible for a Roth IRA up to $5500 for the (2016) year? Well, the odds are that Nathan himself can’t afford to invest in his Roth IRA at all, after all, he’s a college student and he needs all the extra spending money he can earn. But his parents or grandparents can help him by gifting him the funds.
“We starting doing this with our granddaughter Jessica”, said Maggie S. of Fort Lauderdale, FL, “when she was 17 years old, she worked part-time and earned like under $5000 for the year. We sat down and talked with her about the incredible benefits of compounding interest and dividends and we told her we would do this for her as long as she agreed to not touch the money until she is at least 65. We even had her sign a letter agreeing to this. Now for the last three years, we have deposited between two and three thousand a year in a Roth IRA. We have it invested in a low-cost total stock market index fund.”
If you want to create a real legacy with long-term benefits, getting your millennially-aged kids into Roth IRA’s at an early age can be huge. For example, if for five years, you invest $2000 each year into a Roth IRA, starting when they graduate from high school – here is an example of the potential long-term growth of this very small initial $10,000 investment.
$10,000 investment’s potential growth over 45 years with all dividends and interest reinvested:
Warren Buffet was recently asked, with his vast wealth of investing knowledge, how would he invest for retirement. He stated that he would keep it very simple. Invest 90% in a low-cost S&P 500 Stock Index Fund and 10% keep in cash or short-term government bonds. You can read his comments by CLICKING HERE
So, keeping it simple, with all the market ups and downs, what has been the historical yearly rate of return of the total stock market since 1966? 11.79%