Compelling quotes and useful links about personal finance, investing and managing money from the past week.

Here’s how to help the thousands of people affected by the devastating California wildfires. –  NYT

“What’s the most polite and egalitarian way to organize a Friendsgiving? Hands down, potluck-style with dishes and supplies assigned via Google spreadsheet.  As Lizzie A. Post from the Post Institute says, ‘From everything from organizing parties to lending out camping equipment, shared spreadsheets are amazing.’  –  The Atlantic

The average American plans to spend $175.65 on Thanksgiving, according to a recent survey conducted by LendEDU. That’s up from $165.14 last year.  – / LendEDU

“Keeping the holiday joyous and less stressful means keeping a firm rein on our spending. Here’s what we do, as well as smart frugal tips from others” in the Seattle Times

From Japan to Germany, the world economy is looking awfully shaky all of a sudden: Quartz

“Big, healthy balance sheets and reliable and rising dividends also tend to make the highest-yielding dividend stocks in the Dow Jones less volatile than the broader market. Here are the highest-yielding Dow dividend stocks, with yields ranging from just more than 3% to over 5%” via

“The fact that most people regret their saving choices is, in some ways, surprising. Most of the respondents, 84%, felt they’d saved enough to meet their current needs and 53% believed they had enough or “just enough” for their current needs too. And yet their savings was still not high enough to avoid regret and feel secure. The respondents, on average, think there’s a 59% chance they will run out of money and many worry about the viability of Social Security and Medicare.” – Quartz 

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