Happy Thursday, MarketWatchers. Here are some of the day’s top stories.
These 5 charts show how expensive it is to raise children today
How some of the $233,610 spent on average on child costs from birth until 17 (that’s before college) breaks down.
These housing markets are going to the dogs, in a good way
Dog parks don’t just contribute to well-being of two- and four-legged residents, they may also help boost property values in communities that host them.
1 million reasons to avoid private school
Sam Dogen of the Financial Samurai asked his readers Thursday if they’d take $1 million to attend — or send their kids to — public school over private school. Understandably, about 90% said, “absolutely!”
College students are secretly mining bitcoin in their dorms: ‘On room check days, I have to put a blanket over it’
Free electricity makes it a lucrative venture for students.
3 women leaders in investing you should know
Prominent women at some of the world’s largest investment services companies share what they’ve learned.
These are the best side hustles
The gig economy continues to grow and there are more options than ever. Here is a list of some of the best.
Why Democrats are warming up to red-state staple Walmart
The company’s recent public stances could be souring its perception with some shoppers.
Selling your home? This is exactly when you should put it on the market
Listing a home at the wrong time can have serious consequences for the seller.
Mile-high workouts and sleeping pods could come to new Qantas jet ‘cargo class’
The chief executive officer of the Australian airline suggested using cargo storage for in-flight gyms.
Mega Millions is now over half a billion dollars, so what time is the drawing?
There hasn’t been a Mega Millions jackpot winner since January.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Advertisers take Parkland survivor David Hogg up on boycott call after Fox News host Laura Ingraham calls him ‘whiny’
The outspoken survivor of the Parkland school shooting, has a 4.2 GPA and a 1270 SAT score. Good enough, he thought, to get accepted by some of his target University of California schools. It wasn’t. And Ingraham chimed in on his reaction.
Mortgage rates tick down as investors rotate back to the bond market
Rates for home loans fell slightly, spurred by investor concerns about stocks and global trade that helped trounce bond yields.
‘Leave’ backer with a year to go to Brexit: ‘I am never going to vote again’
As of Thursday, there is now exactly one year to go before Brits actually leave the European Union. So how is Brexit going? One voter who backed leaving the EU expressed his frustrations in a succinct way.
Don’t trade the tweets: Why Amazon investors can ignore Trump’s ‘concerns’
Pay no attention to the president’s company-focused Twitter rants, experts say.