#23- Women Score Higher Than Men On IQ Tests
Women’s IQ scores trailed men’s when the test were first administered 100 years ago. The reason is either that more women now have the education opportunities necessary to perform well on the test or that the multitasking modern life demands of women has caused them to perform better on the test.
Homeowner’s insurance. Basic coverage for your home and everything in it. The average cost is $636 per year but this varies widely by state.
Liability coverage. Protects you from a lawsuit if someone gets hurt on your property. For about $300 a year you can by a typical $1 million policy.
Various disaster insurance policies. Optional policies cover flood, earthquake, and hurricane damage. As part of your home financial plan, you have to research to see what disaster coverage, if any, you need in your area, and what your standard policy already covers. For $540 a year you can buy flood insurance in every state but Louisiana of course,
Don’t under- or overbuy insurance: For your basic policy, get homeowners insurance with full replacement coverage in case your house burns to the ground. Remember that you own a house as well as the land on which it sits. So even though you bought your home for $300,000, it may cost only $100,000 to rebuild it. Your policy limits should reflect this. This difference will vary widely by region and state. Don’t think that because your home has fallen in value you need less insurance. If you bought a $1.2 million townhouse in Florida during the boom, it’s true it now may only sell for $600,000. But the replacement cost of the townhouse hasn’t changed much, so you can’t improve your home financial plan by cutting insurance costs that way.
Other ways to cut your insurance budget: If you make structural improvements, such as adding storm shutters, your insurer may give you a break. and if you belong to certain groups, such as AARP or veterans’ organizations, your premiums may be lower.
Your home is probably your biggest investment. To manage it, create a financial plan that takes into account repairs, upgrades, mortgages, insurance, and taxes. Your mortgage: Paying a little extra each month can add up to an earlier payoff. Let’s say you have $200,000 in outstanding principal and a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage at 5%. Your monthly payment is $1,319.91. But if you can manage to pay another $100 a month, you’ll save $14,887 in interest.
#24- Women Own The Roads
A University of Michigan study found that for the first time, women hold the majority of driver’s licenses in the U.S. Why does this matter? This mean safer roads. According to NBC News, a 2011 Metlife study showed that men get reckless driving tickets far more often than women and die in accidents 50% more. The Michigan researchers also concluded that women are more likely to buy smaller, safer, more fuel-efficient cars than men, Autoblog.com reported.
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Maybe it was because of the audacity of gang members posting YouTube videos in which they flashed wads of cash and guns. The sight of police brandishing automatic weapons, standing watch outside gang funerals: “13 people shot in Chicago in 30-minute period.” It was alarming enough for President Barack Obama to mention it during the election campaign, noting murders near his South Side home. Then, addressing gun violence in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, he cited Chicago again. As grim as it is, Chicago’s murder rate was almost double in the early 1990s — averaging around 900 — before violent crime began dropping in cities across America. This year’s increase, though, is a sharp contrast to New York, where homicides fell 21 percent from 2011, as of early December.
Up to 80 percent of Chicago’s murders and shootings are gang-related, according to police. By one estimate, the city has almost 70,000 gang members. A police audit last spring identified 59 gangs and 625 factions; most are on the South and West sides. (Click the pic or the text above to read more on The Grio)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. Her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours including other issues associated with her concussion.