The Supreme Court on May 14 struck down a 25-year federal ban on sports betting outside of Nevada. The big question on many minds – particular state officials and companies like MGM Resorts and DraftKings looking to cash in – is how much money is at stake. Many of the articles on the decision cite the same eye-popping figure: Americans wager an estimated US$150 billion in illegal sports bets every year. Continue reading
Not unexpectedly, U.S. savings rates are also quite low as individuals ask themselves: “Why save a lot of money at a bank if I get no return?”
Individuals who don’t save face spending their golden years of retirement in poverty, instead of plenty. In addition, people with no savings face financial problems and potential ruin when unexpected large expenses occur and cannot help out their children with large bills like college or a down payment on a first home.
In the absence of a rapid increase in interest rates, which appears unlikely, is there anything we can do to change this problem and get people to save more?
As odd as it may sound, gambling could be part of the answer. Continue reading