No, not 100 shares of some speculative no-name foreign company, and not a short squeeze of an illiquid high-flier. Let's talk about picking up the cost of something that could haunt you or someone you really care about for the rest of your lives ... and then continuing to affect others over time, much like a stone splash creating a ripple in a pool of still water. Can any $357 investment really be that bad?
Thirty-seven years ago today (January 23, 1973) the U.S. Supreme Court released two decisions known as Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, which collectively legalized abortions within the United States. Since that time, approximately 48 million abortions have been performed in these 50 states. The average cost of an abortion? $372.
With each passing year, more and more (if not all) of us Fools invest and plan for retirement (along with private and/or college education for our kids, the financial security of our spouse, and perhaps medical expenses of our parents and grandparents). I've recently come upon a twenty-plus page booklet titled Rethinking Retirement (.pdf) that I can commend to anyone over 40 years of age. [more]