5 reasons to grab the middle seat on a flight. Seriously.

It has its perks

For some people, the middle seat isn’t a curse to avoid, but a perk to covet.

Ralphiee Esperas, a 30-year-old Phoenix resident who works in marketing, says his love affair with middle seats started a couple of years ago on a flight from Phoenix to Iowa, when he found himself in the middle seat on an evening flight. After striking up a conversation with the woman on his right, whom he recalls as being in her 60s, he offered to buy her a drink.

Hong Kong stocks tips into bear market as gambling shares crumble

Domestic stocks get a boost in Japan, handing Nikkei a gain

Asian stock markets largely fell Tuesday, with the downdraft pushing Hong Kong into a bear market.

The region mostly slumped, with only Japan breaking the pattern, even after the S&P 500 SPX, +0.19% and Nasdaq COMP, +0.27% snapped a four-session losing streak and the White House announced a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was in the works.

Europe stocks struggle, with FTSE 100 dragged by pound strength

Amer Sports Oyj surges on deal talk

European stocks struggled for traction on Tuesday, with weakness notable for the FTSE 100 as Brexit-deal hopes continued to push the British pound higher.

What are markets doing?
The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -0.28% was flat at 375.66, after a gain of 0.4% on Monday. The index dropped 2.2% last week, and is down nearly 3.5% year-to-date.

Applying for college financial aid is finally going to be easier

The new app could boost the number of students who get aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is notoriously difficult. With over 100 questions about detailed family financial history, it has consistently low completion rates. In fact, only three out of five high-school seniors complete the application and one out of seven students eligible for financial aid, who enroll in college, do not complete the application. Completion rates haven’t gotten much better with time either. In 2017, 60.6% of graduates completed the form and in 2018, 60.9% of graduates completed the form, a disappointingly low improvement percentage.

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