Archive for December 2016

Inflation: Influences and Impacts

  When prices rise across the board, people tend to “hunker down,” eat more meals at home, shop less, spend less and cut back. However, inflation rate increases have impacted various areas of the economy in different ways,1 and consumer spending has been up and down in recent months as well.2 As interest rates hold…

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Helping You Find Financial Confidence in Uncertain Times

  In a lot of aspects, these are uncertain times. We don’t know what new policies will be introduced following the presidential election. We don’t know how much interest rates and inflation will change in the future. We don’t know how the markets will respond. Many people approaching retirement have yet to determine an age…

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Retirement Matters

If you’re wondering how much of a Social Security payout you may receive, one number to keep in mind is 35. Your benefit is based on your 35 highest years of earnings. If you work less than 35 years, the calculation uses zero for your annual income in the years you’re short. Here is an…

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Perks of Growing Older

Getting older has its perks — from potential tax breaks to everyday discounts. It’s like turning 21 and getting carded all over again. Only now, in some ways, the older you are the more you may be able to save. If you’re closing in on retirement, you may be in position to start saving more…

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