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What’s New in Banking

Nearly a quarter of the adult U.S. population is “underbanked.” This means they don’t regularly use a bank (or a bank’s mobile/online capabilities) to deposit checks and pay bills. That’s about 55 million people ostensibly living from cashed paycheck to cashed paycheck.1 When these underbanked people cash their paychecks for immediate funds to buy groceries…

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Fingerprint, Retina Scans Not Just for James Bond Anymore

Most people using the internet to shop, conduct financial transactions or read firewall-protected content are likely familiar with the aggravation of maintaining passwords. Worse yet, tech experts now say conventional password security is only a marginal defense against hacking.1 We are now entering a new age in electronic security for the average user — one…

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Economic Perils and Opportunities of Extreme Weather

While the causes of climate change may be for up for debate, its impact on our economy and potential adjustments to business models are not. For example, rampant coastal flooding in South Florida has prompted at least one research institute to predict insurers will stop offering homeowners policies in the region. As a result, the…

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Transparency in Health Care: Pros and Cons

In July, the Trump administration proposed an initiative requiring greater transparency in health care pricing. Specifically, the proposal would require hospitals to publish prices negotiated with insurers for individual services. However, studies have shown that consumers seldom use this type of information to shop for lower prices, presumably because their insurance pays for a large…

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Clean Living

We frequently hear about the various effects of climate change and how they can be mitigated. It often feels as though households and companies must make significant sacrifices to undo a lot of the damage that’s been done. However, there also are many positive benefits that can come from making certain changes, both locally and…

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Heath Care in America: Overhaul or Tweak?

As we head into the election year, health care continues to be one of the driving political issues. The wide array of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have so far proposed several new health care plan variations. But is there a one-size-fits-all solution for health care in America? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)…

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Social Security: Facts and Tidbits

The Social Security Administration issues about 5.5 million new cards each year. Social Security numbers go out of use when their owners pass away and are never reused. Also, the first three digits of the Social Security number reflect the application location for your first card.1 Here’s another interesting tidbit: You can apply to have…

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Affordable housing a challenge for many Americans

If you live in or have recently visited one of America’s larger cities, you may have noticed that the homeless problem has grown in recent years. A 2018 analysis by real estate data company Zillow showed that while the level of homelessness has declined nationally — down 13 percent over the past eight years, according…

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Upcoming Changes for Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

A Medicare supplement insurance plan, also known as a Medigap or Med Supp plan, is purchased in combination with original Medicare to help pay out-of-pocket costs not covered by original Medicare. As of Dec. 31, 2018, nearly 13.6 million people were covered by Med Supp plans, representing nearly a 4% increase from the previous year.…

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The Millennial Effect

Recessions have consequences, and the Great Recession of 2008 may have produced one of the most influential consequences of all: the millennial mindset. Because of their early experiences in the “real world,” this generation is poised to have long-term significance — comparable to baby boomers — in work, play and politics. If you think boomers…

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