The Power of a Healthy Mind

Can having your mind in the right place improve your health? It can’t hurt. We’re living longer, but we aren’t always prepared for what lies ahead. It’s easy to become disillusioned as new aches and pains crop up or our body doesn’t work like it used to. But just as we exercise and eat right…

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Protect Yourself from Scams, Hacks and Breaches

According to a telecommunications study of 50 billion telephone calls over an 18-month period, nearly four percent of calls in 2017 were fraudulent. In 2018, that number jumped to 29 percent of all calls. At that pace, the number of fraudulent calls is expected to rise to 44 percent of all calls in 2019.1 You…

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Social Security Updates

  Good news for retirees: Social Security benefits are scheduled to increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the biggest bump since the 3.6 percent increase in 2012.The average beneficiary – who received about $1,405 a month in 2018 – can expect to see just over $39 more each month, or about $468 more over the course…

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New Laws Passed By Congress

Toward the end of 2018, before the midterms, Congress passed a proliferation of bills, many of which were bipartisan. The following is a roundup of recent legislation designed to provide economic stimulus and additional protections heading into 2019. The America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to embark on…

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Real Estate Update

  According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, up to 10 million Americans lost their homes during the last financial crisis. Now, 10 years later, we’re only slightly above 2016’s low of 63 percent home ownership – at about 64 percent as of June 2018.1   While many metropolitan areas have experienced robust…

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Thinking About Downsizing?

When companies face a rough period, they often look to either increase revenues or trim expenses, including reducing overhead costs. You can do the same thing for your personal budget, where reducing expenses can give you the opportunity to increase your savings rate. Though this sometimes can seem easier said than done. Costs have a…

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Millennial Generation Impacts

It’s a tough time to be a young adult. Take the housing market, for example. It’s been fairly locked up since the last recession, when many millennials were still in high school. Now that they have jobs and credit history, it turns out millennials struggle to find a house to buy. In many areas, they…

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The Economy of Aging

As we get older, things change. From food to fitness to fashion choices, we make different decisions as consumers. After many years in adulthood, we tend to accumulate more things — meaning we have more things to fix, maintain and insure. Many folks also have more people in their lives for whom they are responsible.…

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Life Insurance for Retirees

Many people think life insurance is only for young couples. While a life insurance policy is an important vehicle to help protect a young family’s financial future should one parent pass away, that’s not the only time in life when financial protection matters. Older couples can benefit in many ways from maintaining life insurance policies…

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Trade Wars

There’s a never-ending stream of political news these days, but the stock market has remained relatively resilient. The market successfully weathered potential distractions that may have been detrimental in previous years, but that calm may end as as there have been ongoing discussions about tariffs with global trade partners.1   In the past, the presidential…

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