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Nov

World Trade: Is It Just Regulated Politics?

StaThe World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade on a worldwide scale. It is a place for member countries to settle arguments and negotiate trade deals. But what happens when negotiations between two counties go awry, and tariffs continue to apply for long periods? The WTO can only intervene when its

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11
Nov

Is Lowering Interest Rates Good for the Economy and the Markets?

In this article we look at the effect lowering interest rates can have on the economy and the markets. Interest rates can have a positive or a negative effect on the U.S. economy, the stock markets, and your investments. When The Fed changes the Federal Funds Rate (the rate at which banks can borrow money to lend to businesses or

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4
Nov

Social Security 2020: Increasing Taxes, Payments, and the Full Retirement Age

Social Security Retirement benefits are set to increase in 2020- a modest 1.6% increase for the average retired worker that adds an extra $24 per month to their retirement check. Retired couples will see their combined benefits grow to $40 per month. This cost of living (COLA) increase is one of the smallest over the past twenty years and will

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13
Aug

Back To School Financial Guide For 2019

Back To School Financial Guide For 2019 In a recent study conducted by the ‘National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights and Analytics’, it was found that the average American family will spend just south of $700 for back-to-school costs in 2019. Is your child soon to be a college student? The same survey reported you should be ready to spend

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9
Jul

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 3

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 3 What does Summer remind you of? Maybe it’s the feeling of jumping into a cool pool after a day in the summer heat; or maybe it’s the sound of the ice cream truck as you are bolting out the door with whatever change you could get your hands on. From lazy days in air conditioning

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7
Jun

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 2

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 2 The official start of Summer – June 21st – is right around the corner. As we cruise into part two or our Sizzlin’ Summer Series, we will make a splash with the best cities to retire in 2019. Get your Hawaiian shirts on, coolers filled, and beach towels ready, because here come the Top 4

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13
May

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 1

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 1 This last Winter was one for the books. With record snowfall, rain, and cold temperatures, it’s safe to say that most of us are ready for warmer weather. What better way to celebrate the onset of sunshine and warm temps than with a three-part newsletter series to help you enjoy Summer! In this month’s newsletter,

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10
Apr

April is Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month Do you consider yourself financially literate? According to a study by S&P Global, 57% of American adults are financially literate, ranking the U.S. 14th in the world. As a way to increase financial understanding, April is considered Financially Literacy month! Whether you’re a financial guru or consider yourself a newbie, here’s 3 ways to make

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26
Mar

3 Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances

3 Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances With the official start the Spring being March 20th, the entire country can now start shedding layers after a record-breaking winter. Along with spring comes nice temperatures, fresh crisp smells, and most importantly, spring cleaning. Typically, spring cleaning will consist of throwing out or donating unused items, organizing the house and cleaning the

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1
Feb

Your 2019 Financial Calendar

Your 2019 Financial Calendar There are 12 Months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 525,949 minutes in a year. From holidays, to appointments and birthdays, a lot can happen and even more can be forgotten. To help you worry about less and focus on more; here’s 5 important dates you should remember when it comes to planning your financial journey: April 15th

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