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Keeping an Eye on Interest Rates

Keeping an Eye on Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve and the monetary policy it pursues is always a matter of interest to investors. The level of intrigue has been particularly acute this year because of growing…

Seven Essential Things You Need to Know About Social Security

Seven Essential Things You Need to Know About Social Security

As more baby boomers reach retirement age, they’re realizing the valuable role Social Security will play as a source of lifetime income. Claiming Social Security benefits can be far more…

Three Keys to Strengthening Your Financial Resolve

Three Keys to Strengthening Your Financial Resolve

It takes a lot of practice (and willingness) to become a champion of responsible spending and saving to meet your long-term goals. If you’re a bit out of shape in…

Managing Your Taxes in 2015

Managing Your Taxes in 2015

There’s one thing you can count on as we kick off a new year—changes to the tax code. While there are few major new laws affecting taxpayers in 2015, it…

6 Tips for Spending Wisely This Holiday Season

6 Tips for Spending Wisely This Holiday Season

When holiday music is piped into malls and festive themes accompany some hard-to-miss sales, it’s no wonder people are compelled to overspend during the holidays. Here are six helpful tips…

Considering Healthcare Costs in Retiring

Considering Healthcare Costs in Retiring

With all the uncertainties of the future, it’s difficult for people to know exactly how much to save for retirement. While it may be relatively easy to gauge how much…

What Does an Unstable World Mean for the Markets?

What Does an Unstable World Mean for the Markets?

The past few months have seen a number of troubling situations develop around the world. Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict has continued, and recently airstrikes began against the Islamic…

Spend or Invest? New Thoughts on an Age-old Dilemma

Spend or Invest? New Thoughts on an  Age-old Dilemma

A familiar experience for many Americans is that as fast as money comes in, it goes out the door again in pursuit of the next “must have” purchase. Such spending…

Adjusting Your Money Mindset

Adjusting Your Money Mindset

Money is a powerful force in our lives. We’re required to think about money—how much we have, how much we want, how to get more of it— on a regular…

Lending Money to Family Members—Is It Ever a Good Idea?

Lending Money to Family Members—Is It Ever a Good Idea?

It’s harder than ever for young adults to save and get ahead in our current economy. Modest incomes and college loans make it tough to assemble enough cash to purchase…

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