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Financial Strategies in 2018

One philosophy of investing, as opined by Warren Buffett, is to be “fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”1 The nation’s eight-year bull market, however, has tested that philosophy. Most market analysts would agree that it was more important to be in the market and taking advantage of gains than to be…

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Women’s Issues and Retirement

In 2017, women organized and made headway toward real change, making it a hallmark year for women’s issues. The year started with the Women’s March in January and ended with the #MeToo movement spreading across the globe.1 In addition, record numbers of women considered running for public office.2 The thing is, many of the factors…

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A Look at the Potential Effects of Tax Reform

The tax overhaul legislation that was passed in December has been billed as a means to streamline tax filings at both the individual and corporate level.1 We certainly could use it. According to the IRS, Americans spend a total of 6.6 billion hours a year filling out tax forms.2 While simplifying taxes is a good thing,…

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Finding Neutral Ground on the Internet Rights Debate

It can be confusing when government bureaucrats and the media offer wildly different perspectives on the intent and ramifications of a new controversial policy. This was plainly evident in December regarding the issue of net neutrality. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the new “Restoring Internet Freedom Order”1 is meant to: Reverse the previous…

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The Cost of Health Care

Americans spend a lot on health care. In 2016, national health expenditures grew 4.3 percent to $3.3 trillion, which amounts to $10,348 per person.1 It’s interesting that you’ll find few people who say our health care system is fine as is, and medical services, facilities, drugs and equipment are all reasonably priced. However, there is…

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Second Marriages: Financial Finesse

Of all the questions we ask a potential spouse before tying the knot, they seldom include:   “Who are the beneficiaries of your investment plans and insurance policies?” “Do you wish to be resuscitated if your heart stops or if you stop breathing?” “Do you want your ex or me to be guardian for your…

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Amtrak Discounts for Seniors

For travelers 65 and older, Amtrak offers a 10 percent discount on the lowest available fare for most rail routes. If you’re looking to travel by train over the border to Canada, the senior discount is 10 percent for travelers age 60 and over, courtesy of a joint agreement between Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.…

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How Losing Sleep Could Translate to a Loss of Money

Some teenagers seem to sleep a lot. As parents and grandparents, we can find this rather aggravating. But the fact is, as we get older, our sleep patterns may change, and our sleep can be less restful.1 Perhaps it’s a good idea to let young people sleep in peace while they still can.   Scientists…

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Why It’s Important to Care for the Caregivers

If you picture yourself receiving long-term care at some point, you likely envision a medical professional sitting bedside, tending to your needs. However, the bulk of long-term care in the U.S. is actually provided by family caregivers.1   According to a recent Merrill Lynch study, 20 million Americans become caregivers each year. Moreover, family caregivers…

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