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Sep

11

Growth Report – Monday, September 11, 2017

EQUIFAX BREACH MAY IMPACT 44% of AMERICANS Thursday evening, credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed that hackers had raided its databases this spring, accessing the personal information of up to 143 million people. Equifax believes that about 209,000 credit card numbers may have been collected in the process, plus numerous Social Security and driver’s license numbers. […]

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Sep

5

Financial Priorities Young Families Should Address

Wise money moves for parents under 40. As you start a family, you start to think about certain financial matters. Before you became a mom or dad, you may not have thought about them much, but so much changes when you have kids. Parenting presents you with definite, sudden, financial needs to address. By focusing […]

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Sep

5

Growth Report – Monday, September 5, 2017

SEPTEMBER BRINGS A MEDIOCRE JOBS REPORT The Department of Labor’s latest employment snapshot shows payrolls expanding by 156,000 net new jobs in August. This was a retreat from the job gains of 200,000+ reported in both June and July. The headline jobless rate ticked up to 4.4%; the U-6 rate, which factors in the underemployed, […]

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Aug

28

Translating Stock Market Jargon

The meaning behind some of that Wall Street lingo. Have you ever been confused by the jargon used on Wall Street? Perhaps it is time to translate some of those esoteric stock market terms into plain English. Blue chips: This term refers to stocks that have a history of consistently strong dividend payments, issued by […]

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Aug

28

Growth Report – Monday, August 28, 2017

SUMMER SLOWDOWN HITS HOUSING MARKET Low inventory and high prices are taking a toll on existing home sales. They declined 1.3% in July, according to the National Association of Realtors, making a second straight monthly retreat. In the past 12 months, the number of existing homes on the market has shrunk 9.0%, while the median […]

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Aug

21

Cybercurrencies: A Risky Choice

Investors attracted by bitcoin & other altcoins should recognize their downsides. Bitcoin. Ethereum. Litecoin. Ripple. These are just four of the cybercurrencies attracting opportunistic investors today. Are they the next big thing? Or the next big bust? The answer to that question may vary per day, week, month, or year. These altcoins are classified as […]

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Aug

21

Growth Report – Monday, August 21, 2017

RETAIL SALES RISE IMPRESSIVELY In July, they were up 0.6% – the largest monthly increase seen so far in 2017. This gain suggests the economy has gathered momentum in the third quarter. Core retail sales (which do not include food, construction, gas, and auto buying) advanced 0.6% for July as well. The Department of Commerce […]

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Aug

14

Getting (Mentally) Ready to Retire

Even those who have saved millions must prepare for a lifestyle adjustment. A successful retirement is not merely measured in financial terms. Even those who retire with small fortunes can face boredom or depression and the fear of drawing down their savings too fast. How can new retirees try to calm these worries? Two factors […]

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Aug

14

Growth Report – Monday, August 14, 2017

TAME INFLATION PERSISTS Can the Federal Reserve justify another interest rate hike in the second half of 2017? Given weak inflation pressure, maybe not. The central bank has set a 2% yearly inflation target, but the Consumer Price Index rose only 0.1% in July, resulting in a 1.7% year-over-year gain. Core consumer prices rose 0.1% […]

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Aug

7

Which Financial Documents Should You Keep On File?

… and for how long? You might be surprised how many people have financial documents scattered all over the house – on the kitchen table, underneath old newspapers, in the hall closet, in the basement. If this describes your financial “filing system,” you may have a tough time keeping tabs on your financial life. Organization […]

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