Tis the Season

The period between Thanksgiving and the end-of-year holiday season would seen like a sleepy time for financial planners, but in fact it is anything but.  You might be surprised at how much activity takes place on behalf of you and your investments in the final month of the year.

For instance?  Even though this has been […]

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The Antisocial Side of Social Media

Have you ever wondered whether social media was having a positive or negative impact on our mental well-being?  The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a warning about the negative effects of social media on young kids and teens, and of course it mentions cyber-bullying.  But it notes that the same risks may be true […]

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Multiplying Disasters?

Does it seem to you that America is experiencing more than its share of natural disasters, and that there are more extreme weather events happening today than ever before?  Turns out you’re right.  Since 1970, the number of major storms, floods, earthquakes and heatwaves that cause at least ten deaths or prompt the declaration of […]

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“Bearing” In Mind

One of the oddities of a significant bull market—and this one we’re in today qualifies, as the second-longest in modern American history—is that they tend to go on longer than you might expect from the pure market fundamentals. The last leg of a bull market tends to be driven by psychology; people have recently experienced […]

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I Still Have Money Left in my FSA. How Should I Spend It?

Health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are a great way for individuals to pay qualified medical and dental expenses using pre-tax dollars. While IRS rules do allow employers to offer either a carryover or grace period option for money left over in flexible spending accounts, many employer FSA plans still have provisions that don’t allow for […]

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How Can My Employer Help Pay For My Education?

Are you planning to go back to school but not sure how you’ll pay for it? If you’re currently employed, a good starting point is to find out whether any employer-provided education benefits are available to you.

Tuition reimbursement benefits vary depending on the company. Some employers might cover the full cost of tuition, whereas others […]

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What is Cyber Insurance and Should Your Business Have It?

Does your company use electronic data? Does it store or communicate potentially sensitive information about customers, employees, or competitors? If so, then a breach of that data could cost your company plenty. Some well-known organizations have experienced data breaches, including WalMart, JP Morgan Chase, Yahoo, eBay, Target, the IRS, and, more recently, Equifax. Unfortunately, just […]

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Demographic Dilemma: Is America’s Aging Population Slowing Down the Economy?

It’s no secret that the demographic profile of the United States is growing older at a rapid pace. While the U.S. population is projected to grow just 8% between 2015 and 2025, the number of older Americans ages 70 to 84 will skyrocket 50%.1

With roughly 75 million members, baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) […]

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Nonprofit Board Membership: A Primer

If you’re looking for creative ways to “give back” to your community or society at large, consider joining a nonprofit board of directors. But where do you begin?

Assess your passions
“Passion for mission” is the most important criterion when recruiting board members.1 Are you an animal lover or concerned about children’s health? Do you currently support youth […]

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The Economic Myth-Destroyer Gets His Due

Imagine a person who always, in every circumstance, makes rational decisions with his money.  He saves when he ought to and spends exactly as he should spend, in order to maximize the “utility” of whatever wealth he happens to possess.  He defers gratification with ease.  When he invests, he has instant and total access to […]

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