What the Increasing National Debt Could Mean

If you’d like to see a snapshot of what’s going on with national debt versus revenue, check out the U.S. Debt Clock.   While there’s a lot moving on one screen, you can take a look at individual blocks to see how much the U.S. takes in via tax revenues compared to what it pays…

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Can Your Portfolio Weather an Economic Storm?

Let’s talk a little about famous last words. On Nov. 8, 2007, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that the U.S. economy did not appear headed for recession. One month later, the Great Recession of the 21st century began.1 So, on Sept. 6 of this year, when Fed Chair Jerome Powell announced that he…

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Biometrics vs. Hackers

Most people using the internet to shop, conduct financial transactions or read firewall-protected content are likely familiar with the aggravation of maintaining passwords. Worse yet, tech experts now say conventional password security is only a marginal defense against hacking.1 We are now entering a new age in electronic security for the average user — one…

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Climate Change and Clean Living

We frequently hear about the various effects of climate change and how they can be mitigated. It often feels as though households and companies must make significant sacrifices to undo a lot of the damage that’s been done. However, there also are many positive benefits that can come from making certain changes, both locally and…

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The Work/Life Balancing Act

Researchers have estimated how much of our lifetime is spent on various activities. For example, based on a lifespan of 80 years, the average person will spend:1   26 years sleeping 7 years trying to get to sleep 13 years at work 8 years watching TV 5 years eating 3 years on social media 3…

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The Millennial Effect

Recessions have consequences, and the Great Recession of 2008 may have produced one of the most influential consequences of all: the millennial mindset. Because of their early experiences in the “real world,” this generation is poised to have long-term significance — comparable to baby boomers — in work, play and politics. If you think boomers…

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Where Is Dad's Money?

Imagine if, sadly, Dad dies or becomes incapacitated. You’re in charge of handling all his financial affairs, from managing his investments to putting income sources in place for Mom. There’s just one problem: He was an old-school guy who never consolidated his assets or set up online accounts. Also, it appears he worked with different…

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Quick Income Ideas

The Federal Reserve recently reported that four out of 10 American adults surveyed said they would struggle to pay for an unexpected expense of $400 or more.1 This revelation goes against the common financial advice urging adults to have three to six months of expenses saved in an accessible account for emergencies.2 Nearly everyone has…

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Why Buy an Annuity When the Market is Up?

Perhaps you are familiar with an annuity. The basic premise is that you convert a lump sum of money into a stream of income. Unlike an investment, once you commit a fixed amount of money to the insurance company, that company is contractually obligated to provide you a minimum level of income with the option…

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Addressing Mental Health Issues

Although mental illness has long been stigmatized, fortunately, things are beginning to change. Starting this year, dozens of health systems are adopting widespread solutions to address mental health conditions, including untreated depression, teen suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).1 Here are some startling statistics:2 • As of 2016, 44.7 million American adults had experienced a…

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