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Protect Yourself from Scams, Hacks and Breaches

By Safeguard Investment | January 2, 2019 |

According to a telecommunications study of 50 billion telephone calls over an 18-month period, nearly four percent of calls in 2017 were fraudulent. In 2018, that number jumped to 29 percent of all calls. At that pace, the number of fraudulent calls is expected to rise to 44 percent of all calls in 2019.1 You…

Social Security Updates

By Safeguard Investment | December 21, 2018 |

Good news for retirees: Social Security benefits are scheduled to increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the biggest bump since the 3.6 percent increase in 2012. The average beneficiary – who received about $1,405 a month in 2018 – can expect to see just over $39 more each month, or about $468 more over the course…

2018 Market Update

By Pam Vega | December 18, 2018 |

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New Laws Passed By Congress

By Safeguard Investment | December 11, 2018 |

Toward the end of 2018, before the midterms, Congress passed a proliferation of bills, many of which were bipartisan. The following is a roundup of recent legislation designed to provide economic stimulus and additional protections heading into 2019. The America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to embark on…

Trade Agreement Updates

By Safeguard Investment | December 5, 2018 |

In the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), among gains for the United States is a new provision negotiated with Mexico related to auto products. Under the new terms, to qualify for tariff-free sales, 75 percent of automobile materials must be produced in the United States and…

Trade Wars: More Context

By Safeguard Investment | October 24, 2018 |

In particular, automobiles seem to be in the crosshairs of President Trump’s hard line on trade with the rest of the world. Here are a few reasons why:1 • U.S. auto production represents about 2.7 percent of GDP.• There are more jobs in motor-vehicle assembly than in computers and electronics, chemicals, motor vehicle parts, plastics…

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By webteam | August 30, 2018 |

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Family Business Considerations

By Safeguard Investment | June 28, 2018 |

Family businesses that manage to survive generation after generation leave not only a family legacy, but also the potential for tremendous wealth. For example, Arkansas-based Walmart is presently the largest business in the world in terms of revenue, earning more than $485 billion in 2017. In 1992, founder Sam Walton passed away and left his…

Music Plays Instrumental Role in Healing Ailments

By Safeguard Investment | June 8, 2018 |

Hearing a familiar song from a happy period in your life, such as childhood, can instantly make you feel joyful. It’s as if you’re right back there — toe tapping, head bopping and singing along. Just as with our sight, smell and taste senses, positive auditory memories can enhance mood and transport us back to…

Inflation: Expectations for 2018

By Safeguard Investment | May 22, 2018 |

It seems as if inflation has been biding its time. Since the financial crisis a decade ago, growth in prices and wages has been muted.1 However, many financial analysts believe that’s about to change. A jobs report from early March revealed continued hiring and a moderate increase in wages. The stock markets welcomed the news,…

Ways to Avoid Financial Scams

By Safeguard Investment | May 10, 2018 |

According to a recent survey, about two-thirds of adults age 70 and older fall for online scammers. Here are some tips to remember about some of the latest frauds:1 • Medicare does not employ “sales representatives.” • Apple and Microsoft do not sell virus protection software for your computer. • There is no African prince…

Financial Strategies in 2018

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | April 16, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

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