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Importance of Airline Industry Continues Ascent

March 19, 2019 |

After all the inconvenience it caused nationwide, it appears the main impetus for ending the federal government shutdown in January was its impact on air travel. On Jan. 25, the...

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Annuity Strategies That Keep the Income Flowing in Retirement

March 12, 2019 |

More than 90 percent of American workers in their 50s don’t have a pension and 46 percent don’t participate in an IRA or 401(k) at work. A recent study found...

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2019 Market Prognostications: What the Experts Say

February 26, 2019 |

By the end of 2018, not one of the eight asset categories tracked by Ned Davis Research was on track to post a return greater than 5 percent. Since it’s...

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Responsible Investing Options Keep Sprouting

February 19, 2019 |

Nearly $23 trillion of assets worldwide are managed using responsible investing (RI) strategies, a 25 percent increase since 2014, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. New funds focused on...

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Pros and Cons of Municipal Bonds

February 12, 2019 |

U.S. stock markets were enjoying an eighth consecutive year of a bull market until volatility toward the end of 2018 erased all of the past year’s gains.1 In times like...

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Stability Grows for Emerging Markets

February 5, 2019 |

Thirty years ago, developed markets were seen as much more stable than smaller, emerging countries. But as political division and uncertainty permeates the West, the differences have faded, and emerging...

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Decreasing Benefits Contribute to Retiree Bankruptcy

January 29, 2019 |

For most of the 20th century, it was common for employers and unions to sponsor health care insurance for retired workers, which helped pay for some or all of Medicare’s...

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Stock Buybacks Explained

January 22, 2019 |

When the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, the hope was companies would spend their influx of money on...

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News Around the Internet

January 15, 2019 |

Where there is internet, is there more prosperity? Generally speaking, yes. It costs much more to lay fiber to outlying communities than it does in larger metropolitan areas, which may...

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China’s Growing Economy

January 8, 2019 |

General Motors recently announced the pending closure of three U.S. assembly plants and the discontinuation of six cars made at those plants. While large sedans are no longer big sellers...

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Why Global Intellectual Property Laws Matter

January 2, 2019 |

What’s the secret to Col. Sanders’ recipe for fried chicken? Is the reason Coca-Cola tastes different from Pepsi based on a formula locked up in a vault at corporate headquarters?...

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Health Care Roundup

December 26, 2018 |

By now, most of us know to check with our health insurance company to make sure our physician or specialist referral is covered by our health care plan and within...

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2018 Tax News

December 18, 2018 |

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced federal income tax liability for some, but not all, Americans. Wealthy residents of California, New York and other high-tax states could...

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Trade Agreement Updates

December 13, 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...

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The New Space Race

December 12, 2018 |

Space: The final frontier. Or is it? The U.S. is again taking a serious look at space exploration, but there are many factors to consider. President Trump last summer called...

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Interest Rate Watch

December 11, 2018 |

In late September, the Federal Reserve raised its key short-term interest rate to 2.25 percent from 2.0 percent, in its third increase of the year.1 The good news is that...

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Economic Indicators

December 10, 2018 |

Newton’s laws of motion and gravity are often applied to economics and the stock market. What goes up, must come down. While this generally explains a natural path of the...

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Pension vs. 401(k)

December 7, 2018 |

Given a choice, which would you choose: a guaranteed fixed income for the rest of your life, or a lump sum that you could invest? As it turns out, lots...

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Are We in a Corporate Debt Bubble?

December 6, 2018 |

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession of 2008. Despite a painfully slow recovery, U.S. economic growth has been sustainable. The stock and bond markets continue to perform...

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Real Estate Update

December 5, 2018 |

What a difference a decade makes. After the real estate debacle of the Great Recession, home prices are now near record highs in many markets with mortgage default and foreclosure...

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