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Pension vs. 401(k)

Pension vs. 401(k)

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 of people prefer a sure thing. This is what a recent survey showed about public sector employees posed with the option to select a defined…

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The Debt Trap

The Debt Trap

When the economy thrives, consumers tend to spend more money. Unfortunately, many Americans have a habit of spending money they haven’t yet earned, so debt also tends to rise when things are going well. According to a new study by Northwestern Mutual, many Americans have accumulated nearly twice as much debt as savings. Specifically: The…

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Economic Indicators

Economic Indicator

  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 economic cycle, the key question for most investors is: When will it come down? While no one can predict market directions with exact accuracy,…

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What’s Driving the Economy?

What’s Driving the Economy?

As the U.S. economy entered the fall enjoying its ninth year of healthy growth, analysts watch to determine its continuing trajectory. According to the Conference Board, in an Oct. 10 update, its Consumer Confidence Index remained at the highest level since 2000, and its CEO Confidence Index declined in the third quarter but remained solidly…

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Money Matters

Money Matters

To help combat chronic poverty, some think tanks and economists have pitched the idea of a universal basic income (UBI), issued by the government. In the words of the 1980s band Dire Straits, UBI is essentially “money for nothing.” Proponents suggest that if every American adult received $1,000 a month to do with whatever they…

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How Market Moves Affect Investor Decisions

Investor Decisions

The National Bureau of Economic Research recently explored how continued low returnscan influence saving, investing and retirement behaviors. According to the report, diminished returns tend to motivate people to save more in non-retirement accounts and less in their 401(k)s, alter their investment allocations, and even delay retirement and claiming Social Security benefits. While recent economic…

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The Cost of Maintaining a Home

Home maintainance cost

To age at home, or not to age at home: That is the question many retirees eventually face. One major determining factor is whetherthey can afford to move into a senior community offering living assistance and nursing care if necessary. While costs vary from state to state, the 2018 nationwide average for assisted living costs…

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Sustainable Investing Goes Mainstream

Investing

Invest in what you know is a common piece of investment wisdom. In the past, that advice has most likely referenced your favorite soda or retail store. Today, however, more people are investing in actions and causes they champion, and this is true of companies, as well. For example, while the current U.S. administration is…

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Where Americans Stand On Personal Debt

On one hand, low interest rates are good for those borrowing money. On the other hand, easy cash can lead to excess debt — a place far too many Americans find themselves. Today, the median credit card debt is $2,000 per person, the median student loan debt is around $9,000 and the median mortgage debt…

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Proposals to Change Social Security and Medicare

The total cost of Social Security will exceed its income resources this year for the first time since 1982. For now, trustees expect current taxes, interest income on reserves and trust fund asset reserves to provide the funding necessary for both Social Security and Medicare. However, trust fund reserves are projected tobe depleted at the…

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