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Economic Update 08/03/15

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DIPS WITH STOCK DECLINES July brought an 8.9-point drop for the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index; it fell to 90.9. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index held up better, losing 3.0 points in July to descend to … Continue reading

Economic Update 07/27/15

EXISTING HOME SALES UP, NEW HOME SALES DOWN According to the National Association of Realtors, residential resales increased 3.2% in June with the median home value hitting an all-time peak of $236,400, 6.5% higher than a year ago. New home … Continue reading

Warning: Don’t Make These Financial Mistakes

Americans do many things with their money and invested assets, most of them on the up and up. There are exceptions, however – cases in which people unintentionally break the law, flirt with illegal behavior, or pay federal tax penalties … Continue reading

What Makes a Good Home + Auto Insurance Policy?

Have you thought about bundling your insurance? You may want to consider that, as insuring your house and vehicles with the same carrier could save you some money. Most people buy insurance without doing much homework. That holds true for … Continue reading

Economic Update 07/20/15

CONSUMER & WHOLESALE PRICES INCREASE The Labor Department announced a 0.3% June rise in the headline Consumer Price Index, following the 0.4% advance for May. This left annualized consumer inflation positive for the first time in six months (+0.1%). June … Continue reading

What Does Inflation Have To Do With Investing?

America once experienced something called “moderate inflation.” It may seem like a distant memory, but it could very well return in the second half of this decade. A remote possibility? Most economists think the Fed will start raising interest rates … Continue reading

Do You Need Life Insurance?

Life insurance is hard. It’s hard to know if you have the right kind. It’s hard to know if you have enough. And it’s hard to know if you need any at all. The insurance companies have made it even … Continue reading

Economic Update 07/13/15

GREECE GIVES IN, STOCKS RALLY In an about-face development, the Greek government acceded to the demands of its creditors Thursday night. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras submitted a bailout proposal similar to the one the Greek people had rejected by referendum … Continue reading

Economic Update 07/06/15

WALL STREET HANGS ON AS GREECE DEFAULTS When Greece revealed it would miss its July 1 debt payment to the International Monetary Fund last Tuesday, the Dow lost 2% for the day while the CBOE VIX gained more than 35%. … Continue reading

Saving For Retirement

If life has not allowed you to build substantial retirement savings, what can you do to improve your retirement prospects? Here are some suggestions. Play catch-up. If at all possible, take advantage of the catch-up contributions the IRS allows you … Continue reading