Category Archives: Financial Strategies

A Legacy with a Special Purpose

According to the 2010 census, people with special needs make up nearly 20% of the U.S. population.¹ Furthermore, nearly 20 million American families are raising children with disabilities.² Taking care of a loved one with special needs can be an … Continue reading

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Bouncing Back: The Recovering Housing Market

The collapse of the U.S. housing market helped drive the economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Unlike previous recessions, however, the housing sector lagged as the broader economy began to grow, holding back what might have been … Continue reading

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Sequester Under Way: What to Expect from Federal Budget Cuts

The Budget Control Act of 2011 mandated $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, if Congress failed to negotiate a more targeted deficit-reduction package. The blunt federal budget cuts — spread over nine years, 2013 to 2021, … Continue reading

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Fraud Never Sleeps

The Federal Trade Commission received over 1.8 million consumer complaints in 2011 (see graph). More than half of these were for various types of fraud. Despite improved consumer education and tighter controls, criminals continue to come up with new ways … Continue reading

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Businesses Face Health-Care Decisions

Although the Affordable Care Act does not require companies to provide employee health insurance, business owners may want to pay special attention to the law’s tax implications. Large employers that do not offer workers a minimum level of essential health … Continue reading

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Sector Investing

Individual sectors of the U.S. economy often behave differently at various points in the business cycle. Therefore, changes in the direction or speed of economic growth can spur shifts in equity market performance. Some industries tend to lead the pack … Continue reading

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Moving On and Rolling Over

Despite the uncertainties of the job market, today’s workers stay in a job for an average of only 4.4 years. Job-hopping is even more prevalent among younger workers: about nine out of 10 millennials (born between 1977 and 1997) expect … Continue reading

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