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Early this year, many stopped spending and began saving money. This wasn’t difficult as many areas of the economy were — and possibly still are — shut down. For some, vacation plans were canceled, and the normal level of entertainment activities and dining out have been curbed. If you’ve remained…

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In November, the Dow experienced its best month since 1987, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes enjoyed their best month since April of this year.1 With the election behind us and a vaccine on the horizon, the stock market has plenty to celebrate. Many consumers used the pandemic period…

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The World Health Organization recently reported that while some countries have made effective inroads to contain COVID-19 within their borders, the pandemic is still well on the rise throughout the world.1 Perhaps one of the most debilitating impacts of today’s global economy is that one country’s problem is now every…

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A recent poll found that nearly one out of every five Americans are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdowns.1 With reported infections soaring in recent weeks, financial stress could affect even more citizens as various areas of the country struggle to contain the pandemic. However,…

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The DROP program stands for Deferred Retirement Option Plan. The retention program was designed to keep public-safety personnel working longer by making it lucrative to stay beyond their eligibility to retire.

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In normal times, the stock market is often a reflection of the economy. But these are not normal times. Even though April was marked by a global shutdown of businesses, rampant unemployment and low economic growth, the S&P 500 Index ended the month up 12.9%. This represented the highest one-month…

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Since the first part of 2020 doesn’t “really” count because everyone was in stalemate (thank you Covid-19), we can basically start over now as the country starts to slowly reopen. So, welcome everyone. Spring has sprung! 🙂 It’s officially the season of cleaning, organizing, and working through all the build-up…

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Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Joshua Marine Comfort zones are cozy, but staying in them forever won’t get you very far. In fact, you won’t go anywhere at all—because the prerequisite to growth and improvement is *drum roll please* challenging yourself.…

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Raise your hand if you’re dating, engaged, or married. Now keep your hand up if you want it to stay that way (as in…not divorce or break up). Hopefully everyone’s hand stayed up. If not, we’re the wrong people for the job. However, if you kept all five fingers high,…

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Do not save what is left after spending; instead spend what is left after saving.” Warren Buffett Financial security is more than making enough money—it’s saving enough to make it last. If growing your savings is a 2020 goal, you’ll be ahead of the one in five Americans with no…

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