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The financial hardships of the Great Recession forced many people to start thinking outside the box. The “sharing economy” gained popularity in the late 2000s because it provided more affordable means to travel, maintain homes and access piecemeal work for small businesses. This was the beginning of Airbnb, Uber and…

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Welcome to 2020, the year you finally level up your finances. Let’s get started.

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We’ve figured out a few things that help us balance work and family without feeling guilty about either. But before we dive in, a quick reminder: You can’t be everything to everyone—let your best be your best.

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To help you remember the spirit of the holidays, I compiled a list of our favorite unique traditions. They’re simple to begin, so you can start making more memories this holiday season.

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FirstLine Financial is back for the Second Annual Thanks-giving Food Drive. And we hope you join us! We are participating in a local food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. We hope you join us in the spirit of giving and donate non-perishable food items. By donating a…

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Researchers have estimated how much of our lifetime is spent on various activities. For example, based on a lifespan of 80 years, the average person will spend:1 26 years sleeping 7 years trying to get to sleep 13 years at work 8 years watching TV 5 years eating 3 years…

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stock market roundup

Between 1926 and 2018, the S&P 500 experienced double-digit annual losses only 11 times. Not only did the market recover, but the index has never permanently lost ground in any rolling 15-year period during that timeframe.1 While past performance is no guarantee of future results, that bit of history is…

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According to IRS estimates, taxpayers collectively pay about 82 percent of taxes they legitimately owe. This amounts to about $458 billion annually in lost taxes, based on data from 2008 to 2010.1 Of course, we do not recommend strategies to avoid legitimate tax liabilities. However, it is important to stay…

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financial literacy

Financial literacy has always been a challenge. However, now that much of the burden of retirement income has shifted to employees instead of employers, it is all the more important that we begin teaching the principles of saving and investing to people as early as possible.1 In a recent survey,…

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retirement challenges

In 1985, only 10 percent of people aged 65 and older were either in the workforce or job hunting. Today, that share has doubled, for a couple of reasons. First, fewer 65-year-olds have enough money to retire. Second, the number of people in this demographic with a college degree has…

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