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The 60-Year Career

Share List Now that people are living longer, many are also working longer. Just imagine, if you start working regularly at age 20 and don’t retire until age 80, that’s a 60-year career. While it’s not as common today, traditionally, many workers would spend their entire career working for the same employer Take, for example, […]

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Taxing Questions

Share List At the end of October, the IRS made several announcements regarding taxes in 2017.  Information available for the new year now includes tax rates, standard deductions, exemption amounts and more. While the standard deduction for various filing groups is set to increase by $50 or $100, an additional standard deduction of $1,250 is […]

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Get in the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Share List Whether you want a little extra income or just want to get out and interact with new people, tapping into your entrepreneurial instincts can fill many needs in retirement. Here are a few examples of fun, money-generating ideas people have come up with recently.  Remember photo booths — a printed strip of quick […]

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Drug Prices: The Power of a Celebrity Tweet

Share List When drug manufacturer Mylan increased the list price of EpiPen last summer, it suffered the wrath of celebrity backlash. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker publicly criticized the company for raising the price of its emergency allergy treatment to $608.1  EpiPen, which has been around for decades, cost less than $100 when Mylan originally acquired […]

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Opposites Attract: Couple Finances

Share List It’s very common for a married couple to have vastly different financial personalities. One may be frugal and the other a big spender. As we all know, money can be the source of some pretty big challenges in a relationship.  In fact, a recent survey revealed that 73 percent of couples said their […]

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Being Wise in a Smart World

Share List These days, it seems like everything’s getting smarter. Smart phones, smart cars, smart appliances, smart technology.  Maybe we take things like this for granted, but you can start typing any phrase into Google, and the computer will finish it for you. That’s pretty darn smart.  Unfortunately, our increasingly smart world creates a host […]

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Jobs After Age 55

Share List The good news is 62- to 64-year-olds experienced the largest increase in jobs between 2007 and 2014.1 The not-so-good news is that many of those jobs are not of the upscale, high-paying variety.2  New research from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College offers insights into the type of work that older […]

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The Far-Reaching Applications of Insurance

Share List When most people hear the word “insurance,” the things that come to mind may be home, auto or life. However, the scope of what can be covered by insurance extends far beyond everyday needs.  Unfortunate as it may be, the news is often filled with natural and man-made disasters. The role insurance plays […]

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Health Care Spending Trends

Share List For the 40+ year period of 1961 to 2002, health care expenses followed a pretty steady upward trend, thanks to things like the introduction of Medicaid, coverage expansion and occasional price increases.1  But between 2003 and 2007, that rampant growth slowed down considerably, and the impact of the recession was felt from 2008-2013.2 […]

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Spending Influences

Share List Everyone has their own unique way of spending money. Even people who live in the same house or grew up under the same parental influences can turn out drastically different. Some people are minimalists while others simply like to buy stuff.  A variety of factors can shape our values when it comes to […]

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