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The 411 on Fake News

As much as we love to joke, “If you read it on the internet, it must be true!”, nearly everyone has fallen prey to some type of fake news headline. Even if you discover the information in an article is suspect after reading a couple paragraphs, your click alone may have been enough for the…

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Euro Update: What to Potentially Expect in 2017

The United States’ recovery following the recession may feel slow, but it has outperformed other major markets worldwide. Europe, home to many developed nations, has seen dismal growth that is not expected to improve anytime soon. The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association, projects only 1.4 percent growth in 2017, down…

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For the Health of Marriage

Turns out marriage can do more for your heart than fill it with love. A recent study found that, among other health benefits, married people have a higher probability of surviving a stroke. They are also more likely to survive major surgery, have fewer heart attacks, be less likely to have advanced cancer when diagnosed…

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Use this simple mental exercise to help boost your mood

In a Rut? This quick trick can make you happier.  According to an article in Reader’s Digest, the secret to happiness is only a few minutes away with this simple mental exercise:  THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS! The article cites a study in which, before going to bed, German volunteers listed nine beautiful things they’d seen during the…

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Checks and Balances: How Much Can a U.S. President Do?

Donald Trump has a broad presidential agenda that encompasses foreign trade, immigration, deregulation, taxes and investment in U.S. infrastructure. These policies are poised to impact certain industries over others, such as health care, energy, financial services and technology. Every presidential candidate enters the campaign with a platform of changes and priorities, which presumably dominate the…

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Tax Facts About Annuities

Often touted as a tax-advantaged retirement income resource, the annuity is a complex insurance product. While it offers distinct tax benefits, it’s important to understand how it works from a tax perspective. The following are six important facts you should know: Most contributions are not tax-free; the money you initially contribute is not deductible from…

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Hearing Aids Go High Tech

Here’s the thing about hearing aids: They amplify sound. So if you’re having a conversation with someone, you hear their words louder than the volume at which they’re actually speaking. If they mumble or have an odd accent, that sound won’t be any clearer — just louder. If there’s a lot of background noise, that…

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The Downside of Multi-Tasking

Do you ever find that by the time you finish that last cup of coffee in the morning, you’re already exhausted? According to researchers, it’s because we use our relaxing coffee time to multi-task: Check emails, pay bills, peruse headline news, etc. The more challenging the tasks, the more energy-drained we feel. Actually, scientists say…

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Pre-Retirement Lifestyle Tips

They say you’re never fully prepared to have children; the same could possibly be said for retirement. Life still gets in the way of plans, but one way to work out the kinks is to “test-drive” some of your retirement plans while you’re still employed. Consider the following tips to help prepare for retirement. Spousal…

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RMDs and Charitable Contributions

A qualified charitable distribution is one that is not taxable. For 2017 and going forward, these distributions are an option for IRA owners age 70 ½ and up. If an individual instructs his or her IRA to make a distribution directly to a qualified charity, that amount can be deducted from the required minimum distribution…

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