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2018 Tax News

By FFG Team | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

2018 Tax News The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced federal income tax liability for some, but not all, Americans. Wealthy residents of California, New York and other high-tax states could face a higher tax bill when they file their 2018 return.1 While cutting tax rates on ordinary income, increasing the standard deduction…

Trade Agreement Updates

By FFG Team | December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Trade Agreement Updates In the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), among gains for the United States is a new provision negotiated with Mexico related to auto products. Under the new terms, to qualify for tariff-free sales, 75 percent of automobile materials must be produced in the…

The New Space Race

By FFG Team | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The New Space Race   Space: The final frontier. Or is it? The U.S. is again taking a serious look at space exploration, but there are many factors to consider. President Trump last summer called for the Department of Defense to move space operations to a sixth military branch, though funding such an effort would…

Interest Rate Watch

By FFG Team | November 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Interest Rate Watch   In late September, the Federal Reserve raised its key short-term interest rate to 2.25 percent from 2.0 percent, in its third increase of the year.1   The good news is that higher rates offer the potential for higher returns on CDs, bank savings and other fixed-rated accounts that have been languishing…

Economic Indicators

By FFG Team | November 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Economic Indicators Newton’s laws of motion and gravity are often applied to economics and the stock market. What goes up, must come down. While this generally explains a natural path of the economic cycle, the key question for most investors is: When will it come down? While no one can predict market directions with exact accuracy, economists…

Pension vs. 401(k)

By FFG Team | November 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pension vs. 401(k) Given a choice, which would you choose: a guaranteed fixed income for the rest of your life, or a lump sum tht you could invest? As it turns out, lots of people prefer a sure thing. This is what a recent survey showed about public sector employees posed with the option to…

Are We in a Corporate Debt Bubble?

By FFG Team | November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are We in a Corporate Debt Bubble? 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession of 2008. Despite a painfully slow recovery, U.S. economic growth has been sustainable. The stock and bond markets continue to perform well, unemployment is low and the economy is generally considered healthy and booming. And yet, whenever things are…

Real Estate Update

By FFG Team | October 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Real Estate Update What a difference a decade makes. After the real estate debacle of the Great Recession, home prices are now near record highs in many markets with mortgage default and foreclosure rates at near record lows, according to the National Association of Realtors, or NAR.1 However, Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says some…

Trade Wars: More Context

By FFG Team | October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Trade Wars: More Context In particular, automobiles seem to be in the crosshairs of President Trump’s hard line on trade with the rest of the world. Here are a few reasons why:1   U.S. auto production represents about 2.7 percent of GDP. There are more jobs in motor-vehicle assembly than in computers and electronics, chemicals,…

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