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2019 Midyear Outlook

2019 Midyear Outlook Kiplinger recently noted that the U.S. stock market appeared more resilient than ever, having bounced back from a devastating end of 2018. Employment remains relatively steady, inflation flat and the Fed has indicated reticence to increasing interest rates through the end of the year. In fact, the only headwinds for the rest…

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Don’t Avoid Family Conversations About Money

Don’t Avoid Family Conversations About Money One of the first discussions a young couple may have when starting a family is about affordability. How will they pay for child care? Will one spouse quit their job to stay home and raise the child? Here are a couple of interesting facts that may enter that equation:1…

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Retirement Planning Challenges

Retirement Planning 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 more than…

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Companies Creating Vertical Investing Opportunities, Others Investing in Communities

Companies Creating Vertical Investing Opportunities, Others Investing in Communities   There is a new trend toward investing in American initiatives that aligns with the president’s focus on making the country great. Initiatives are cropping up to help create the potential for novel investment opportunities. Some of these investments are being created by companies that themselves…

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Workplace Trends

Workplace Trends It’s common for all types of relationships to experience “power swings” — when one person or entity holds more sway over another, for a wide variety of reasons. We have witnessed this phenomenon recently in the job market.1 Starting during the Great Recession and for several years thereafter, many individuals lost jobs and…

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Women in the Workplace

Women in the Workplace People are living longer, which also means more people are working longer, either because they want to stay engaged or they need more time to prepare for a longer retirement. Unfortunately, these trends haven’t made ageism any less prominent. One researcher found careers tend to peak at age 45 for men…

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Importance of Airline Industry Continues Ascent

Importance of Airline Industry Continues Ascent After all the inconvenience it caused nationwide, it appears the main impetus for ending the federal government shutdown in January was its impact on air travel. On Jan. 25, the FAA began restricting flights into and out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport due to a shortage of air traffic…

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2018 Tax News

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…

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Trade Agreement Updates

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…

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Economic Indicators

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…

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