• Medicare – Part A, B, C, D

    Medicare is the Federal Health Care Insurance Program that begins at the age 65. You should sign up three months before your 65th birthday for Medicare Insurance Part A and B. Younger people may qualify for Medicare with certain disabilities or diseases.

  • Digital Deception: Current Trends in Cybercrime

    In December 2016, Yahoo announced that data associated with more than 1 billion user accounts had been stolen in 2013. The company believes this was a separate incident from a previously announced theft of data from 500,000 user accounts in 2014.

  • The Uptrends We Never See

    Most of us suspect that the world is going to hell in a handbasket—or at least getting worse over the long term. In the U.S., only 4% of respondents will tell you that our world living conditions are improving.

  • 529 Plans May Get a Boost from Congress

    According to a report on CNBC.com, a recent announcement by two US representatives could offer serious benefits for current and prospective college students, recent graduates, and their parents, including those who are trying to pay off student loans.

  • Looking ahead to 2017: What can we expect? What can we plan for?

    Perhaps more than any year in recent history, 2017 is shaping up to be a year of fiscal change. And with the unconventional Donald Trump as president, many of these changes will emanate from Washington, D.C.

  • Withdrawal or Borrow from 401k?

    Are you considering a major purchase such as a vehicle or new home? Maybe you are looking to pay off your credit cards or make the next college tuition payment. Many people ask if they should take a withdrawal from their 401k to make these purchases or payments. I would never recommend a withdrawal from your 401k unless it was absolutely necessary.

  • Higher Rates: The Tempest in the Teapot

    Anybody who was surprised that the Federal Reserve Board decided to raise its benchmark interest rate this week probably wasn’t paying attention. The U.S. economy is humming along, the stock market is booming and the unemployment rate has fallen faster than anybody expected.

  • The Cost of Sleep Deprivation

    The holidays are murder on our sleep patterns (let alone our waistlines). Are you getting enough sleep? If not, you might be costing your employer significant productivity, which the Rand Europe think tank has now translated into aggregate dollars across the global economy.

  • The Employed and the Drop-Outs

    Headlines told us that the U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, dropping the unemployment rate to 4.6%—the lowest level since August 2007, and surely an improvement over the 10% rates of the Great Recession. Those numbers represent great news, and indicate that the country is in strong shape!

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