Memorial Day is so much more than a long weekend.

Memorial Day is so much more than a long weekend. It is a chance for us to remember those who gave all for this great nation and the freedoms it offers. This Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the lives and legacies of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country, and we

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Beware of Lifestyle Creep

Sometimes more money can mean more problems. Provided by Kenneth Hagel Lifestyle creep” is an unusual phrase describing an all-too-common problem: the more money people earn, the more money they tend to spend. Frequently, the newly affluent are the most susceptible. As people establish themselves as doctors and lawyers, executives, and successful entrepreneurs, they see

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2 Misconceptions Millennials Have About Life Insurance

Just for millennials: a myth-busting post clarifies what life insurance is, and is not.

The Major 2018 Federal Tax Changes

Comparing the old rules with the new. Provided by Kenneth Hagel The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made dramatic changes to federal tax law. It is worth reviewing some of these changes as 2019 approaches and households and businesses refine their income tax strategies. Income tax brackets have changed. The old 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%,

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Catching up on Retirement Savings

If you are starting at or near 50, consider these ideas. Provided by Kenneth Hagel Do you fear you are saving for retirement too late? Plan to address that anxiety with some positive financial moves. If you have little saved for retirement at age 50 (or thereabouts), there is still much you can do to

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What if airlines charged you based on how often you fly

Travel and Leisure says that could soon happen:

Cybercurrencies: A Risky Choice in 2018

This year, we have seen the downside of bitcoin & other altcoins. Provided by Kenneth Hagel Bitcoin. Ethereum. Litecoin. Ripple. Ether. As 2017 ended, the prices of these cybercurrencies were soaring. In early 2018, they have plummeted. Opportunistic investors have been left to wonder: Are these digital currencies really the next big thing, or the

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The Dow Dropped. Do Not Drop Out of the Market

Last Monday’s plunge was hardly the disaster that some media outlets claimed. Provided by Kenneth Hagel On February 5, the Dow Jones Industrial Average took an unprecedented fall. The benchmark dropped 1,175 points, and it was down 1,500 points at one moment during the trading day.1,2 Monday’s Dow loss was severe, but not as catastrophic

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Bad Money Habits to Break In 2018

Behaviors worth changing for the New Year. Provided by Kenneth Hagel Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, the New Year is as good an occasion as any to alter your behavior. #1: Lending

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What Do You Have in Reserve for 2018?

Build your emergency fund this year. Kenneth Hagel How much does the average American household have in the bank? Estimates vary, but the short answer to this question is “not enough.” Last year, a GoBankingRates poll discovered that 57% of U.S. households had less than $1,000 in deposit accounts (although, 25% reported having at least

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