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Getting a Tax Refund? 6 Suggestions for Spending It Wisely

Last year, more than 97 million Americans received a tax refund averaging $2,763. Now that the tax filing deadline is upon us, millions more Americans will be receiving refunds in the coming weeks. Perhaps you’re one of these people who’s looking forward to getting a check in the mail soon from Uncle Sam. If so, […]

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Is Values-Based Investing Right For You?

Frontier has noticed that the area of values-based has been getting increased attention recently. Values-based investing is an attempt to invest money in ways that are in alignment with one’s core values and beliefs. For example, some people are now seeking to avoid investing in the securities of firearms companies due to growing incidences of […]

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5 Steps for Transitioning Into Self-Employment

The economic downturn and recession that occurred nearly a decade ago pushed a lot of people out of their jobs. Instead of looking for another job, though, many of these displaced employees decided to hang out a shingle and go to work for themselves. There are currently about 17 million people in the U.S. who […]

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What You Should Do When You Reach These Retirement Age Milestones

The age of 50 is a milestone for many reasons — not the least of which is the fact that 50 is a nice, round number that’s also the equivalent of half-a-century. Practically speaking, 50 is also an important age when it comes to your personal finances. Starting at 50, there are a number of […]

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‘Tis the Season for Tax Filing … and Tax Refund Fraud

In a recent article, we described how incidences of tax refund fraud usually spike at this time of year. Identity thieves steal personal information like Social Security numbers and use this to file forged tax returns. Then they collect fraudulent tax refunds in unsuspecting victims’ names. This year, a new and especially dangerous kind of […]

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The Bitcoin Craze: Should You Invest in Cryptocurrency?

Over the past year or so, digital currencies have become one of the hottest investing crazes since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. The value of Bitcoin, one of the most recognized digital currencies, has skyrocketed since early 2017, leading many investors to wonder if they’re missing out on big returns if they aren’t […]

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Faith-based Healthcare Cost Sharing: An Alternative to Traditional Health Insurance

Healthcare is a hot-button issue in the United States and one that arouses passion in many people. Regardless of their beliefs about how healthcare should be provided and paid for, most people would probably agree that the healthcare markets have been roiled in recent years and costs have risen for many people. Some Americans are […]

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Qualified Charitable Distributions: How QCDs Could Boost Charitable Giving This Year

Much has been written about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law in December could result in fewer people giving money to charities. With the standard deduction having been increased substantially, fewer people could end up itemizing deductions. This, in turn, could reduce the tax incentive to make charitable contributions […]

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Diversification and Rebalancing: Why They Are Critical When Markets Are Volatile and Asset Values Are High

We’ve seen a tremendous amount of volatility in the investing markets so far this year — and we’re not even through the first quarter yet. For example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average started off the new year with a bang, breaking through the 25,000 and 26,000 point barriers in January alone before tumbling precipitously in […]

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A Taxing Decision: Should You Itemize Deductions … or Not?

The tax reform legislation that became law at the end of last year will affect Americans’ finances in many different ways. For example, lower tax brackets will result in higher take-home pay for many people, while an expanded child tax credit will make more people eligible for this benefit. One of the biggest impacts on […]

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