How Dividends Can Boost Long-Term Investment Returns


Dividends are one of the least-understood aspects of investing among many people. But they have the power to significantly boost investment returns over the long term — so if you don’t have a good handle on dividend investing, now is a good time to learn more about it. What Are Dividends? Simply put, dividends are […]

Election Recap: It Looks Like Government Gridlock — and This is Probably Good

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The election, for the most part, is behind us now. While some legal challenges and recounts remain, as well as a couple of runoffs for U.S. Senate seats, it appears that Democrat Joe Biden will win the Presidency. In addition, Democrats will retain control of the House of Representatives (albeit with a smaller majority) and […]

How to Cope with Heightened Market Volatility

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Extreme stock market volatility this year has tested the nerves of even the most experienced, battle-hardened investors. Markets plunged back in the spring as the scope of the coronavirus pandemic became apparent, only to come roaring back over the summer and fall as government stimulus programs took effect and the Federal Reserve pledged to keep […]

Watch Out for Fraud on Instant Payment Apps

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The popularity of payment apps has been rising this year as some people strive to avoid as much personal interaction with others as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include PayPal’s Venmo, Square’s Cash App and Zelle, which was created by a coalition of banks. Also known as peer-to-peer payment services, these apps allow instant […]

5 Ways to Avoid Overspending


In our recent blog recognizing National Savings Day, which was on October 12, we offered tips to help you save more money. A key to saving money, of course, is avoiding overspending.  While it’s often easy to come up with justifications for overspending, the fact is there are a few common reasons why most people […]