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What You Should Know About the Equifax Settlement

It has been nearly two years since the massive Equifax data breach occurred. On September 7, 2017, credit reporting bureau Equifax reported that sensitive personal information belonging to 143 million Americans had been exposed to hackers.  The Equifax data breach remains the largest breach in modern history. This includes the data breach that was recently […]

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Interest Rate Watch: Fed Cuts Interest Rates, Signals More Cuts Could Be Coming

On July 31, the Federal Reserve did something it hasn’t done in more than a decade: cut interest rates. In an effort to head off the possible negative effects of a global economic slowdown and growing trade tensions between the U.S. and some of our major trading partners, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) lowered […]

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Retirement Planning: Is 65 the New 45?

Here in the U.S., the age of 65 has been viewed as the traditional retirement age for nearly a century now. It goes back to the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. This legislation established 65 as the age at which Americans who were eligible would be able […]

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How Taxes Affect Investment Returns

One thing that people often neglect to consider when planning investing strategies is the impact of taxes on their investment returns. Taxes can take a bite out of annual returns, which can jeopardize your ability to meet long-term investing goals. In fact, a study conducted by the Schwab Center for Financial Research determined that lowering […]

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A History Lesson: Looking Back at the Past Half-Century of the U.S. Economy and Markets

The past few weeks have seen major stock market indices hit new record highs, with the widely watched Dow Jones Industrial Average crossing the 27,000 barrier for the first time on July 11 while the S&P 500 flirted with 3,000. In addition, the U.S. economy set a new record this month for the longest expansion […]

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