How Year-End Legislation May Affect Tax Season

In late 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which included many tax provisions and extenders as well as additional COVID-19 stimulus relief. For example, the ability to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions if the taxpayer doesn’t itemize has been extended for an additional year. The business meal deduction has been increased from…

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Pandemic Highlights the Difference Between Economics and Finance

One of the more glaring lessons of the 2020 pandemic was that the economy and the stock market are not the same thing, nor do they necessarily move in lockstep. They are measurements of two different things, often indicating how the other will react. However, as we saw last year, the economy is a greater…

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How Do Demographics Affect the Economy?

Back in 2019, economists claimed that the large population of older Americans, dubbed the “silver tsunami,” was creating a drag on the economy. The fear was that Americans were aging toward retirement at a faster rate than young adults were entering the workforce. Not only does this put a strain on our finance-as-we-go Social Security…

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Vaccines and the Stock Market

If there’s one thing that can move the economy and stock market forward, it’s hope. This year, that hope is being presented in the form of COVID-19 vaccines. Economists and Wall Street analysts have long proclaimed that comprehensive economic recovery is not possible until we have contained the virus. The prospect of wide distribution of…

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Preparing for a Loved One’s Death

America began 2021 experiencing the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Feb. 1, case numbers continued to rise, with recorded deaths since January 2020 ranging from 413,1961 to 441,4092, depending on sources used (CDC provisional count waits for a death certificate, which can cause up to a two-week delay). Fox News reports that…

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When To “Buy Low”

The beginning of the year is typically full of hope. We make New Year’s resolutions, and it may take a few months for our enthusiasm (and vigilance) to wane. There’s also the “January Effect,” when the stock market generally gets a performance boost thanks to tax harvesting in December and subsequent reinvestments. But even that…

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Real Estate: Trends & Predictions

The pandemic has changed our lives, our economy and our workplaces in many ways. Looking ahead, its impact may be widespread and long term for a variety of industries. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the real estate industry. In recent months, tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Square, Dropbox and Stripe have announced…

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The Pros and Cons of Corporate America’s Remote Work Trend

Post-pandemic, will everyone go back to the office like nothing ever happened? Will lost jobs be recovered? Or is remote work and skeleton staffing a trend here to stay? A recent survey of company leaders revealed that eight in 10 plan to allow employees to work outside the office at least part time going forward.…

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COVID’s Toll: A Growing Mental Health Crisis

As COVID-19 outbreaks continue throughout the country, quarantining, working from home and at-home schooling have caused many people to suffer from what used to be called “cabin fever.”  Cabin fever has seemed to spark mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression or just plain loneliness. And it seems to be a growing problem. According to…

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How To Help Maximize Social Security Benefits

There are good reasons to delay starting Social Security benefits, but there are also good reasons to begin them early. It really does depend on your circumstances. If you claim earlier than your full retirement age (FRA), your benefit will be permanently reduced. The age to qualify for the full Social Security benefit varies by…

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