Archive for December 2019

Dealing with Anxiety? Learn Ways to Cope

Anxiety is the most common mental complaint in the U.S., with more than 40 million people suffering from it on a regular basis, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.1 Factors such as genetics, personality or life events can contribute to anxiety, but it’s important to recognize that anyone can experience serious and…

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The Future of Manufacturing

A concerted effort to draw American manufacturing operations back to the U.S. over the past three years has done little to move the needle. In fact, a recent report from the Department of Commerce reveals that the manufacturing sector is at its lowest representation of the national economy in 72 years — a mere 11%…

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The Age of Experience: Always Improving

It’s not just fine wines that get better with age. We also are always improving — growing more confident over time, having met challenges and overcome them. Our decision-making gets easier. We develop coping mechanisms to handle stress. And we grow wiser. Our knowledge and experience accumulate as a strong foundation we continue to build…

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Market Trends to Watch

The investment world is like the weather: constantly changing. Financial vehicles are tweaked and improved upon, particularly when there are changes to tax law or compliance rules. The world of finance is fluid, and so are we. As our lives evolve, it’s important to review and sometimes make adjustments to our investment and insurance goals…

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Savings Strategies for Travel, at Home or Abroad

Here’s an idea for restless young adults and adventurous retirees alike: Get paid to live in Italy. The region of Molise, east of Rome, has more than 100 underpopulated villages that are fading away due to migration to larger cities. These communities — some are walled, medieval towns set among olive groves and green pastures…

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The Importance of Women Achieving Financial Confidence

Married or single, women are finding that taking an active role in their financial futures is critical. About 80% of married women outlive their husbands, and nearly half of all widows say they wish they’d been more involved in managing their finances when their spouse was alive.1 Whether you have a career or rely on…

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Companies Get Creative With Health Care Offerings

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment season has begun (Nov. 1 through Dec. 15) for people who do not have access to health insurance plans at work. For the 2020 plan year, 20 more insurers have entered the federal exchange market and the average premium dropped by 4% from last year’s plans.1 Employers see strong…

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Tax Updates and Reminders

As we head toward the end of the year, consider maxing out your contributions on tax-advantaged accounts to help manage your 2019 return. While some accounts, such as an IRA or Health Savings Account (HSA), allow you to continue making contributions up until April 15, 2020, most payroll-deduction plans such as a 401(k) will stop…

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Credit Cards: News, Trends and Tips

Sometimes it feels as though we don’t learn from our past financial mistakes. Back in 2008, as a contributor to the recession, consumer debt reached a record high of $12.68 trillion. As of the end of the second quarter in 2019, Americans surpassed that number by $1.2 trillion; we now stand at $13.86 trillion in…

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Pharmaceutical Roundup: Lawsuits, Legislation and Growth Opportunities

Drug manufacturers and distributors have been in the news lately. Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest headlines: The Opioid Crisis In October of this year, three of the biggest U.S. drug distributors and a drug manufacturer reached a $260 million settlement with two counties in Ohio that had sued them over the opioid…

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