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Consider a Bond Ladder for Rising Interest Rates

June 2022

After dropping the benchmark federal funds rate to a range of 0%–0.25% early in the pandemic, the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve has begun raising the rate toward more typical historical levels in response to high inflation... Read more

HOT TOPIC: Rising Rates Join Long List of Housing Dilemmas

June 2022

Homebuyers braving the hot U.S. housing market have run headlong into a striking transition. The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage jumped from around 3.2% at the beginning of 2022 to 5.3% in mid-May, the highest level since... Read more

Working While Receiving Social Security Benefits

May 2022

The COVID-19 recession and the continuing pandemic pushed many older workers into retirement earlier than they had anticipated. A little more than 50% of Americans age 55 and older said they were retired in Q3 2021, up from about 48%... Read more

Baseball Lessons That Might Help Change Up Your Finances

May 2022

Baseball stadiums are filled with optimists. Fans start each new season with the hope that even if last year ended badly, this year could finally be the year. After all, teams rally mid-season, curses are broken, and even underdogs sometimes... Read more

Planning to Quit Your Job? What to Know Before You Go

May 2022

About 4.3 million U.S. workers quit their jobs voluntarily in December 2021, after a record 4.5 million quit in November — the largest number since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began recording voluntary job separations in December 2020.1 There... Read more

Why Small Businesses Should Pay Attention to Accessibility

May 2022

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which passed more than 30 years ago, made it illegal to deny job opportunities to people based on their disabilities, mandated “reasonable accommodations” to make buildings accessible, and required most private businesses to offer... Read more

Food Inflation: What’s Behind It and How to Cope

May 2022

As measured by the Consumer Price Index for food at home, grocery prices increased 3.4% in 2020, a faster rate than the 20-year historical average of 2.4%.1 More recently, food inflation accelerated by 6.5% during the 12 months ending in... Read more

HOT TOPIC: High Inflation: How Long Will It Last?

May 2022

In March 2022, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the most common measure of inflation, rose at an annual rate of 8.5%, the highest level since December 1981.1 It’s not surprising that a Gallup poll at the... Read more

Flood Insurance: Be Prepared for Rising Waters and Changing Rates

April 2022

Water damage to your home from a leaking pipe, a broken dishwasher, or a hole in your roof — water that comes from the top down — is typically covered by your homeowners insurance policy (up to your policy limits).... Read more

Splurge or Save? Making the Most of Your Income-Tax Refund

April 2022

The IRS issued more than 128 million income tax refunds for the 2020 filing season, putting $355.3 billion into the hands of U.S. consumers.1 For most recipients, such a sudden influx of cash prompts an important question: What’s the best... Read more

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