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HOT TOPIC: Hostage Data: Ransomware and Protecting Your Digital Information

July 2021

On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline, which carries almost half of the East Coast’s fuel supply from Texas to New Jersey, shut down operations in response to a ransomware attack. Colonial paid a $4.4 million ransom not long after... Read more

Stock Market Risks in the Spotlight

July 2021

During March 2021, the widening availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, signs of improving economic conditions, and a third, $1.9 trillion stimulus package brought about more optimistic growth projections. Even though a healthy economy could be good news for many businesses and... Read more

Corporate Debt: Are Juicier Yields Worth the Extra Risk?

June 2021

In response to a pandemic-induced sell-off in March 2020, the Federal Reserve announced that it would purchase corporate bonds, including riskier junk bonds, as part of its effort to stabilize the financial markets. Fed bond buying, along with a pledge... Read more

Your Business: New Rules for Writing Off Restaurant Meals

June 2021

A provision in the December 2020 stimulus bill allows businesses to deduct the full cost of food and beverages provided by a restaurant in tax years 2021 and 2022. The standard deduction for most business meals had been limited to... Read more

HOT TOPIC: Shortages and Bottlenecks Expose Weak Links in U.S. Supply Chains

June 2021

U.S. consumers won’t soon forget the troubling shortages of personal protective equipment during the early days of the pandemic, or when the first stay-at-home orders spurred panic buying and stress-inducing shortages of toilet paper, cleaning products, and food. Now, as... Read more

New Changes to College Financial Aid and Education Tax Benefits

June 2021

In late December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, another relief package in response to the pandemic. The bill included several provisions related to education, including $22.7 billion for colleges and universities. Here are some key highlights. Simplified... Read more

How Well Do You Understand Retirement Plan Rules?

June 2021

Qualified retirement plans, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, have many rules, and some of them can be quite complicated. Take the following quiz to see how well you understand some of the finer points. 1. You can make an unlimited... Read more

Is the Medicare Donut Hole Really Closed?

June 2021

You may have heard that the coverage gap for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage — commonly known as the donut hole — closed in 2020. While it’s true that recent changes should reduce costs for many beneficiaries, the coverage... Read more

Real Estate for Income and Diversification

May 2021

An estimated 145 million Americans own real estate investment trusts (REITs) in their retirement accounts and other investment funds.1 The primary appeal of REITs is the potential for a consistent income stream and greater portfolio diversification. Of course, like all... Read more

Five Tips to Follow When Applying for a Mortgage

May 2021

The housing market during the coronavirus pandemic has certainly been notable. Historically low interest rates resulted in record homebuying, even as housing prices escalated.1 Fortunately, the mortgage industry has been able to keep up with the pace of the real... Read more

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