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Birthday Opportunities

October 2017

The most common month to be born in the United States is September. September 9 is the most common day, and December 25 is the least common day.1 Of course, every birthday is special, no matter when it falls on the calendar. And some birthdays bring new benefits or responsibilities. See whether you can match… Read more

HOT TOPIC: After the Storms: The Economic Impact of Harvey and Irma

October 2017

As Texas and Florida recover from the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, economists and industry experts have begun to assess the economic impact of the storms on a local and national level. It may take years for the effects to become clear, and the loss of life and human suffering are beyond calculation. But… Read more

Keeping Up with Quarterly Taxes

September 2017

As of 2015, there were roughly 15 million self-employed people in the United States. About 9.5 million had not incorporated their businesses, while the remaining 5.5 million had incorporated.1 Either way, most of these entrepreneurs and freelancers don’t have an employer that withholds taxes for them. Sole proprietors, S corporation shareholders, and other self-employed individuals… Read more

Estate Planning: Life Insurance Options for Leaving a Legacy

September 2017

By definition, term life insurance policies come to an end. But permanent policies such as whole life insurance typically provide a lifetime death benefit, regardless of your health, as long as you pay the premiums to keep the policy in force. Thus, a whole life or survivorship life policy could play an important role in… Read more

New Math for Social Security

September 2017

In 2017, Americans born in 1955 become eligible to claim Social Security benefits at age 62. Claiming benefits before reaching full retirement age results in a permanently reduced benefit, so it requires careful consideration. But for those born in 1955 or later, the math for claiming at any age is different than it was for… Read more

Insuring Your College Student

September 2017

Almost 18 million undergraduates are expected to enroll in U.S. colleges and universities in the fall of 2017.1 Sending a student off to college can be hectic — and insurance might not be at the top of the to-do list. But every college student has insurance needs that should be addressed. Health Insurance Health policies… Read more

Buying and Selling: Trading Basics

September 2017

The New York Stock Exchange Group averaged more than 7.4 million trades per day in 2016, with an average of almost 1.8 billion shares changing hands.1 Many of these trades are more complex than most investors need to consider, but it may be helpful to understand some basic terms and types of trades. Bid and… Read more

HOT TOPIC: Brick-and-Mortar: The Precarious Fate of Traditional Retail

September 2017

The rise of e-commerce has been a disruptive force in the retail sector. In fact, 5,300 store closings were announced in the first half of 2017 — about three times as many as during the same period in 2016. At this pace, the 2017 total should easily exceed the 6,163 store closings in 2008, the… Read more

Social Media Marketing Strategies

August 2017

According to a 2016 survey, about three-fourths of small businesses have used social media for marketing purposes or were planning to start doing so in the coming year.1 Established networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Yelp are already well known, although Facebook is the most widely used. However, newer platforms (such… Read more

Demographic Dilemma

August 2017

It’s no secret that the demographic profile of the United States is growing older at a rapid pace. While the U.S. population is projected to grow just 8% between 2015 and 2025, the number of older Americans ages 70 to 84 will skyrocket 50%.1 With roughly 75 million members, baby boomers (born between 1946 and… Read more

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