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Looking Back, Looking Forward

January 2022

The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was imagined as having two faces: one looking toward the past, the other looking toward the future. In a similar manner, economists look in both directions to better... Read more

HOT TOPIC: The Fed Pivots to Fight Inflation

January 2022

On December 15, 2021, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve System made a significant shift in monetary policy in response to rising inflation. The Committee accelerated the reduction of its bond-buying program in order to tighten... Read more

Catalytic Converter Thefts Are on the Rise: Here’s Why

December 2021

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, catalytic converter thefts began to skyrocket during the second half of 2020, and local reports indicate that the trend continued in 2021.1–2 Catalytic converters, the small muffler-like devices that help control pollution from... Read more

Should You Speed Up Your Retirement Plans?

December 2021

According to a March 2021 survey, an estimated 2.8 million Americans age 55 and older decided to file for Social Security benefits earlier than they expected because of COVID-19. This was about double the 1.4 million people in the same... Read more

Year-End 2021 Tax Tips

December 2021

Here are some things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves before the end of the year. Defer Income to Next Year Consider opportunities to defer income to 2022, particularly if you think you may be in a lower... Read more

Is Your Business Eligible for the Research and Development Tax Credit?

December 2021

Has your business encountered and solved technological challenges in recent years? Maybe you invested in software development, re-engineered manufacturing processes, or performed laboratory testing. If so, your business may be eligible for the federal research and development (R&D) tax credit.... Read more

HOT TOPIC: Supply-Chain Chaos: Holiday Edition

December 2021

The supply chain is the network by which products flow from the factories of suppliers to the inventories of retailers so they can ultimately be purchased by consumers. Corporate supply chains have been under pressure since the pandemic began, but... Read more

Balancing Medicare and Work-Based Insurance

December 2021

The number of working Americans age 65 and older dropped by 1.1 million during the first three months of the pandemic and has been slower to recover than other age groups. Even so, more than 10.8 million workers are eligible... Read more

HOT TOPIC: The Budget and the Debt Ceiling: Round 2

November 2021

On September 30, 2021, Congress averted a potential federal government shutdown by passing a last-minute bill to fund government operations through December 3, 2021.1 Two weeks later, another measure raised the debt ceiling by just enough to sustain federal borrowing... Read more

Women Face Challenges in a Post-Pandemic World

November 2021

The COVID-19 economic crisis tested the mettle of all Americans, particularly working mothers. Research shows that the pandemic’s impacts on women have been far-reaching and potentially long-lasting. Now that the U.S. economy is picking up steam, it may be more... Read more

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