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Retirement Savings in a Volatile Market

November 2022

If you worry about your retirement investments during market downturns, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, emotions are often the enemy of sound investing. Here are some points to help you stay clear-headed during periods of market volatility. Markets Rebound Historically, even... Read more

HOT TOPIC: What Does a Strong Dollar Mean for the U.S. Economy?

November 2022

In late September 2022, the U.S. dollar hit a 20-year high in an index that measures its value against six major currencies: the euro, the Japanese yen, the British pound, the Canadian dollar, the Swedish krona, and the Swiss franc.... Read more

Passive, Active, or Both?

October 2022

Index funds, which try to match the performance of a particular market index, have drawn increasing interest from investors, but traditional actively managed funds still hold more assets (see chart). There is ongoing discussion in the financial media about which... Read more

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

October 2022

Throughout your life, your financial needs will change, and life insurance can help you meet some of those needs. But how much life insurance do you need? There are a number of approaches to help determine how much life insurance... Read more

Building Financial Resilience

October 2022

Inflation, roller-coaster markets, global events, and life circumstances can test anyone’s fortitude. You may not feel ready to handle these pressure-filled times and might worry about the potential effects on your financial well-being. Fortunately, you can take steps to build... Read more

Donor-Advised Funds Combine Charitable Impact with Tax Benefits

October 2022

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable account offered by sponsors such as financial institutions, community foundations, universities, and fraternal or religious organizations. Donors who itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns can write off DAF contributions in the... Read more

Small Businesses Are Short-Staffed and Overwhelmed

October 2022

COVID-19 kicked off a severe labor shortage — and the most challenging hiring conditions for small businesses in many years. Many owners have had to turn away orders (and revenue), disappoint customers, or work 80-hour weeks to help fill the... Read more

HOT TOPIC: CHIPS and Science Act Aims to Preserve U.S. Technology Edge

October 2022

The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, signed into law on August 9, is bipartisan legislation that provides more than $50 billion in direct financial assistance for companies to increase U.S.-based semiconductor design, research, and manufacturing capabilities. In addition, the... Read more

Dividends for Income and Total Returns

September 2022

John D. Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest Americans in history, loved receiving stock dividends. “Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure?” he once asked. “It’s to see my dividends coming in.”1 There may be many things other... Read more

What the Red-Hot Job Market Means for Workers

September 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic kicked off a severe labor shortage — and quite possibly the most worker-friendly job market in many years. Unpredictable demand shifts exposed pre-existing mismatches between the knowledge and skills of available workers and the tasks for which... Read more

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