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Child Tax Credit for 2021: Will You Get More?

September 2021

If you have qualifying children under the age of 18, you may be able to claim a child tax credit. (You may also be able to claim a partial credit for certain other dependents who are not qualifying children.) The... Read more

Following the Inflation Debate

September 2021

During the 12 months ending in June 2021, consumer prices shot up 5.4%, the highest inflation rate since 2008.1 The annual increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) — often called headline inflation — was due in... Read more

What a Relief! Congress Acts Against Surprise Medical Bills

September 2021

If you have ever been caught off-guard by a large medical bill, a long-running practice known as balance billing might be the reason. A balance bill — which is the difference between an out-of-network provider’s normal charges for a service... Read more

HOT TOPIC: Too Hot to Handle: What’s Ahead for the U.S. Housing Market?

September 2021

The U.S. housing market, already strong before the pandemic, has heated up to record levels in 2021. The Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which measures home prices in 20 major metropolitan areas, reported a 12-month increase of 18.6% in... Read more

Signs of a Scam…and How to Resist It

September 2021

Although scammers often target older people, younger people who encounter scams are more likely to lose money to fraud, perhaps because they have less financial experience. When older people do fall for a scam, however, they tend to have higher... Read more

A More Affordable Life Insurance Solution

September 2021

Many people allow their life insurance policies to expire once their children are grown. This may not be a good idea, especially if you have a mortgage or other substantial expenses and your spouse would need continued financial support. But... Read more

HOT TOPIC: Antitrust Crackdown Aims to Increase Competition

August 2021

In July, the president issued an executive order intended to “combat excessive consolidation of industry, abuses of market power, and the harmful effects of monopoly.” More than a dozen federal agencies were directed to begin working on 72 initiatives that... Read more

Concerned About Inflation? Consider TIPS

August 2021

Inflation has been relatively low for the last decade, but the economic stimulus packages and recovery from the pandemic are expected to heat up the U.S. economy.1 Even so, the Federal Reserve has indicated it will let inflation run above... Read more

Crisis Averted? Financial Help for Struggling Renters and Landlords

August 2021

By one estimate, U.S. landlords were owed about $57 billion in unpaid back rent at the beginning of 2021. The average household that fell behind owed about four months of rent, or $5,600. Altogether, more than 10 million U.S. families... Read more

Company Stock and Your Retirement Strategy

August 2021

The opportunity to acquire company stock — inside or outside a workplace retirement plan — can be a lucrative employee benefit. Your compensation may include stock options or bonuses paid in company stock. Shares may be offered at a discount... Read more

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