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  • Signs of a Scam and How to Resist It

    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 … Read More

  • Stock Market Risks in the Spotlight

    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 … Read More

  • Unexpected Surge in Renovation Projects

    Home-improvement spending normally lags during recessions, but COVID-19 sparked an unexpected surge in do-it-yourself renovation and maintenance projects. Many households whose finances held up during the pandemic devoted time and money to making … Read More

  • Quarterly Market Review: April-June 2021

    The Markets (second quarter through June 30, 2021) The second quarter began with stocks making solid gains in April. COVID vaccines became available to more Americans. The federal government and several states pushed forward with … Read More

  • Is It Time to Cut Cable?

    An explosion in the number and variety of streaming services, coupled with more time spent at home in the last year, might have you wondering whether it's time to cut the cord … Read More

  • Don’t Let Debt Derail Your Retirement

    Debt poses a growing threat to the financial security of many Americans — and not just college graduates with exorbitant student loans. Recent studies by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College … Read More

  • Can You Fund Your Retirement?

    In January 2021, more than seven out of 10 workers were very or somewhat confident that they would have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years. This was the highest confidence level since 2000 … Read More

  • Five Facts About Fatherhood

    June 20, 2021 marks not only the start of the summer season. It's also Father's Day, a special day to celebrate dear old dad. Here are five facts about fatherhood in honor of … Read More

  • Market Month: May 2021

    The Markets (as of market close May 28, 2021) Stocks were volatile in May, likely a reflection of strength in the U.S. economy as well as concerns about inflation and the timing of when … Read More

  • Building Prosperity: June 2021

    In this issue we cover health coverage for young people, making gifts to children, the pros and cons of IRA rollovers, and how dollar-cost averaging may help build your portfolio. … Read More

  • Retirement Confidence Remains Strong, Despite Pandemic

    Despite the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic, American workers and retirees remain largely optimistic about their financial prospects for retirement. In its annual Retirement Confidence Survey conducted in January 2021, the Employee Benefit … Read More

  • Rising Inflation: Where Will It Go from Here?

    In March 2021, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.6%, the largest one-month increase since August 2012. Over the previous 12 months, the increase was 2.6%, the highest year-over-year inflation rate since … Read More