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Identity-Theft Insurance — Is It Worth It?

Theft

If you have paid attention to the news recently, chances are that you have seen at least one report that mentions a company’s data being breached by cyber hackers. While the possibility of a business being susceptible to such a threat is a serious concern, individuals should be equally wary of hackers aiming to steal their own identity. Continue reading “Identity-Theft Insurance — Is It Worth It?”

GDP: Faster Growth Than Meets the Eye?

GDP

When economists, journalists, and politicians talk about the strength or weakness of the national economy, they cite one main statistic: GDP. The metric, which stands for Gross Domestic Product, singlehandedly quantifies the output of national economies, guides the action of central banks, and acts as the universal benchmark for when economies officially enter and exit recessions. Continue reading “GDP: Faster Growth Than Meets the Eye?”

Leasing Versus Purchasing a Car — What to Do?

Car

Unless you live in an area flush with public transportation, chances are you will likely need to acquire a vehicle of your own multiple times throughout your life. Figuring out what car is the best-fit is never easy, as one must evaluate their financial situation, lifestyle, and well-being to ensure that the automobile will suit them for years to come. Continue reading “Leasing Versus Purchasing a Car — What to Do?”

Making Charitable Donations Directly From Your IRA

Charity

Donating to charity directly from your IRA can have multiple benefits if you are over the age of 70½ and required to make annual withdrawals, known as required minimum distributions (RMDs). These RMDs may end up forcing you to withdraw more than you wish, forcing you to liquidate and possibly increasing your tax burden. Continue reading “Making Charitable Donations Directly From Your IRA”

DOW 20,000 — Does It Matter?

Dow

On January 25th of this year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA/Dow) passed the 20,000 milestone for the first time ever. Seemingly every media outlet began to host discussions regarding whether investors should get back into the marketplace, how much further stocks can go, and a multitude of other investing-related topics. Continue reading “DOW 20,000 — Does It Matter?”

Inaugural Economics

Inaugural

This Friday, Donald Trump will participate in a tradition that has held since April 30, 1789 – the Presidential Inauguration. On that date, George Washington was sworn in by Chancellor Robert R. Livingston in New York City, which was the national capital at the time. While the oath taken by the incoming president has remained largely unchanged over the centuries, almost everything else about the inaugural ceremony has changed. Continue reading “Inaugural Economics”

2016 4th Quarter Newsletter

Condor has sent out its 2016 4th Quarter Newsletter!

What’s Inside:

  • Don’t Forget to Include Memory Loss When Planning for Retirement
  • Top Financial Concerns of Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials
  • I Get So Many Credit Card Reward Offers. How Do I Know Which One to Choose?
  • What Do You Need to Know About Chip-Card Technology?

You can read our online copy by clicking here.

Changes to Social Security

Changes

There are some significant changes to the Social Security program this year which you should be aware of, particularly if you are thinking of retiring soon or already have. One of the most important components of an individual’s retirement plan is the opportunity to receive monthly income from the Social Security program. Over 65 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2015. Continue reading “Changes to Social Security”

Holiday Retail Sales

Retail

Each year, more deals and promotions seem to enter the marketplace in hopes of enticing holiday shoppers to spend more, or even to get them to actually come to the store itself. Expectations on how major retailers will perform and notifications regarding the level of confidence consumers have with the economy are rampant throughout the holiday season. Continue reading “Holiday Retail Sales”