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Identity-Theft Insurance — Is It Worth It?

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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?”

Leasing Versus Purchasing a Car — What to Do?

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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

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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”

Get in the Holiday Spirit by Giving the Smart Way

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The holiday season is a time filled with the spirit of giving. According to a study from Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, 24% of total donations are made in the small window between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The annual surge in giving has led nonprofits to nickname this period as the “Giving Season.”

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Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold by Scams This Holiday Season

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This isn’t your father’s holiday shopping season. The gradual trend from brick-and-mortar shopping to online has brought unprecedented speed and convenience to the once overwhelming task of finding the perfect gift at the best possible price. Unfortunately, it has also brought out a new generation of thieves and con artists. Here are some simple steps that you can take to ensure you aren’t getting scammed this holiday season.

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Mortgage Rates Are Moving… Should You Refinance?

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Following the election of Donald Trump last Tuesday, expectations for growth and inflation have risen, driven by promises of tax cuts and infrastructure spending. In return, mortgage rates have surged by about 0.25% since the election, according to Bankrate. When taken in context with recent moves in the capital markets and the expectations of a December Fed rate increase, it could easily be concluded that the proverbial switch has been flipped and that the mortgage market has just begun to break out of a prolonged period of low rates.

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Happy Veterans Day

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Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was designated by Woodrow Wilson in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I and the service of our armed service members in that conflict. It is a day of reflection and giving back to the men and women who have given so much for this country. Thankfully, there are many ways that we can show our gratitude.

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Happy Halloween!

As the leaves begin to change and the weather begins to cool, the year’s spookiest holiday approaches. Halloween is a time of fun and frights, as well as a unique combination of business and make-believe. For example, did you know that the U.S. produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins each year? Or that the most popular pet costumes are Bumble Bees, Hot Dogs, and Pumpkins? Check out this infographic from WalletHub for some more statistics on the business- and fun- surrounding the Halloween season.

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