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Happy Fourth of July!

Summer is finally in full swing, which means America’s birthday is right around the corner. The Fourth of July marks the festive occasion when Americans can gather with their friends and family to celebrate America’s independence and enjoy summertime fun. This weekend, 64.5% of Americans will attend a social gathering such as a barbecue or picnic. Just remember to be safe this holiday and from all of us here at Condor Capital, have a happy Fourth of July! Additionally, check out the infographic from WalletHub below to learn more about the numbers pertaining to the upcoming festivities:

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Condor Capital Management Highlights What Not to Keep in Your Wallet

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Your bulging wallet is doing more than just burning a hole in your pocket. It also acts as the key for any thief wishing to take over your identity. This is especially noteworthy, since some reports suggest that 1,000 wallets and purses are stolen every two minutes in the United States.

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Condor Capital Management Suggests What to Review When Considering Retirement Abroad

The idea definitely has its merits: Move abroad to a beautiful place and live for a fraction of what it would cost to retire in the United States, especially in light of increasing life expectancies and costs of living. Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, and Thailand are all popular retirement destinations for Americans not only because of their temperate climates, but also for their marginal costs when compared to the United States.

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Condor Capital Management Dissects the Credit Score

MARTINSVILLE, N.J., June 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — When it comes to finance, numbers clearly matter. However, one of the most powerful within the realm of personal finance is a three digit indicator that shows just how worthy of a borrower an individual is – the notorious credit score. We have all heard about it, but what exactly is this and how is it comprised? According to Ken Schapiro of Condor Capital Management, it is a three-digit number that is generated from information collected by credit agencies and paints a picture of how healthy someone’s finances are. By taking a look at this score, lenders have an initial indication on whether or not to extend credit to you for such things as a mortgage or car loan. In addition, if you are approved for credit, your credit score will also be utilized to determine the interest rate that you are charged. Generally speaking, Schapiro says that a good credit score to target is 720 or higher, though all lenders will have different standards to determine what score is optimal for the extension of their services. With so many factors to consider, it is increasingly important to build a strong credit history and work to increase your credit score over time. However, in order to consider ways to increase a credit score, it’s important to know what goes into a credit score is.

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The Cost of “Happily Ever After” Skyrockets for the 5th Straight Year

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With wedding season in full swing, how much consideration have couples really given to the rising costs associated with the big day? When the time comes to plan their wedding, many couples may be surprised, as a recent study completed by The Knot (a wedding planning website) found that for the fifth year in a row, the average price for a wedding increased by 4.6% to $32,641 in 2015. This national average is actually just a fraction of the average cost of weddings in the Northeast. New York City, on average, is the most expensive place to tie the knot; couples pay a whopping $82,299! Northern and Central New Jersey couples open up their wallets as well, with the average cost topping $55,000 on their wedding day.

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How to Cut Costs in the Summer

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Summer is under way, which means prettier weather and uglier energy bills. The winter and summer months feature the highest peaks for energy requirements, with the United States residential sector demand increasing by a whopping 67 billion kilowatt-hours, an increase of nearly 66% from fall and spring usage according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The heat is coming, but here are some of the best ways to help keep those bills down:

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Benefits for Bravery

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday to honor and remember the troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedom and ideals. Every year, this holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in May. This holiday dates back to 1868, after the Civil War, when it was known as Decoration Day because it was a day to decorate the graves of the soldiers who had died in battle. Although Memorial Day is intended to honor those who have lost their lives in war, many institutions take this day to recognize and celebrate all veterans. With Memorial Day coming up, it is time to give back to those who gave everything to our country and make veterans aware of some of the many benefits available to them.

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