Can We Really Trust Consumer Spending to Save the Economy?

We've all been looking forward to this for months. Vaccines are widely available, mask orders are ending and the country is starting to reopen. This...

It’s Time for a Financial ‘Wake-Up’ Call

Remember all those stories a few years back about how more than half of all Americans couldn't afford to cover and emergency $400 expense?...

Worried About an IRS Audit? Don’t Be

Here’s a surprising side effect to the pandemic: the Internal Revenue Service says it conducted fewer audits last year than it has in at...

Inflation Expectations Just Hit an All-Time High. Should We be Worried?

If "pandemic" and "social distancing" were the concepts of 2020, "inflation" is making a strong case to be the theme of 2021. Not only is...

What You Need to Know About the Fed’s Latest Move

As is often the case, the U.S. Federal Reserve got a lot of attention earlier this week by doing… nothing. On Wednesday the central bank...

Used Cars Are Going for as Much as New Cars Right Now. Here’s Why

You might have heard that the automotive industry is going through a bit of a supply chain issue right now. Components, including critical chips...

Report: Relief Bills Provided Americans with Real Relief

It's impossible to look at the current state of the U.S. economy without considering the impact that last year's relief bills had on everyday...

The Key Social Security Changes You Should Know About in 2021

The only certainties in life are death, taxes… and changes to the Social Security code. What’s changing now? Quite a bit, actually. The full-retirement age...

Gen X Has Debt Problems

While sometimes it feels like the Millennials get all of the attention (both good and bad), it’s currently Generation X -- those who are...

What are the ‘Black Swans’ Telling Us About the State of the Markets?

Here's the fact: the Chicago Board of Options Exchange's SKEW Index, aka the "Black Swan" Index, just hit an all-time high. Some investors are anxious or even...

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