Small-Business Growth Has Economic Benefits

A promising way to jumpstart the U.S. economy is by helping more entrepreneurs establish their own businesses. The 30.2 million U.S. small businesses represent 99.9 percent of all businesses in this country. They employ nearly half (47.5 percent) of America’s total workforce.1 If you need…

Clean Living

We frequently hear about the various effects of climate change and how they can be mitigated. It often feels as though households and companies must make significant sacrifices to undo a lot of the damage that’s been done. However, there also are many positive benefits…

What Is The Beige Book?

The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) evaluates a plethora of factors before making any monetary policy decisions at meetings, which generally take place eight times a year. One source that helps inform their policy decisions is the “Beige Book,” which is the informal…

Health Care in America: Overhaul or Tweak?

As we head into the election year, health care continues to be one of the driving political issues. The wide array of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have so far proposed several new health care plan variations. But is there a one-size-fits-all solution for health care…

Why Retirement Portfolio Design Should Be Flexible

There is one predominant reason why retirement portfolio design must be approached differently today than in previous years: There is an infant alive in this world, right now, who is expected to reach age 200.1 That’s the prediction from demographers researching life expectancy trends, according…

How to Invest During a Recession

During the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, the combined U.S. net worth of household and nonprofit organizations dropped from $69 trillion to $55 trillion. Many people didn’t just stop investing — in the wake of the financial crisis they sold positions in retirement accounts…

Social Security: Facts and Tidbits

The Social Security Administration issues about 5.5 million new cards each year. Social Security numbers go out of use when their owners pass away and are never reused. Also, the first three digits of the Social Security number reflect the application location for your first…

Common Investing Mistakes

In our personal lives, we have a conscience that keeps us from doing not-so-nice things. Sometimes we even get a creepy-crawly feeling when we think someone may be up to no good. Fortunately, there also are some common red flags that warn us about things…

Affordable Housing a Challenge for many Americans

If you live in or have recently visited one of America’s larger cities, you may have noticed that the homeless problem has grown in recent years. A 2018 analysis by real estate data company Zillow showed that while the level of homelessness has declined nationally…