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Money Matters

November 20, 2018

To help combat chronic poverty, some think tanks and economists have pitched the idea of a universal basic income (UBI), issued by the government. In the words of the 1980s band Dire Straits, UBI is essentially “money for nothing.” Proponents suggest that if every American adult received $1,000 a month to do with whatever they…

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Insights Into Medigap

October 30, 2018

Many Americans who enroll in original Medicare also purchase a supplemental insurance policy, colloquially known as “Medigap.” Medigap covers some or all of the out-of-pocket costs associated with original Medicare — deductibles, copayments and coinsurance — helping to reduce financial risk. However, there is a wide array of Medigap plans with a variety of different…

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Odds for Divorce

October 23, 2018

Every couple who decides to marry runs some risk of divorce in the future. The only way to definitively avoid divorce is to remain single, but plenty of people are willing to take their chances. Among the many unintended consequences of divorce is the toll it can take on a couple’s finances. Of divorced women,…

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Travel Ideas: Travelers Benefit from Industry Trends

October 9, 2018

Many areas of the U.S. experienced sweltering heat throughout this past summer. As the seasons change, now is a great time to take a vacation and enjoy the cooler air. Plan to get away If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, consider locations not necessarily off the beaten path but adjacent to popular hotspots. For…

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Job Trends

August 14, 2018

For decades, young people were told college was the surest route to financial success as an adult. Get a degree, get a good job. However, this formula seems to be broken. During the recession, jobs for recent college graduates were scarce, causing many to continue their higher education and sink deeper into student loan debt.…

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Family Business Considerations

July 24, 2018

  Family businesses that manage to survive generation after generation leave not only a family legacy, but also the potential for tremendous wealth. For example, Arkansas-based Walmart is presently the largest business in the world in terms of revenue, earning more than $485 billion in 2017. In 1992, founder Sam Walton passed away and left…

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The Psychology of Economics

July 17, 2018

  Countries with a longstanding track record of economic stability and security tend to have the happiest citizens, reports journalist Dan Buettner, who has studied what makes people happy. Education and health care are two primary reasons why, combining to create an upwardly mobile lifecycle.1 Mothers with higher education levels tend to have fewer children,…

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Consider Having a Backup Plan

June 28, 2018

When looking ahead in anticipation of Social Security benefits, many people expect to wait until an average age of 66 to make a claim.1   However, Nationwide Retirement Institute’s fifth annual Social Security survey found many retirees start drawing Social Security at the earliest possible age of 622 — frequently the result of being laid…

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Notes on U.S. Infrastructure

June 13, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given the U.S. an overall infrastructure grade of D+. Throughout the next decade, it will take more than $4.5 trillion to fix our aging infrastructure — including upgrades to roads, mass transit, wastewater treatment plants and the electrical grid.1 We’ve reached the mission-critical stage. One industry analyst observed,…

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Music Plays Instrumental Role in Healing Ailments

June 6, 2018

Hearing a familiar song from a happy period in your life, such as childhood, can instantly make you feel joyful. It’s as if you’re right back there — toe tapping, head bopping and singing along. Just as with our sight, smell and taste senses, positive auditory memories can enhance mood and transport us back to…

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