3 Strategies That Will Stretch Your Retirement Savings

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If you are nearing retirement, but you feel as though you are not prepared enough, it is not too late to make changes. There are options to help ensure you are more prepared for retirement that do not require winning the lottery, inheriting a fortune or getting a substantial raise. These include working longer, planning for a part-time encore career, … Read More

America’s $1 Trillion in Credit Card Debt is Terrible News for Our Future

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American consumers have hit a major milestone this summer: we now have the highest amount of revolving credit debt in U.S. history. As of June, Americans had $1.021 trillion in outstanding revolving credit, according to data from the Federal Reserve. That is nearly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Russia. Of the $1.021 trillion in outstanding revolving credit, $1 … Read More

Trump’s “Fire and Fury” Roiled Stocks–But That’s Good For Value Investors

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                  President Trump’s recent spat with North Korea has not only messed with many Americans and their feelings of security, it has also had a measurable effect on our economy. When Trump speaks, the world pays attention. The outsized effects of his words, regardless of your opinion of them, are clearly quantifiable. … Read More

If The GOP Whiffed On Healthcare, Expect the Same On Tax Reform

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After failing at their long-promised goal to repeal the taxes associated with ObamaCare, one has to wonder whether the Republican Party will succeed in implementing any tax reform at all. As William Gale of the Brookings Institution and Tax Policy Center told National Public Radio, “If Trump can’t line up support for healthcare, it’s going to be hard to see how … Read More

Why The AHCA Was Doomed From The Start

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Would the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement have given you a bigger tax break? The short answer is no, but the devil is in the details. On Thursday, July 17, Trump’s American Health Care Act was pronounced dead late that evening. Not only is the original design of the bill flawed, it was destined to fail because the Republicans who pushed … Read More

The Art of the Fake News Reel

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Recently, major news outlets from CNN to Buzzfeed reported on Russian hackers suspected of using fake news on Qatar’s state news to create tension between the U.S. and its allies. This is not the only time the public has been duped by fake news reports, nor is it the only way we our attention is diverted from the real issues at home … Read More

How to Politics-Proof Your Retirement Plan

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Chris Markowski, founder of Markowski Financial Investments in Tampa, Florida, and host of the radio program “The Watchdog on Wall Street,” says he is regularly called upon to weigh in on TV and radio shows about changes in the market. “It’s almost like they want you to come on and scare everyone,” he says. Taking a doomsday approach to the … Read More

The solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis isn’t statehood — it’s default

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In an overwhelming majority, Puerto Rican citizens recently voted in favorof becoming the 51st U.S. state. According to poll results, nearly 97 percent of Puerto Ricans were in favor of statehood. Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, declared the results a clear victory in favor of becoming a state — the solution he preferred. In a televised speech after announcing the results, he said, … Read More

Amazon Prime Discount Warns of a Subsidized Nation

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Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers by offering a nearly 50% discount for those on government assistance. Instead of paying $10.99 per month for Amazon Prime, customers with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card will be able to enjoy Prime for only $5.99 per month. Is this a benevolent attempt to help those in need? Not likely. Cashing … Read More

What Populism Means for the Stock Market

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In recent months, populist sentiment has sprung a few surprises, including the election of President Donald Trump and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Although some populist policies may prove economically sound, those producing trade wars could be a threat. The current mood among populists in the U.S and Europe can be traced back to the global financial crisis … Read More