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Friday
Jan182019

Government Shutdown Affects Consumer Sentiment

While the U.S Government Shutdown reached its 28th consecutive day, Consumer Sentiment took a dip and fell the most since 2012. Industrial Production numbers came in strong as Mining and Automobile numbers were stronger than expected for December.

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Friday
Jan182019

What Will You Pay for Medicare in 2019?

Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts change annually. Here's a look at some of the costs that will apply in 2019 if you're enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B).

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Thursday
Jan172019

Rumors on Easing Tariffs Boost Market Late Day

Stocks rallied late Thursday following a Wall Street Journal report suggesting that U.S. trade officials were debating pairing back tariffs on Chinese imports to help calm markets. Tariff-sensitive sectors jumped on the report leading all three major indices to close higher on the day.

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Thursday
Jan172019

How can I protect my personal and financial information from credit fraud and identity theft?

If you discover that you are the victim of either of these crimes, you should consider placing a credit freeze or fraud alert on your credit report to protect yourself. We explain in this Question of the Week.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Strong Earnings in Financial Sector Boosts Indices

Markets finished higher as Financial stocks earnings helped to boost major indices. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led the way improving 0.59%, while the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.15%. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.22% with Financials leading and Consumer Staples lagging the most.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

When To Claim a Disaster Loss

If you were an unlucky victim and suffered a loss as a result of a disaster, you may be able to recoup a portion of that loss through a tax deduction. We explain in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Jan152019

Green Finish

Major indexes notched their first day of gains in three sessions led higher by Technology shares. China’s central bank pledged to cut taxes, increase spending, and provide financing to businesses to help spur the economy, while European stocks had a volatile session following Parliament’s vote, which rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal to exit the European Union.

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Tuesday
Jan152019

Women and Retirement Planning

Women can face unique challenges when planning for retirement. We take a look at three of them in this week's Financial Tip.

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Monday
Jan142019

Losses for the Day on Weak Chinese Economic Data

Markets opened the week lower after weak Chinese economic data and the U.S Government Shutdown reached its 24th day on Trump’s quest for tighter border security. Both imports and exports slumped in December for the world’s largest trading nation, and the numbers are likely to pressure China into finalizing a deal on trade.

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Friday
Jan112019

Indices Snap Five Day Streak

As concerns over the government shutdown continue, stocks snapped a streak of five straight days of gains. Slightly in the red, the S&P 500 Index lost 0.01%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.02% and the NASDAQ Composite finished down 0.21% on the day.

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Friday
Jan112019

2019 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

The IRS computes standard mileage rates for business, medical and moving each year, based on a number of factors. We list out the rates and point out an important consideration for businesses in this week’s Business Tip.

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Thursday
Jan102019

Intraday Decline Results in Green Finish

Stocks finished higher for the day despite the S&P 500 Index falling as much as 1% intraday. Comments from Fed President Jerome Powell suggested that the central bank was willing to adjust its pace of rate increases if economic conditions continued to deteriorate.

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Thursday
Jan102019

How do I get a copy of my credit report?

Want a copy of your credit report? We explain the situations that qualify for a free report in this Question of the Week.

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Wednesday
Jan092019

Muted Market Action Resulted in Minor Gains

In the third day of trade discussions in Beijing we heard our first rumblings of the conclusion with the Wall Street Journal reporting the parties had made “progress toward an agreement but (left) the thorniest issues to be resolved in higher-level talks, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.”

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Wednesday
Jan092019

Some Electric Vehicle Credits Are Phasing Out!

The tax credit begins to be phased out for a particular manufacturer’s vehicles when at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles have been sold for use in the United States. What does that mean? We explain in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Jan082019

Stocks Rise on Trade Agreement Hopes

Stocks continued to climb on Tuesday, marking a third straight day of gains for major indices as investors appear optimistic that the United States and China can move forward on a trade deal. Trade talks between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping stretched into a third day today and while there’s not yet an agreement, major indices rose on hopes alone.

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Tuesday
Jan082019

Four Tips for Planning a Career Change

Changing careers can be rewarding for many reasons, but career transitions don't always go smoothly. Your career shift may take longer than expected, or you may find yourself temporarily out of work if you need to go back to school or can't immediately find a job. We list four tips to consider when planning a career change in this week's Financial Tip.

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Monday
Jan072019

First Full Week Begins with Indices Up

Cyclical stocks made a comeback today as the Consumer Discretionary sector rallied to gain 2.36% and lead the S&P 500 higher. The benchmark index gained 0.7% on the day while Utility sector companies fell 0.71% and interest rates increased, albeit slightly.

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Friday
Jan042019

A Green Friday

Indices closed the trading session with gains on Friday. Technology brands led the ascent. Stocks stepped up on better-than-expected employment data. Payrolls increased by 312,000 jobs in December.

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Friday
Jan042019

Is 2019 finally your time to retire?

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains that when small-business owners want to retire, it is not quite as easy as letting your boss know you will be leaving at the end of July. Read the Article