Archive for the Finance Category

Mortgage Matters

The question on many people’s minds during an election cycle besides which presidential candidate is going to take the reins of our great nation is how will mortgage rates be affected during a presidential election year. Many people are unsure if they should refinance or buy a

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5 Tips for Refund Season

5 Tips to Protect Your Identity and Celebrate Refund Season

The holidays may be over, but refund season is just beginning, and there’s a lot to celebrate. This tax season, while consumers are eagerly awaiting their refund, tax preparation companies, tax officials and the IRS are working together to combat one of the fastest growing threats for

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4 Ways to Spread Cheer and Save Your Wallet this Holiday Season

The holiday season is often dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many Americans, it can be an incredibly stressful time financially. The National Retail Federation predicts a 4.1 percent increase in sales this year, with the average American set to spend an estimated

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Roadmap to Retirement

4 Steps to Living a GREAT Life By Angie M. Grainger, CPA/PFS, Certified Financial Planner® I know it sounds like such an easy thing, retirement, but moving toward retirement means stepping into a new phase of life.  And quite frankly, many don’t find it that easy. Finally, the

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Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2015

Social Security Benefits

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January

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