Financially Empowered Women

March 5, 2023

As we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in March, it seems appropriate to reflect on the progress women have made over the past century in the US, but to also acknowledge that work remains to be done on the journey to the financial empowerment of women. 

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Heart-to-Heart Talk about Money

February 5, 2023

One of the most divisive issues in couples’ relationships is money, so what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to sit down with your loved one and talk about money in a calm, relaxed setting? Now, you don’t have to do it on Valentine’s Day, but use that week and its symbolism of love and couplehood to schedule a time to sit down together, maybe while you are relaxing with a glass of wine.

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Beginning 2023 With Gratitude

January 5, 2023

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

It’s been nearly three years since the Covid-19 pandemic exploded onto the world stage. Since then, we have witnessed the spread of disease, war, social unrest, natural disasters, political tension, inflation, economic upheaval, and massive market volatility. For many of us, there has been a pervasive sense of anxiety and fear. Indeed, as we begin a new year, there is talk of global recession, we have divided government, and many of the past challenges remain unsolved.

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Some Silver Linings of Inflation

December 6, 2022

While much hand wringing and media attention has been focused on the negative aspects of the current bout of high inflation (much of it rightfully so), from a spirit of optimism, we’d like to take a few moments to focus on the positive aspects of higher inflation. Yes, from an economic and individual taxpayer perspective, there are a several benefits of increased inflation. Here are a few silver linings of higher inflation.

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Making Sense of Health Savings Accounts

November 5, 2022

Many of us have heard that Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are excellent vehicles to pay for healthcare costs. In fact, according to research compiled by Devenir, as of June 30, 2022, there were about 28 million HSA accounts. Additionally, total funds in HSAs grew to $98 billion at year-end 2021 from $45 billion in 2017. Clearly, the word’s gotten out about the benefits of HSAs. However, questions remain about the nuts and bolts of using these accounts and how individuals and families can maximize their benefits. This article reviews the most prominent features of HSAs while exploring some of their lesser-known benefits.

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October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Simple Tips to Keep You Safe Online

October 5, 2022

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – observed every October – was created as a collaborative effort between government and business to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. As part of this annual campaign, we want to share tips and best practices to ensure you’re doing everything possible to secure your personally identifiable information online. Read more

Unpacking the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

September 8, 2022

As of August 16th, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. This legislation is the culmination of months of negotiations between congressional democrats. The IRA is the largest-ever investment to tackle climate change, with roughly $370 billion dedicated to curbing harmful emissions and promoting green technology.

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Taming The Bear: Making Sense of the 2022 Downturn

June 6, 2022

After an abnormally calm 2021, which saw stock markets reach all-time highs, the major stock indices are sharply lower in 2022. Volatility has returned to the market as concerns over interest-rate tightening, inflation, supply shocks, economic growth, and geopolitical events have dampened last year’s market exuberance. Read more

Mastering the New Travel Realities

April 27, 2022

Our lives have been seriously disrupted over the past two years. Lockdowns, vaccines and face masks have altered life as we knew it. Human beings are resilient, and we’ve adapted to our new reality, but many of us long to resume certain activities such as travel, that were not feasible for much of the past two years. Read more