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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

What To Do If You Are Laid Off?

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Unfortunately, there have been mass furloughs and layoffs over the past 30-60 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are out of work and do not know when they are going to go back to work. If you have recently been laid off, there are a few steps I would recommend for you to take. I hope you are able to find another job quickly and I hope with COVID-19 pandemic goes away at some...
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There is an added item that was written up a few days ago in the credit circles. The item has to do with the lender forgiving pay... Read More
Sunday, 03 May 2020 02:55
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Government Financial Assistance for Businesses and Individuals

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The US government is making unprecedented moves to help individuals and businesses during this COVID-19 crisis. Like myself, I am sure you are feeling the effects as our daily life is very different. I know many people are suffering and many businesses are shut down for the foreseeable future. On somewhat of a positive note, the government is trying to scramble and offer assistance for the individuals and businesses that are most effected. Below is a...
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Do You Need an Emergency Fund?

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When everything is going as planned with your finances and life in general, you don’t see much reason to have an emergency fund. It’s easy to believe that everything will remain the same into the future. However, don’t be fooled. Things can and will go wrong, ranging from the current coronavirus pandemic to a necessary home repair. With an emergency fund in place, you have money to fall back on should you need it to get...
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Financial Tips During a Financial Recession

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I think it is fair to say the coronavirus is bringing the U.S. economy to a slowdown, although likely could be a complete halt. Most are predicting a recession for at least this year. In order to prepare for a recession, below are a few tips to help you survive through a recession. Re-evaluate your priorities: During recessionary times, you should re-assess what your goals are. For example, a person that may be going into retirement,...
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Time to take financial control of our lives and for some, live within our means! Scary thought ...
Sunday, 22 March 2020 03:06
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Refinance Opportunities

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While the markets are in turmoil and everyone is in isolation due to the coronavirus, there is some potential positives out there from a personal finance perspective. Given the declining interest rates, this would be a great opportunity to refinance your house. In fact, low mortgage rates are leading homeowners to take cash out of their homes at the highest levels since the financial crisis. This is all due to the fact that the Federal Reserve...
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What is the Difference Between a Bear Market and a Bull Market

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I am sure everyone is watching the stock market very closely. As you hear a lot of terms out there on what kind of market we are in, a lot of financial commentators are stating the bull market is over and now we are in a bear market. A lot of people have asked me, what exactly does that mean? Below is a high level overview of the differences between a bull and bear market. Please...
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Good points to raise our awareness. Remembering back to 2008 when the Dow was around 8500. We are heading that direction. A shake ... Read More
Sunday, 22 March 2020 03:04
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Understanding Stock Market Circuit Breakers

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You might have seen during the last few weeks people have mentioned the stock market decline triggered the circuit-breaker, but you might have no idea what that means. Given how important they are, I wanted to provide a high-level overview. Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to share in the comments section if you think they are a good idea. Circuit-breaker points represent the thresholds at which trading is halted...
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Recent Stock Market Volatility

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Wall Street cannot be calmed down when it comes to the coronavirus. In case you haven’t been watching over the last few weeks, I want to highlight the recent stock market volatility to you. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions in the comments section. Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at 20,180 points, which are just slightly above where they we in January 2016. All major U.S. indices are now in a...
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What is a Run on the Bank?

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These are very unique times, and I hope everyone is staying safe. I will be posting several articles on the recent volatility out there including an overview of the recent stock market declines, what the Fed is doing to try and stop it, and a few similar articles over the next few days. I wanted my first article to be an overview of what is a run on the bank and what kind of impact it...
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Scary article but one that certainly may fit the times. Would add that from where I sit it may be wise to have a cash nest egg hid... Read More
Monday, 23 March 2020 04:33
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How to Save Money When you Have a Young Child

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When it comes to planning for your first baby, it’s hard to find a balance between being budget conscious and feeling as though you are prepared for anything and everything your new baby may need. Here are three lessons (and huge cost-saving tips) that I have learned along the way.    1.     Choose items that will grow along with your child. When it comes to car seats, there are two options: an infant seat, or “bucket”...
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Good reference Blog on the "how to" in keeping financially grounded while experiencing a major change to one's life style!
Saturday, 07 March 2020 04:01
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