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Is Another Stimulus Plan Really Necessary? Some Economists Don’t Think So

While Congress has seemingly shifted its focus from an additional stimulus package to further assist hard-hit industries, the topic has again been discussed in recent days. And while Democrats are continuing to push for additional stimulus checks and bailouts, there’s some economic experts who think that an additional measures may not even be necessary at … Continue reading “Is Another Stimulus Plan Really Necessary? Some Economists Don’t Think So”

The 2019 Economic Boom is STILL a Strong Case for Trump’s Re-Election

Ask voters what is their top issue during this election year, and the unsurprising answer is all about their pocketbooks and bank accounts. In fact, voters in key swing states rank the economy as a tipping point in deciding the outcome of the next presidential election. As the economy rebounds from the coronavirus slump, the … Continue reading “The 2019 Economic Boom is STILL a Strong Case for Trump’s Re-Election”

Would You Watch Ads for a Cheaper Phone Bill? AT&T Thinks So

Would you be willing to watch an advertisement or look at a pop up ad for a few seconds every so often on your mobile phone if it meant you could save $5 to $10 a month on your cell phone bill? AT&T is betting that the answer – at least from enough of its … Continue reading “Would You Watch Ads for a Cheaper Phone Bill? AT&T Thinks So”

The U.S. Budget Deficit SOARED in August — Highest Since World War II

The Bipartisan Policy Center recognizes that even “in times of economic growth, the federal government has run large and growing budget deficits, near $1 trillion per year.” That was before the COVID-19 pandemic. As lawmakers throw more deficit spending at the pandemic, “federal budget deficits are escalating to levels not seen since World War II.” … Continue reading “The U.S. Budget Deficit SOARED in August — Highest Since World War II”

Some States Are Recovering Faster Than Others — Here’s Why

It seems that all we hear when we turn on the TV, open up the newspaper or log on to a news website is bad economic news because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And to be fair, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of bad news – especially from an economic perspective as millions of … Continue reading “Some States Are Recovering Faster Than Others — Here’s Why”

Workers Are Waiting Too Long to Start Saving for Retirement

Wage earners pay 6.2% of their salary in social security taxes. Employers kick in that same amount. The bad news is that the benefits that accrue from a lifetime of paying into Social Security won’t be enough to support anyone’s retirement lifestyle. Of course, Social Security was never intended to be the only source of … Continue reading “Workers Are Waiting Too Long to Start Saving for Retirement”

Identity Theft is Surging Amid the Pandemic: New Signs to Watch For

With an increasing number of consumers shopping online amid the COVID-19 pandemic comes an increasing number of online security threats that consumers need to be on the lookout for. In fact, experts say that there’s an entire host of online thieves working behind the scenes attempting to hack consumers’ credit cards, bank account information and … Continue reading “Identity Theft is Surging Amid the Pandemic: New Signs to Watch For”

Joe Biden’s Tax Plan: What You Need to Know

In presidential election years, we always like to take a closer look at what certain tax plans will mean for your finances. This presidential election year is no different. While President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law, which represented a significant tax reduction for many middle-class to upper-class Americans, it’s … Continue reading “Joe Biden’s Tax Plan: What You Need to Know”

Exodus Continues As Low-Taxed Florida Draws More Northern Immigrants

When we think about tax shelters, we normally consider investments or charitable contributions that lower a taxpayer’s liability. High earners in New York and elsewhere have a different outlook. They are heading at Florida’s as the best tax shelter and they are moving down I-95 at a rate of about 950 a day. What analysts … Continue reading “Exodus Continues As Low-Taxed Florida Draws More Northern Immigrants”

Report: Most Americans STILL Need to Save More

If you are part of that 40 percent of Americans who are not saving anything—or are not saving enough, think about these rules of thumb as a foundation of any savings plan: 50% of your income should be the maximum amount you spend on necessities—What you need 30% of your income should be dedicated to … Continue reading “Report: Most Americans STILL Need to Save More”

25% of all US Incomes Come From Government Payrolls

25% of all personal income in the United States comes from government payrolls. That means a full quarter of Americans are living off of the earnings of other Americans. Even in the most productive nation on Earth, which we are, or the most robust economy on Earth, which we have — this is not sustainable. … Continue reading “25% of all US Incomes Come From Government Payrolls”

Survey: More Workers Expect to Hold a Job During Retirement

More than half of all Americans expect their retirement years to include some sort of job. According to a new survey from Voya Financial, it’s estimated that nearly 60 percent of Baby Boomers still working expect to still have some sort of income from employment in their retirement. Furthermore, the survey states that 60 percent … Continue reading “Survey: More Workers Expect to Hold a Job During Retirement”

60 Percent of Americans Are Now “Savers”

Whether it’s a change in behavior due to financial hardship or consumers have just taken the COVID-19 pandemic – and the uncertainty that comes with it – as a chance to adjust their spending habits, a new study indicates that more Americans than ever now consider themselves “savers.” According to a survey conducted by CNBC … Continue reading “60 Percent of Americans Are Now “Savers””

Apple and Tesla Stock Splits Are Mixed Investment Opportunities

Apple and Tesla’s stock split has many potential investors scratching their headlines — and understandably so. One the one hand, it looks like an easy buying opportunity. On the other, the move raises predictable uncertainty. A stock split is a decision by a board of directors to increase the number of shares in a company … Continue reading “Apple and Tesla Stock Splits Are Mixed Investment Opportunities”

Lost Employer-Offered Health Insurance? Here’s Where to Turn Next

Over 185 million Americans — or, roughly half of the total population of the United States — rely on employer-provided insurance for their healthcare. Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to keep their plans as businesses have been forced to downsize due to government lockdowns. We’ve talked extensively about the economic challenges that this country … Continue reading “Lost Employer-Offered Health Insurance? Here’s Where to Turn Next”

Is the S&P Betting on a Trump Victory in November?

September is a critical period in the presidential election race. Voters start paying closer attention to things that matter to them. And, yes, it’s mostly about the economy. As a reflection and beacon of the economy, U.S. stocks have bounced back from their coronavirus plunge. They are breaking records as they begin rescuing wage earners’ … Continue reading “Is the S&P Betting on a Trump Victory in November?”

The Fed’s New Approach to Inflation (and How It’ll Help You)

In line for another credit card? What about a home equity loan or some other type of personal loan? If you answered “yes” to either of these now or expect that one of these loans may apply to you at some point in the future, then you’re in luck – and it’s all thanks to … Continue reading “The Fed’s New Approach to Inflation (and How It’ll Help You)”

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