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3 Types of Checks the IRS Issued This July and Who Got Them

The IRS has been keeping busy this summer by not only sending out millions of individual income tax return refunds, but also three additional types of checks that many Americans are set to receive. Some will get this additional money via direct deposit and others will receive a check for their payment. Here are the … Continue reading “3 Types of Checks the IRS Issued This July and Who Got Them”

5 Financial Lessons Recent College Grads Have to Learn Now

While a good bit is definitely learned in college, unless finance or business was the main course of study, recent grads may need a little help when it comes to how to manage money, approach credit, and remain as debt-free as possible. Here are five financial tips for those who have recently graduated to help … Continue reading “5 Financial Lessons Recent College Grads Have to Learn Now”

3 EASY Ways to Lower Your Monthly Bills as the Economy Staggers

If you are like most people, a little extra money in your bank account can always come in handy. That being said, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have a few extra dollars left over each month without having to make drastic lifestyle and budget changes? With these simple tips, you can increase your … Continue reading “3 EASY Ways to Lower Your Monthly Bills as the Economy Staggers”

Summer Activities That Can Help (and Hurt) Your Taxes

Weddings. Vacations. Summer camps. What do the aforementioned three activities have in common? Answer: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and various gathering restrictions, there were very few of them in 2020. But now that vaccines are here, gathering limits have been largely lifted and everything is back open again. Even with ongoing challenges from COVID … Continue reading “Summer Activities That Can Help (and Hurt) Your Taxes”

College Tuition Insurance: is it Actually Helpful?

It seems like there’s an insurance policy for everything these days. In addition to the basic policies like homeowners, auto and life insurance, you can purchase policies on rental cars, rental bikes, rental properties, vacations and more. One type of insurance that’s beginning to increase in popularity is college tuition insurance. Being that schools only … Continue reading “College Tuition Insurance: is it Actually Helpful?”

The Fed Wants You to Work More and Earn Less

The Fabian Society, Machiavelli, and Sun Tzu all had one thing in common. They pondered the philosophy of waging all-out war without the use of force. Their techniques were, first and foremost, about deception, manipulating the language, ideological subversion, and the slow and steady erosion of morals and standards until the enemy is passive, morally … Continue reading “The Fed Wants You to Work More and Earn Less”

What Will it Take for the Enhanced Child Tax Credit to Become Permanent?

On Thursday, July 15, roughly 35 million American families woke up to see a little bit extra in their bank accounts. This extra, enhanced child tax credits made possible by the American Rescue Act that was passed down party lines earlier this year, calls for an extra $1,600 for qualifying families with children under the … Continue reading “What Will it Take for the Enhanced Child Tax Credit to Become Permanent?”

Is the Delta Variant Reason to Extend Unemployment Benefits?

After months of declining numbers and some experts believing that COVID-19 cases may be in permanent decline, they’re back on the rise – and it’s all thanks to the more contagious Delta variant. Believed to be some 40 to 60 percent more contagious than other strains of COVID-19, cases are rapidly increasing in areas with … Continue reading “Is the Delta Variant Reason to Extend Unemployment Benefits?”

What is a Cash-Out Refinance and What are the Risks?

The numbers are officially in for the first quarter of 2021, and some surprising financial trends are beginning to take shape. One interesting trend is the number of Americans who are tapping into their home equity through cash out refinances. According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, the amount of home equity … Continue reading “What is a Cash-Out Refinance and What are the Risks?”

Auto Loans and Credit Card Applications are at Record Highs — Here’s Why

As more states begin to open up and pandemic restrictions begin to lift, consumer confidence is also rising to record highs. One important sign? Americans are borrowing again: New auto loan originations, personal loans, and general use credit cards are up 39% this April compared to last year. And the gains aren’t only attributable to … Continue reading “Auto Loans and Credit Card Applications are at Record Highs — Here’s Why”

Should You Opt Out of Child Tax Credit Payments?

Made possible by the American Rescue Plan that was passed earlier this year, eligible American families will now receive enhanced child tax credits. As we’ve noted in the past, qualifying families are due to receive a $3,600 credit for children under 6 and $3,000 for children ages 6-17. That’s up $1,600 and $1,000 from previous … Continue reading “Should You Opt Out of Child Tax Credit Payments?”

There Likely Won’t Be Another Unemployment Tax Break: How to Plan

With hiring at seemingly record highs, many states are rolling back or adding stipulations if out-of-work Americans want to continue to receive the enhanced unemployment benefits made possible by the American Rescue Plan. As you may recall, these enhanced benefits are set to last through early September for qualifying Americans. As a result of this … Continue reading “There Likely Won’t Be Another Unemployment Tax Break: How to Plan”

Even the Feds Are Surprised by Record Inflation Spikes

Over the last year and a half, as businesses have been demolished by sweeping Coronavirus lockdowns, more money than at any period in recent memory has been printed by the federal government. More accurately, this money has been “printed” by banks under the direction of the Federal Reserve. The result of this pincer attack on … Continue reading “Even the Feds Are Surprised by Record Inflation Spikes”

Nancy Pelosi Strikes It Rich & Sends the Cops to Your House

Venture capitalist Paul Pelosi is making some big moves on the stock market these days, now that his wife Nancy is back in charge of the House of Representatives. Maybe he’s just one of those really smart gamblers! Not to worry, though. Fox News talked to some other Democrats in Congress, and they all say … Continue reading “Nancy Pelosi Strikes It Rich & Sends the Cops to Your House”

Traveling this Summer? Expect Significantly Higher Prices

If your summer plans include travel this year, beware of sticker shock. The national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.13 according to AAA’s national gas tracker. That’s a whopping 44% increase from last summer and a 7-year high. However, we’re not just talking about the high price of gas either. Hotel … Continue reading “Traveling this Summer? Expect Significantly Higher Prices”

April Home Prices Hit Highest Levels in Three Decades

Housing prices across the country just keep going up. In April, home prices rose 14.6% year over year, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index. “April’s performance was truly extraordinary,” said Craig J. Lazzara, Managing Director and Global Head of Index Investment Strategy at S&P DJI. “The 14.6% gain in the National … Continue reading “April Home Prices Hit Highest Levels in Three Decades”

Auto-IRA Programs: What You Need to Know

Are Americans prepared for retirement? Though retirement accounts have improved in recent years, the answer for many Americans is “no.” In fact, about 50 percent of all Americans report that they are currently struggling or believe they will struggle with their retirement funds. It’s why most financial experts strongly advise that Americans diversify their investment … Continue reading “Auto-IRA Programs: What You Need to Know”


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