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Consumers expect continued inflation, according to Federal Reserve survey

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Americans expect steep inflation to continue, according to the latest Survey of Consumer Expectations recently released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The median expectation is that the inflation rate ...

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Ready to Play Defense with Your Retirement Savings?

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For most investors, including those saving for retirement, it’s no surprise that markets are subject to up-and-down fluctuations over time. And if you are investing with a long-term perspective, it’s pretty common ...

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Dave Says – Long distance flip?

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Need some financial advice? Debt and income crisis? Pay off the house mortgage first? Check cashing? Taxes? Credit Cards? Check out what folks are asking Dave Ramsey. Long distance flip? Dear Dave, I’ve ...

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How to get cheap (or free) health insurance if you retire early

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I often hear when I first meet with someone that the only reason they are still working is to pay for health insurance until they can get on Medicare at age 65. ...

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U.S. dollar losing 1 percent in value every 30 days

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Your money is losing close to 1 percent of its value every 30 days. That startling revelation was made by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data which released the latest inflation ...

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Thanksgiving to be “most expensive meal in the history of the holiday”

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Last summer, the Biden administration bragged about saving consumers a few cents on their July 4 celebrations. The news for Thanksgiving dinner will not be as good. According to a report published ...

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Manchin, Sinema cave as deal on tax hikes, spending plan announced

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President Joe Biden and Democrat leaders announced Thursday they have reached a deal on their multi-trillion spending plan. The deal, which needed  Senators Joe Manchin  (D-VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), includes more ...

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Gas prices hit high not seen since Obama administration

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The Biden administration has reached another milestone related to its energy policy, say experts. U.S. gas prices have now hit a new seven-year high. As of Oct. 27, the national average for a gallon ...

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How low can rates go?

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Looking back to the start of the century, interest rates have been in decline. Back then the Aggregate Bond Index was paying over 7%. Today? Just 1%. This means in order for ...

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Grocers say get ready for more shortages

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Skyrocketing prices and shortages for most grocery and household products will increase in the coming weeks, according to supermarket officials. From Kansas to Pennsylvania and Florida to Alaska, consumers are in for ...

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What do supply and demand tell us about today’s housing market?

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There’s a well-known economic theory – the law of supply and demand – that explains what’s happening with prices in the current real estate market. Put simply, when demand for an item ...

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Missouri won’t comply with Democrat’s bank snooping plan

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If the Democrat-controlled Congress enacts invasive new bank financial reporting rules, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick will not comply. The proposal being pushed by the Biden administration requires financial institutions to report information ...

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Christian starts bank to counter cancel culture threat to commerce

Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker who traveled the world through his organization to speak to millions about his Christian faith, became a co-founder of a pro-life bank after he was kicked out ...

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Dollar Tree not exactly a dollar in response to inflation crisis

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Dollar Tree is the latest retailer to change its business practices in response to what’s becoming known as the “Biden Inflation Crisis”. The popular store, which until now only sold $1 items, ...

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The government wants banks to share how you spend your money

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In May, the Treasury Department released the Biden administration’s revenue proposals for fiscal year 2022. One aspect of this document that has gone under-reported is the administration’s new plan for reporting requirements for ...

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‘Tax the Rich’: When have we heard that before?

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There’s no need to pile even more scorn on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s “Tax the Rich” dress worn to a $35,000 per head liberal gala. Social critics like Piers Morgan have already ...

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What homeowners need to know before refinancing

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With mortgage rates hovering near three percent, experts say there are still a number of homeowners who could benefit from refinancing. In fact, borrowers who refinanced in 2020 to lower their mortgage ...

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‘401(k) plan owners: Watch out’

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Imagine how you would feel if you were on a sinking cruise ship and couldn’t get off because there weren’t any life jackets or backup boats. Now ask yourself, if you were ...

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Charitable giving hit record high in 2020

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A report on American philanthropy released this week revealed that charitable giving in the U.S. reached record levels last year — in spite of an economy that saw paychecks slashed and unemployment ...

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A look at the housing supply and what it means for you

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One of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, the current housing supply reveals there are many more potential buyers than there ...

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Dave Says – Let kids make mistakes

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Need some financial advice? Debt and income crisis? Pay off the house mortgage first? Check cashing? Taxes? Credit Cards? Check out what folks are asking Dave Ramsey. Let kids make mistakes (and learn ...

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One reason why ‘target dated’ funds haven’t done well for over a decade

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There’s a reason why we often refer to target date funds as ‘target dated’ funds. These types of investments rely on portfolio construction techniques to decide what to own based on decades ...

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China, digital currency, and the ‘mark of the beast’ linked says CEO

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China is on the cusp of launching a digital currency that will give the communist regime total control over the Chinese people. The move has huge implications for the rest of the ...

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State job growth linked to political party in power

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A study by personal finance company Wallet Hub finds all 10 states with the worst job growth have policies led by Democrat governors. All states with the best job growth are Republican-led ...

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Amazon loses advantage with new Missouri sales tax

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Online retailers such as Amazon will lose the sales tax advantage over local businesses as a new Missouri law goes into effect. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation that will allow Missouri-based ...

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