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Five tips for buying your first home

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Low interest rates and a desire for more space as COVID-19 led people to spend more time at home are boosting demand for homeownership. According to the National Association of Realtors, home ...

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Nearly 1/3 of investors 65+ sold at the stock market bottom

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Typically when you fail to plan, you are planning to fail, and that applies to the stock market. It’s best to have a plan before trouble comes, rather than make emotional decisions ...

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Inflation in May matches that of the Great Recession

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U.S. inflation is now at its highest level since the Great Recession of 2008. The Labor Department released additional data on Thursday showing that prices for May rose 5 percent from a year ...

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What the proposed $6 trillion Biden budget means for your future

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History will not remember President Biden for his frugality but it may for his budget. The president has already signed into law a massive multi-trillion-dollar “COVID” stimulus spending package and proposed trillions ...

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Restaurant menu prices rise over food costs

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Skyrocketing inflation is hitting restaurant owners hard with both chains and local establishments raising menu prices. Restaurant managers are seeing price increases of up to 300% on some items used in the ...

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Missouri saw whopping 26% loss of all small businesses during Covid

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A new report finds that the biggest casualty of Covid lockdowns across the nation was small businesses. The report says that 26% of all small businesses in Missouri closed, with an unknown ...

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Where do experts say the housing market is headed?

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As we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. From Kansas City to Miami, Phoenix ...

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Dave Says – Dealing with debt collectors

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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.   Dealing with debt collectors   ...

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Governors ending federal unemployment bonus to get people to work

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Ongoing federal unemployment benefits are discouraging many workers from returning to work. Several Republican governors are ending these benefits early to help businesses struggling to find help. A recent analysis by University ...

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Businesses are closing for lack of workers. Here’s why

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Across the country an unintended consequence of Covid relief are having serious repercussions in both big and small businesses. It’s now at a crisis level as a shortage of workers grows. For ...

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Why your grocery bill will continue to get bigger

Americans spent a lot of money on grocery bills over the past year—and it isn’t just because they were eating more meals at home. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food ...

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How to avoid the new tax increase on retirement accounts

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Last month we discussed the SECURE Act and its projected $15.7 billion tax increase on beneficiaries of tax deferred retirement accounts (like 401(k)s, 403(bs), TSPs, IRAs, etc.). The only ones excluded from ...

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Dave Says – Push the pause button

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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.   Push the pause button Dear ...

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Multi-generational homes are back. Here’s why

The housing market is not keeping up with the supply needed to meet demand, and as a result prices are skyrocketing, in part because of record high lumber prices that have driven ...

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Home sales dip as uncertainty grows over taxes, spending

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Is the 4-year housing boom coming to an end? That possibility has some worried as home sales fell more than expected in February and the Biden administration moves forward with a massive ...

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Attorneys general from 21 states challenge part of Democrat stimulus bill

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Attorneys general from 21 states are challenging the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill as an “unprecedented and unconstitutional infringement” on state sovereignty. Deep in the bowels of the 5,500-page bill is language that ...

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Is it a good time to sell my house? Tips for homeowners

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Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to ...

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Where does your state compare to those with highest tax rates?

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A new report lists the states with the lowest and highest tax rates. A survey by WalletHub  found that four blue and one red state topped the list. Illinois came in as ...

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What is the ‘7% guaranteed’ annuity myth?

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One of the most common things I hear from people who own or have been pitched an annuity is the belief that the annuity will “earn 7% guaranteed.” Usually this is due ...

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Dave Says – This lady’s getting it done!

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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.   This lady’s getting it done! ...

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The new $15.7 billion tax on retirement accounts

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We have a saying around our office that retirees are one of the highest and most unfairly taxed groups out there, and with the recent passage of the SECURE Act things are ...

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Don’t play politics with your portfolio

Did the outcome of the election make you really happy and excited? Or did it leave you concerned, especially when it comes to your investments? Either way, you shouldn’t play politics with ...

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Pastor to George W. Bush sentenced for investment fraud

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Houston Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, who was a close and prominent advisor to President George W. Bush, is going to prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar investment scam. In addition to his ...

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Trump ban on social media costs tech giants more than $50 billion

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The decision to ban President Donald Trump from Facebook and Twitter has caused the two companies to lose a combined $51.2 billion in market value. A large number of pro-Trump, conservative, and ...

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Giving Tuesday sees more than $2.5 billion raised

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Some 35 million Americans gave a total of $2.5 billon on Giving Tuesday to causes of all kinds, including $808 million in donations made online. Donations increased overall by 25% from the ...

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