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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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Unemployment ticks up even as more jobs added

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The nation’s unemployment ticked up in June as the economy struggles with hiring, surging inflation and fear over the cost of the Biden infrastructure plan. The unemployment rate jumped to 5.9 percent from ...

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Gas prices highest since 2014

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If you are traveling for Independence Day, you’ll pay the highest rate for gas in seven years. To make matters worse, experts say there’s no end in sight for rising prices. The ...

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19 ways to be generous this summer

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Although summer is a great time for vacation, generosity is always in season. The National Christian Foundation shared 19 ways to be generous this summer. Talk to strangers: Look for an opportunity to ...

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Dave Says – Try to help him, but move slowly

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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. Try to help him, but move ...

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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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