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State Rankings and Taxes

Published April 11, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

Wallet Hub has listed taxes by states and broken them down into categories. This analysis attempts to compare the states with each other and it delves deeply into taxation.  Click on your state to see its ranking or click on the WalletHub logo below to go to the full analysis. Many thanks to those at Wallet […]

If You Could Live Anywhere

Published March 28, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? If cities are your cup of tea, then here is some good news. The 2016 Worldwide Cost of Living Report compares the prices of 160 products and services – from food and drink to domestic care and private schools – in cities around the world. It […]

Septuagenarian Milestones!

Published March 21, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

​​Here’s a milestone you don’t reach until your seventies. The major milestones of older Americans are not attended with the same sense of wonder that accompanies the major milestones of younger Americans. Sure, registering for Social Security benefits and signing up for Medicare are rites of passage, but they don’t hold a candle to earning […]

Good News! Maybe?

Published March 14, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

​Here’s some Good News: Healthcare spending is expected to increase more slowly during 2016! It’s projected to grow by 6.5 percent this year, according to a report from PWC. That’s still a lot faster than inflation. The Economist projects overall consumer prices in the United States will increase by 1.2 percent this year.The report suggested […]

An Unequal Inheritance

Published March 7, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

​Are you leaving the same amount to all of your beneficiaries?One-third of all parents with wills have divided their estates unequally among their children, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). The study found bequests in complex families – families with stepchildren or estranged children – are more likely to be unequal. The […]

The Big Mac Index

Published March 2, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

​If you like fast food and a good deal, you can find a really cheap Big Mac in Russia. The Economist created The Big Mac Index 30 years ago as a rough-and-ready gauge of world currencies. The index is based on the idea when currencies are aligned correctly, the same product (in this case, a Big […]

What Could the Next Decade Bring?

Published February 22, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

​Wondering what the next decade may bring? America is renowned for innovation – originating ideas that change the ways in which people live and work. From the cotton gin to the assembly line, the transcontinental railroad to the automobile, the telephone to the Internet, ideas and inventions have spurred America’s economic growth during the past […]

Leaving China?

Published February 16, 2016 in Plan Wisely - 0 Comments

​Capital has been leaving China…When Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee last week, she made no bones about the fact the Fed is keeping an eye on economic developments in China and evaluating the ways in which changing circumstances in the country, including currency devaluation, could affect global growth […]

Setting An Example

Published February 8, 2016 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments

​Setting an example for future generations… Do your children or grandchildren spend summers mowing lawns, repairing computers, or selling movie tickets? Perhaps, they have part-time jobs during the school year, bagging groceries, or working in a local shop. No matter the type of work done, if a young person has earned income, he or she […]