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Sunday, 25 August 2013 00:00

US Debt Limit: Questions and Answers

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As August 2 approaches, you'll likely hear increasingly urgent debate over the nation's debt ceiling. That's the approximate date by which the Treasury estimates it will no longer be able to borrow under the current $14.3 trillion limit. Treasury officials have warned that if the Treasury can no longer borrow money, the U.S. might default on its existing obligations--in other words, be unable to make payments it already owes, whether those be for Treasury securities or government programs.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 00:00

Market Volatility and Your Emotions

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When dealing with a volatile market, sometimes the most difficult challenge is to manage your emotions. If you decide you need to re-examine your game plan, it should be done with as much care as you put into developing that plan in the first place. Your financial professional may be able to help you decide if any of the following may be appropriate for you.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 00:00

Who Needs a Financial Advisor?

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The simple answer to that question is, probably you. Often people who most need financial advice do not realize it until it is too late.

Just like going to the doctor for an annual physical, a “financial check-up” can prevent future disaster. 

As any doctor would say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Having a plan in place to prepare for retirement and future spending needs greatly increases one’s chances of success.  For some people, the prospect of hiring somebody else to put that plan together or make decisions to ensure that plan is executed can be disconcerting.  Perhaps you have been religiously watching Jim Cramer and are confident that you can do this whole investing and preparing for retirement thing alone.  Or maybe you heard Oprah say that financial advisors are crooks.  With so much conflicting information, it comes as no surprise that people are hesitant to seek advice.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 00:00

Health-Care Reform: Looking Back and Ahead

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Three years ago, on March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. While several substantial provisions don't take effect until 2014, many of the Act's requirements already have been implemented, including:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has found itself at the center of recent political controversy in Washington. As a result, many Americans may find themselves wondering more about this federal agency and what its role may be in protecting consumers.

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