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Friday
Jul202018

Stocks Slip

Indices ended trading fractionally lower on Friday. Gains among financials and consumer staples brands limited declines on the S&P 500.

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Friday
Jul202018

Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance Policies have Changed the Insurance Landscape

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, talks hybrid long-term care insurance policies and how they may be useful for certain investors. Read the Article

Friday
Jul202018

Don't Have a Budget? QuickBooks Online Can Help

The hardest part of creating a budget is getting started. QuickBooks Online provides tools that can jump-start the process. Read all about it in this QuickBooks Tip.

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Thursday
Jul192018

Red Results

Indices closed in red territory on Thursday. Financial brands led decliners amid a variety of economic news. Initial jobless claims decreased last week.

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Thursday
Jul192018

What is the difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit?

Tax deductions and credits are terms often used together when talking about taxes. While you probably know that they can lower your tax liability, they do so in different ways. We explain in this Question of the Week.

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Wednesday
Jul182018

Solar Tax Credit: The Dark Side

Something most potential buyers are unaware of is that the solar credit is a nonrefundable tax credit, meaning the credit can only be used to offset your tax liability. We explain how this could affect you in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Green Zone Finish

Indices landed in the green zone on Tuesday. The Nasdaq closed at a record high, led up by rebounding technology brands. In earnings moves, healthcare brands Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth Group, and Healthcare Services Group reported mixed quarterly data.

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Do I have to accept a bequest I don't want?

If someone left you something in their Will that you don’t want, you have to formally refuse it by making a valid disclaimer. If you don’t, the IRS might come calling. We explain in this Estate Tip.

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Monday
Jul162018

Mixed Session

Stocks ended the session with mixed moves on Monday. The Dow added points while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed in the red zone. Moves were mixed on a variety of economic data.

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Friday
Jul132018

Stocks Step Up

Indices closed in the green zone on Friday. Companies such as United Technologies and Walgreens Boots Alliance led advancers on the Dow.

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Friday
Jul132018

Don’t let Your Investments Coast through Summer

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains that before you get wrapped up in the kids’ back-to-school excitement, tailgating and football season, you need to take the time to review your investments. Read the Article

Friday
Jul132018

Good and Bad News About The Home Office Tax Deduction

The good news: Home-office deduction is still allowed for self-employed taxpayers. The bad news: It's no longer available for employees, at least for 2018 through 2025. Read all about the changes in this week's Business Tip.

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Thursday
Jul122018

Brands Climb

Stocks traded higher on Thursday. Technology brands led the upswing amid a variety of economic news. Consumer prices increased just slightly in June.

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Thursday
Jul122018

Big Changes to the Kiddie Tax 

Beginning in 2018, children’s tax rates are no longer based upon their parents’ top marginal rates. Learn what this means for your child's investments in this week's Tax Tip.

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Wednesday
Jul112018

How can I lower the interest rate on my credit card?

If you have a stable payment history with a creditor, you can often negotiate a lower interest rate. Learn other tactics to lower your credit card interest rates in this Question of the Week.

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Wednesday
Jul112018

Red Results

Indices traded into the red zone on Wednesday. Brands such as Caterpillar, Chevron, and DowDuPont led decliners on the Dow. Stocks slipped on news the Trump administration threatened additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of China-made goods.

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Tuesday
Jul102018

Brands Rise

Brands ticked up on Tuesday. Companies such as Procter & Gamble and Boeing led the Dow's ascent. Meanwhile, Pepsi tacked on 4.6% today after its second-quarter profit exceeded estimates.

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Tuesday
Jul102018

U.S. Savings Bonds: A U.S. Tradition

Unlike T-Bills, notes, and bonds, U.S. savings bonds are not traded on the open market, and are sold almost exclusively to individuals. Learn more about them in this Financial Tip.

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Monday
Jul092018

Stocks Step Up

Stocks stepped up on Monday for the third straight session. Brands including Caterpillar, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Walmart led advancers on the Dow. Stocks climbed in the wake of jobs data optimism.

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Friday
Jul062018

Green Friday Despite Trade War Start

Stocks jumped on Friday following a solid June employment report. 213,000 jobs were added to the economy in June, and the data showed that the number of individuals seeking employment rose as well, forcing the unemployment rate a bit higher but still near an 18-year high.

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