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A Financial Legacy A Financial Legacy
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
When people think of a financial legacy, they believe working with an attorney on an estate plan will suffice. The reality is much more complicated. Many people, from young to old, dislike talking about money but talking and educating yourself and your family and friends about your wishes and values [Read More]
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A Financial Legacy A Financial Legacy
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
When people think of a financial legacy, they believe working with an attorney on an estate plan will suffice. The reality is much more complicated. Many people, from young to old, dislike talking about money but talking and educating yourself and your family and friends about your wishes and values [Read More]

Financial Changes to Know About for 2020 Financial Changes to Know About for 2020
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
It’s no surprise that the world around us is changing at a rapid pace, and according to Money.com, more than two-thirds of Americans want to start 2020 with a better financial footing. As we turn the page to a new year and new decade, I thought we should discuss some of the financial changes to be [Read More]

HAL 2025 HAL 2025
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
We are only in the first phases of the AI progression in 2019. As we approach the next decade, what can we expect from it over the next 20-plus years? [Read More]

The Year-End Financial Wrap-Up The Year-End Financial Wrap-Up
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
This time of year involves a lot of wrapping. We are wrapping gifts, wrapping up the year, and even wrapping up a decade. With holiday spending in full swing and tax season on its way, you’ll want to include a financial wrap-up, too. Doing this before the end of the year gives you the chance to ma [Read More]

Music to Your Ears Music to Your Ears
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
Just like my musical tastes, a lot has changed in the music industry through the years. When I first listened to music, I would throw a vinyl record (LP) on and listen to it from start to finish. The album was king. Album sales in 1978 were $14.6 billion, with 63.7% coming through sales of LP/EP or [Read More]

Black Friday Finances Black Friday Finances
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
From a financial perspective, holiday shopping accounts for more than a quarter of annual U.S. retail sales so it’s easy to see why businesses like to get the season started so soon. Walmart started its sales on October 25, the earliest they ever have. [Read More]

What to Do for Your Year-End Financial Planning What to Do for Your Year-End Financial Planning
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
The last quarter of the year brings fall, winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides the change of seasons and holiday celebrations, people can do several things to save themselves taxes in 2019 or set themselves up for a successful 2020. [Read More]

Cybersecurity for Your Finances Cybersecurity for Your Finances
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
It’s not uncommon to see a news headline about a data breach at a large company that has the information of nearly every one of us. [Read More]

Let's Talk About It Let's Talk About It
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
When is it okay to discuss money? I would say it’s OK with close friends if you don’t compare yourself to others. All people have different circumstances, values and incomes, and that’s OK. And there are some key points when it's important to honestly discuss finances with family and advisors [Read More]

A Portfolio for All Seasons A Portfolio for All Seasons
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
Your investment portfolio should be prepared for all seasons. Different sectors of the market perform better than others at different times. Even though they cannot be differentiated by season, it still makes sense to have them coexist in your portfolio to capitalize on opportunities when they arise [Read More]

401k vs. IRA 401k vs. IRA
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
401k plans are synonymous with employer retirement plans. While many types of employer plans exist (Simple IRA, Sep IRA and 403b), most employees call their retirement plan a 401k. Many people wonder if they should contribute to their 401k or an IRA. An IRA is an account setup by an individual with [Read More]

What Is the Inverted Yield Curve, and What Does It Mean for the Economy? What Is the Inverted Yield Curve, and What Does It Mean for the Economy?
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
There have been some turned heads this week about the inverted yield curve. Some of you may be asking what is an inverted yield curve? It is a phenomenon in the bond market in which longer-term interest rates fall below shorter-term interest rates and has historically been a warning sign that a rece [Read More]

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