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Where Are We Now? Where Are We Now?
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
Due to COVID-19, the United States posted a negative 32.9% annualized rate of GDP for the second quarter of 2020. To put this in perspective, this is the largest drop in U.S. GDP since 1945 (the year World War II ended). In the 2008 “Great Recession,” GDP only dropped 8.4%. Of course, this GDP i [Read More]
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Make a Roadmap for Your New Year's Financial Resolutions Make a Roadmap for Your New Year's Financial Resolutions
83 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
According to a Fidelity Investment survey, nearly one third of Americans have a money-related resolutions for 2019. The beginning of the year is a good time to start planning out your finances for the coming year. Do you have a budget? Rainy day savings? Adequate retirement contributions? I like to [Read More]

Defining Recession Defining Recession
85 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
It seems the news is filled with talk about an upcoming recession in 2019. I overheard a couple speaking about the coming recession over their dinner earlier this week. So, I thought it may be beneficial to discuss recession, define it and the many terms used to describe it. [Read More]

Know Your Options for Financial Gifts and Charitable Giving This Holiday Season Know Your Options for Financial Gifts and Charitable Giving This Holiday Season
87 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
With the holidays and the end of the year approaching, people are thinking about gifts and charitable giving. There are many ways to give, but some ways have more advantages than others. If you are lucky enough to have funds or investments which you feel you can give, here are some various ideas. [Read More]

Managing the Finances of Life Changes Managing the Finances of Life Changes
89 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
There are many changes that take place in our lives. Some we celebrate, some we mourn, some are stressful, and some bring joy. One common denominator for these life changes is most often money. The effects which these changes have on our finances usually causes additional stress. [Read More]

What to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds What to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds
91 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
The typical investor puts money into their retirement plan and sets an allocation of mutual funds to fit their time frame and risk tolerance. Mutual funds have historically been the investment of choice for plans and investors in general, but there is a (relatively) new kid on the block, Exchange-Tr [Read More]

The Scary Side of Finances The Scary Side of Finances
93 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
Haunted houses and scary masks aren’t the only things scaring U.S. consumers today. Many people find dealing with their finances scary or difficult. Whether it’s buying your first home or getting ready to retire, people face many fears with their money. This fear often causes people to just run [Read More]

Annuities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Annuities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
95 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
Depending on what or who you read, annuities are either the best thing for people in retirement or the worst investment option available. In reality, annuities have gotten a bad rap for several reasons. [Read More]

What to Know for Small Business Retirement Planning What to Know for Small Business Retirement Planning
97 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
If you find yourself self-employed or owning a small business with no retirement plan, your next step should be to meet with a financial advisor and develop a plan. A small deposit can add up over time and getting started sooner is key. what options are available to entrepreneurs for retirement plan [Read More]

The Future of Business: Blockchain The Future of Business: Blockchain
99 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
Blockchain technology helped with the emergence of Bitcoin but its potential for business changes is explosive. [Read More]

Is Someone Using Your Child’s Identity? Is Someone Using Your Child’s Identity?
101 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
The Social Security number of a minor child is highly sought after by identity thieves. Getting their hands on a Social Security number of a minor with no credit history allows them to apply for credit cards, rent homes, or even get government benefits. It could be years before a parent realizes tha [Read More]

Retirement Basics Retirement Basics
103 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
As pension plans (defined benefit plans) gave way to 401(k) (defined contribution plans), more and more people now depend on investments for their retirement. There are some simple steps to take that can help you towards a successful retirement. [Read More]

Emotional Investing Emotional Investing
105 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
Market volatility causes many different emotions for investors, including fear, uncertainty and stress. The effect of a short-term decrease in your portfolio’s value can certainly increase your anxiety. This is a natural and understandable reaction. However, we can learn from this emotional experi [Read More]

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