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Where Are We Now? Where Are We Now?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
The economy and individuals continue to struggle this year due to pandemic lockdowns preventing a normal business environment. The latest figures are staggering. [Read More]
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Where Are We Now? Where Are We Now?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
The economy and individuals continue to struggle this year due to pandemic lockdowns preventing a normal business environment. The latest figures are staggering. [Read More]

The New 'Normal' The New 'Normal'
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
Adding to the discomfort, there are some things you can’t control. The stock market is one of them. Stocks are a leading indicator, which is an economic factor that changes before the rest of the economy begins to go in a particular direction. Leading indicators help market observers and policymak [Read More]

Fear Leads to Economic Disruption Fear Leads to Economic Disruption
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
Store shelves are clear of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. In one day, the stock market drops 900 points then goes up 1,000 then ends the trading day down again. “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” are taping without studio audiences. The Federal Reserve makes a surprise rate cut. Penn State [Read More]

Revenues Flat for Penn State Football, Intercollegiate Athletics in 2018-19, as Profits Down $6 Million Revenues Flat for Penn State Football, Intercollegiate Athletics in 2018-19, as Profits Down $6 Million
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Overall revenues for Penn State athletics were $164.5 million in its most recently completed fiscal year, a dip of about $840,000 from 2017-18. Revenues for Penn State football were $105.5 million, an increase of only $244,000. [Read More]

What’s for Dinner? The Big Business of Food Service Continues to Evolve What’s for Dinner? The Big Business of Food Service Continues to Evolve
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
The restaurant industry has also gone through a transition from the rise of food service at convenience store, to changes in how fast food places do business, to chains that operate under corporate conglomerates. [Read More]

Bonds 101 Bonds 101
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Judy Loy
We often talk about bonds and fixed income but don’t elaborate. People were uncertain about what bonds were all about and how they worked. They just think as they get older, they need more of them in their portfolios, usually through bond mutual funds. [Read More]

A Financial Legacy A Financial Legacy
18 weeks 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
20 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
22 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
24 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
26 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
28 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]

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