Monthly Archives: February 2016

America Saves Week

February 22 – 27 is America Saves Week, when more than 1,000 non-profit, government and corporate groups promote good savings behavior. In the spirit of this educational campaign, here are some tips to share with children or grandchildren, who are on their own or have disposable income, to help them establish good financial habits. Plan ahead. Create some quantifiable, time-sensitive financial goals. If you don’t have a monthly budget, create one. Resolve to save extra… Read More »

Long-Term Care Alternatives for Boomers

With their sheer numbers and unique approach to life, baby boomers have forever changed the landscape of the country.  Experts predict they will continue to have a dramatic impact going forward as they face the challenges of increased medical needs and concerns over long-term care. Certainly, changes will be required. The country’s medical workforce is already stretched, and the shortage is expected to worsen. The costs of long-term care are steadily escalating, and many boomers… Read More »

Holiday Gifts a Security Risk?

Many of the hottest gifts this past holiday season were Internet-connected: fitness trackers, smartwatches, tablets, drones and interactive toys like Mattel’s Hello Barbie™.  Unfortunately, cyber security experts say some companies failed to incorporate adequate safety measures in their rush to market new smart products. These weaknesses could potentially allow thieves to access a home network and sensitive information on its main computers. The problem isn’t new.  According to a 2014 study from computer manufacturer HP,… Read More »

Winding Up a Wobbly Month

The past month on Wall Street resembled January in the Midwest: grey skies interspersed with an occasional glimpse of welcome sunshine. But just because the markets were shaky, your knees don’t have to be. Certainly, it’s daunting to watch your investments go up and down – and even more unnerving when they stay down. After all, no one actually knows whether a decline is temporary or the beginning of a bear market. Still, it’s important… Read More »