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Interest Rates are Up, Are Bonds in Trouble?

Why Bond Investors Shouldn’t Panic by Jon Aldrich Two events occurred in the last quarter of 2016 that many thought may never happen. The first was the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series and the second was, after many years of ultra-low rates, interest rates finally started rising. Since Donald Trump was elected, back in…

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Have You Checked Your Credit Recently?

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  4 Mar 2016

By Jon Aldrich Almost daily we hear reports of hackers stealing personal information either from large data breaches at places like Target or Home Depot or via e-mail scams and even with old fashioned phone calls to unsuspecting victims with someone claiming to be from the IRS demanding money or credit card information. More recently,…

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The Importance of a Home Inventory

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  11 Jun 2015

(and adequate insurance coverage) I had just finished up a great round of golf at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale in April, when my phone started tweeting about Tornado Warnings. Since it was 87 and sunny where I was, I had to do a double take, but then realized they were for back home in…

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MyRA – Is It Anything To Be Excited About?

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  27 Feb 2014

If you watched President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 28th, you may have heard him mention a new type of “starter” retirement savings account, to be known as a MyRA ( rhymes with Tyra, Kyra, Lyra and even Elvira). The President said he was going to bypass Congress and institute the MyRA…

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Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  20 Sep 2013

Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending A possible alternative to Banks Lara Miller began showcasing her original fashion designs as a student of the Art Institute of Chicago. Six short years, a landslide of favorable press and 17 retail outlets later, the Lara Miller brand needed an influx of cash to keep up with demand and…

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TAPER, TAPER, TOIL & TROUBLE

Not to be confused with a tapir, which is a large browsing mammal similar in shape to a pig that roams the jungles of South America and Southeast Asia. The word taper or tapering has received a whole lot of attention lately after Ben Bernanke announced at the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting…

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Legal & Financial Paperwork to Have Ready for an Evacuation

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  27 Jul 2012

We had been watching the news nonstop for days as the fire raged toward the city line. The smoke plume first appeared Saturday. By Tuesday afternoon, the wind gusts hit 65 m.p.h., and the neighborhoods due west of us were told to prepare to leave. By 4 p.m., as the neighbors and I watched smoke…

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Estate Planning Update, February 17, 2010

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  18 Feb 2010

Although we take pride in the fact that we write our own weblog content, we will occasionally post material from outside sources that we have come to trust. The article printed below was authored by Attorney John J. Scroggin. We were granted permission to post it here by virtue of our subscription to LISI (Leimberg…

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Identity Theft and the Importance of Monitoring Your Credit

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  8 Feb 2010

With so many financial transactions being performed online over the internet these days, there are ample opportunities for those with nefarious intentions to usurp your identity, run up huge bills, and ruin your credit score. Since your credit score is a vital part of your financial well being and can dramatically impact your life for…

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