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So This is Normal?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  15 Oct 2014

Unless you have been incommunicado the last few days and weeks, you no doubt, are aware of a lot of consternation in the stock market. What’s causing this? How long is this going to last? Is the market going to crash? Will the Federal Reserve ride to the rescue? What do I do? We wish…

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Junk e-mail

BLOG, OTHER  |  16 Sep 2014

Why you need to be careful what you click on I was recently cleaning out my junk mail folder which had 2,645 messages in it. It had been about 3 weeks since I had cleaned it out, but that is how many SPAM and junk e-mails my junk e-mail filter had caught in that time….

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Estate Planning in the Online World

BLOG, ESTATE PLANNING  |  31 Jul 2014

You are likely reading this via your e-mail or online via the World Wide Web. You may also access your bank accounts and credit cards as well as Amazon, PayPal, etc.  via the internet. Many of you post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest to name a few. If you have digital pictures or you…

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El Niño – Is it Blowing Our Way?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  6 Jun 2014

After the record breaking severe winter the Midwest experienced, most people probably are not ready for more wild weather anytime soon.  However, there are growing probabilities that an El Niño is forming in the Pacific Ocean. Recent readings of water temperature just below the surface have been picking up a significant increase in water temperature….

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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  10 Apr 2014

Cartoon by Schillerstrom (Source) The rock band REM wrote the song, What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?, back in the early 90’s in reference to an incident in 1986. Two men attacked Dan Rather, the CBS news and 60 minutes reporter, and kept repeating that phrase over and over. This tidbit of information has nothing to do…

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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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What Exactly is Bitcoin?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  15 Jan 2014

By now, you have almost assuredly heard of bitcoin, the digital currency that is rapidly gaining acceptance over the internet, and also more recently with some more traditional stores as well. But, you may have no idea what bitcoin actually is or much about it. Well, let’s change that and talk a little bit about…

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Debt Ceilings, Sequesters & Shutdowns, Oh My!

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  1 Nov 2013

Well, the U.S. has avoided a dreaded default on its obligations due to the debt ceiling limitation. But, for how long will the relative calm last? The good news is that the government shutdown is over for now and Social Security checks will continue to go out. Also Panda Cam which was a victim of…

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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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