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Someone Stole My House!

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  30 Jul 2021

How to Protect Yourself from Home Title (Deed) Theft By Jon Aldrich A retired couple from Long Island, New York went away on an extended vacation only to discover when they arrived back home that someone else was living in their home. No, this wasn’t some squatter taking up residence in their house because they…

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What Can We Expect in the 2nd Half of 2021?

By Jon Aldrich The 1st half of 2021 was a heck of a lot less eventful than the first half of 2020. As we all vividly remember last year with the COVID crash of February and March when the S & P 500 dropped nearly 35% in a month. 2021 by comparison has been a…

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Inflation – Return of the Boogeyman?

by Jon Aldrich For those of you old enough to recall the 1970’s, a couple of things probably come to mind for you. One might be bell bottoms or long lines at the gas pump or maybe even Kojak, but I have a sneaking suspicion that high inflation might be at the foremost of your…

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Summary of the $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  19 Mar 2021

By Jon Aldrich Last Thursday, President Biden signed into legislation the long awaited COVID Relief package for Americans, named The American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP). It provides $1.9 Trillion (with a “T”) to drive economic stimulus and fiscal relief for the millions suffering from the fallout of the ongoing pandemic. Many of you may…

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Coronavirus Stimulus 2.0 (Summary of Main Provisions)

BLOG, OTHER, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  24 Dec 2020

By Jon Aldrich First off, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah or whatever you celebrate at this time of year. It has been quite a year, as we all know, and hopefully we all come through it healthy and ready for a new beginning in 2021. Of course, lets leave it…

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Elections Have Consequences

How do Stock Markets Perform Depending on Who is in Charge? By Jon Aldrich Many of us watched the raging dumpster fire that passed for a Presidential Debate on Tuesday night. But, then again, hasn’t this whole year of 2020 been a dumpster fire? Maybe a wrestling match between the two would have been better!…

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Remember When Savings Accounts Used to Pay Interest?

A Look at the Puny Yields on Savings & Money Market Accounts These Days By Jon Aldrich Low interest rates have been around for quite a while, ever since the Financial Crisis of 2008 when rates were lowered to combat the Great Recession. I guess we have got accustomed to getting nil on “safe” money…

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Do not Fall Victim to “Vishing”

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  31 Jul 2020

Online Thieves can also use your phone to steal from you By Jon Aldrich Ted received a call the other day. His caller ID read “Social Security Administration”. He figures he better take this call, since it is from Social Security and must be important. The caller on the line is friendly and says there…

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Not Out of the Woods Yet

Markets have settled down for the most part, but is it just temporary? By Jon Aldrich Even though we are still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the quick actions of Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve and fiscal programs such as the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) provision…

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Did the Inverted Yield Curve Predict the Pandemic?

Last Year’s Yield Curve Inversion Proves Surprisingly True By Jon Aldrich Do you recall all the hubbub in the media and in print about the Yield Curve Inverting last year and that a recession was probably just around the corner? At the time the stock market was rolling, the housing market was booming and unemployment…

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