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As I made my way in to the office this morning, I opened a letter from my insurance company, informing me that my business liability policy is being cancelled. After some digging, I found an article explaining why this was ...

Ferguson, Missouri:  It’s the unavoidable conversation that seemingly everyone has had in the recent weeks following the Grand Jury decision.  Personal thoughts and opinions have flooded social media sites, and many have scrutinized every aspect of our justice system.  But, ...

Seeing an ad for the “10 year retirement plan” certainly raises some eyebrows.  After looking beyond the skepticism, it’s a legitimate saving strategy, but it’s certainly not for everybody. This plan certainly has a niche market, but it’s a lot ...

For years, IRAs have been a primary way for individuals to save for retirement and defer taxes. As of the end of 2013, over 46 million households owned some type of IRA, with over $6.52 trillion in total assets. Since ...

A 40-year ban on U.S. oil exports may start to be dismantled as the Commerce Department issued a ruling in late June allowing the export of lightly processed crude oil, also known as condensates. In response to the Arab oil ...

Meanwhile, in South America, millions of devoted soccer fans are making the pilgrimage to the Holy Grail of the world’s most beloved sport; The World Cup.  As matches officially kicked off in the recent days, the next four weeks will ...

“Thursday’s World Cup game drew traders away from their terminals and most likely convinced many that an early weekend this week would be ideal.”  You read that right, Folks.  That line made me breathe slightly harder out of my nose, ...

Historically, the months of April, May, June, and July make up the summer working months for students and young people. At the end of the summer, the Labor Department releases a report showing not only how many students were hired, ...

Volatility in the stock market as represented by the Chicago Board S&P 500 Options Exchange Volatility index (VIX) reached a 5-year low in May. The lows in the VIX indicate a level of complacency or tranquility as it portends to ...

The Labor Department in its most recent data reported that payrolls, the actual number of individuals working and earning a paycheck, increased with broad results over the past year. Of the 50 states, a handful are showing larger than average ...

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