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The Rise of the Unicorn

This past August, close to 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs — the most ever in just one month (since the government began collecting data two decades ago).1 But there isn’t just one reason people are quitting their jobs. There are dozens. Some who had to juggle care for children or elderly relatives have chosen caregiving...
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Who Wants to Work?

An important economic driver for America — working consumers — is dwindling. For example, the Denver International Airport recently hosted a concessions job fair to fill around 1,000 openings at the airport for jobs at stores, restaurants, and other businesses. Only 100 people attended the fair.1 Money could be one issue. In Georgia, Kentucky, and...
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Single Finances

Pew Research Center reported that in 2019, about 38% of adults ages 25 to 34 in the U.S. were not married or living with a partner, up from 29% in 1990.1 While marriage and even long-term relationships are growing less prevalent, the data shows that single people tend to be less financially stable than those with...
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Medicare Open Enrollment

This year’s open enrollment for Medicare runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Any changes you make to your Medicare plan will begin on Jan. 1, 2022. Eligible Medicare beneficiaries can start receiving benefits once they turn age 65. Those who were already drawing Social Security benefits before that age are automatically enrolled in Original...
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How Inflation Risk Can Effect You

Inflation is a steady rise in the price of goods and services over time and actually signals both good and bad economic conditions. On one hand, as prices rise, someone living on a fixed income cannot purchase the same amount of goods, so they tend to reduce spending or buy cheaper alternatives. On the other...
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Living on a Prayer

As of Aug. 28, 2021, there were 2.8 million unemployment claims in the U.S. That’s considerably higher than the pre-pandemic level of 1.7 million, but much improved from the pandemic high of more than 23 million in May 2020.1 One of the more remarkable surprises to emerge from the pandemic is how many people are...
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Savings Strategies

Some people have no trouble saving money — they stash away any cash they don’t need, and their account grows and grows. These people usually aren’t very materialistic and don’t have a lot of goals that require money to fulfill. That’s a wonderful trait, in some ways. However, there’s nothing wrong with setting up specific...
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Holiday Shopping This Summer

Even with lockdowns, fewer parties and reduced travel, the National Retail Federation reports that in 2020, Americans spent $209 billion on holiday-related purchases — averaging about $998 per person.1 If it seems a bit early to be talking about holiday shopping, consider that you may want to shop earlier than ever this year. That’s because...
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Lessons From the Pandemic

They say we don’t always appreciate what we have until it’s gone. That was one of the big lessons learned during the pandemic — but there are others. We learned a lot about the quirks and interests of family members — which tend to change as our children grow and we don’t always realize how...
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Putting Inflation Expectations in Persepctive

Historically, inflation has been highly correlated with unemployment levels. When more people were out of a job, inflation was lower. As more people got jobs, inflation increased. From an economic point of view, this makes sense. Jobs increase income, which increases spending, which increases demand — supplies drop and prices rise. The opposite is true...
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