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Music Plays Instrumental Role in Healing Ailments

By webteam | June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hearing a familiar song from a happy period in your life, such as childhood, can instantly make you feel joyful. It’s as if you’re right back there — toe tapping, head bopping and singing along. Just as with our sight, smell and taste senses, positive auditory memories can enhance mood and transport us back to…

Demographic Differences

By webteam | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Consider these questions for a moment: Have your outlook and attitude toward politics and culture changed over the years? Or are you the same as always? If you were a conservative young adult, do you hold the same beliefs today? If you were a rebel as a youngster, are you still? Or have you mellowed…

End-of-Life Issues

By webteam | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Before today’s modern medicine, people usually died of three things: injury, infections or some type of nutritional deficiency.1 Painkillers may have come in the form of herbal tea or some other applied root, so pain was a fact of life. Life expectancy was much shorter than today, and people often died suddenly or after a…

Ideas for Your Inner Entrepreneur

By webteam | May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the perks of retirement is having the time to pursue new interests. If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business, retirement could provide the perfect opportunity. It’s a good idea to get a financial checkup before you go full bore into entrepreneurship. We’re happy to help clients review their current retirement income…

A Look at How America Ranks

By webteam | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

In his first year in office, President Trump has promoted his “America first” philosophy. This new focus, with its trade protectionism and tough stance on immigration, has somewhat changed the U.S. narrative on a world scale.1 Considering this new emphasis on America first, perhaps it’s worth looking at how the U.S. ranks on the world…

The Future of Medicare and Social Security

By webteam | May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is little doubt that Medicare and Social Security are important programs that help older Americans in retirement, particularly now that so many are living beyond previous life expectancy rates. In fact, past models for savings rates may be failing many older Americans, who represent the only demographic seeing significant increases in poverty rates in…

Ways to Avoid Financial Scams

By webteam | April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to a recent survey, about two-thirds of adults age 70 and older fall for online scammers. Here are some tips to remember about some of the latest frauds:1 Medicare does not employ “sales representatives.” Apple and Microsoft do not sell virus protection software for your computer. There is no African prince from Nigeria who…

Insights Into Cybercrime

By webteam | April 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Although it’s taken a back seat to domestic concerns over the past year, cybercrime is still on the rise. Attacks such as “Wannacry” shut down health care systems and businesses across the globe in 2017,1 and the World Economic Forum estimates cybercrimes cost the global economy about $445 billion a year. 2 It is a…

Digital Tools for Tax Season

By webteam | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Tax season is upon us. According to the IRS, about 90 percent of taxpayers now file their taxes electronically. The agency touts the service as more accurate, convenient and secure than paper claims, and people usually receive their tax refunds faster. The IRS offers free tax filing assistance to filers who earn $54,000 a year…

Get Creative When Pre-Planning Funerals

By webteam | April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Think about how much time we put into planning things like college, a wedding, moving to a new home, having a baby and retirement. Now think about how much time we put into planning for our death. For many people, it’s no time at all. Perhaps you’ve got your estate plan documents in order, but…