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The Printed Word

By admin | February 25, 2015

We blog, tweet, post. Read, skim, search. We can now receive so much of our information online, on demand, and choose exactly what sources from which to receive it. We’re no longer limited to three nightly newscasts and our daily local paper. [CLICK HERE to read the article, “The Future of the News Business: A…

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All Things Inflation

By admin | February 25, 2015

At the end of May, the Commerce Department reported that the price index for personal consumption expenditures increased by 1.6 percent in April from a year earlier — the fastest pace since November 2012. This is the latest sign that U.S. inflation is starting an upward trend. Banking on expectations for a targeted 2 percent inflation rate,…

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Bully for Us: Consumerism Soars

By admin | February 25, 2015

Summer is here. The housing market has gained strength, jobs and incomes have risen, and overall consumers are feeling bullish. Seeing most of us have had to adjust to the “new normal” since the turn of the millennium, recent conditions are the relative equivalent to “happy days are here again.” [CLICK HERE to read the…

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Positive News on Jobs, Food and Fitness Fronts

By admin | February 25, 2015

April unemployment numbers brought good news. About 288,000 new jobs were created, representing the highest one-month total in two years. Unemployment is now at 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008. Employers added an average of 238,000 jobs each month over the last three months, which is a substantial improvement over the average of…

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Global Perspectives

By admin | February 25, 2015

Many Americans tend to assume we’re the greatest nation. After all, people from other countries are frequently trying to move here. For the most part, we have a strong economy, we’re well educated, we make decent money, and we have the NFL, NBA, and MLB for gosh sakes. The U.S. rules. Except when it doesn’t.…

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Live Long and Dance

By admin | February 25, 2015

A recent study reveals that engaging in appropriate exercise after age 65 can help conditions such as back pain and arthritis. Even the Mayo Clinic claims that exercise can be effective at helping prevent and even treat a wide range of age-related health conditions. There are two important components to exercising at an older age:…

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“Life” Is Its Own Financial Variable

By admin | February 25, 2015

Retirement income is a common topic in the financial services industry, with 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day for the next 15 to 20 years. One of the biggest questions pre-retirees face today is whether or not they’ll have enough income to support their desired lifestyle when it comes time to retire. [CLICK HERE to…

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Living and Working (and Thinking) in a Box

By admin | February 25, 2015

In the late 1970s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” news director Less Nessman would not acknowledge the presence of co-workers unless they simulated knocking on the door of his fake office. His “office” was merely a desk and chair with imaginary walls marked by tape on the floor. Perhaps this was an indication of things to…

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The United States: For Richer and for Poorer

By admin | February 25, 2015

A recent Health and Retirement Study by the Brookings Institution found that life expectancy is rising more quickly for people at the highest ranks of socio-economic status, while declining or remaining static for those in the lower levels. This discrepancy was raised in relation to Social Security benefits and posed the question as to whether…

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Creative Solutions for Life’s Little Problems

By admin | February 25, 2015

It’s refreshing to see that many people are beginning to implement new and innovative ideas to address some of life’s seemingly little problems that may have a more widespread societal impact. Take teenagers and their penchant for sleeping in, for example. While some teenagers are just  lazy, there is a biological reason teenagers may not…

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