All Things Pharmaceutical

By Family Focus Financial Group | June 27, 2017

The White House recently launched a task force aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.1 According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the majority of drug overdose deaths that occur today involve an opioid.2 Prescription drugs are a nuanced example of how positive innovations…

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The Psychological Impact of a Divisive Election

By Family Focus Financial Group | June 20, 2017

Before 2016, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America surveys showed money, work and the economy were the biggest sources of stress in people’s lives.1 During the 2016 presidential campaign season, however, doctors began reporting patients were increasingly anxious due to issues candidates highlighted in speeches and interviews. 2 The APA’s most recent…

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As You Age, Keep Looking Forward

By Family Focus Financial Group | June 13, 2017

Many people spend a large portion of their lives taking care of people like their spouse, children, siblings and older parents. Here’s a message for those in their later senior years: Don’t stop now. As we age, our concerns start to change. Some people may become preoccupied with ailments and difficulties in their living situations,…

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Russia, Beyond the Headlines

By Family Focus Financial Group | June 6, 2017

These days, people have all sorts of opinions about Russia. Even beyond politics, images come to mind of fur-lined parkas and frozen tundra – hard and cold weather conditions, despite the fact that parts of it have a humid, subtropical climate.1 Perhaps we should take a moment to see Russia for its more positive attributes:…

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Simplify Your Life

By Family Focus Financial Group | May 30, 2017

Life has its highs and lows. Sometimes when we go for a long stretch — everybody in the family is healthy, finances are on track, you’re enjoying yourself — we get that nagging feeling that our good fortune just can’t last. Often, that’s true. There’s inevitably a repair needed on your car, an appliance breaks…

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Will Bank Changes Lead to Withdrawal From Human Interaction?

By Family Focus Financial Group | May 23, 2017

The investment banking struggles that contributed to the 2008 recession prompted stronger regulations for the finance industry. Unfortunately, some of the rules created to keep the larger banks in check also impacted smaller community banks, which have suffered as a result.1 However, the Trump administration’s goal to cut regulations by 70 percent to 80 percent…

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How Government Regulations May Impact the “Average Joe”

By Family Focus Financial Group | May 18, 2017

We tend to take government regulations for granted. They can be annoying, like having to sign the HIPAA privacy notice before a doctor’s visit, or time consuming, like the yearly requirement of filing a tax return. But as the new presidential administration begins rolling back financial regulations, some people may wonder how they might be…

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Will We Ever Close the Gender Gap?

By Family Focus Financial Group | May 9, 2017

Every year, the World Economic Forum updates its Global Gender Gap Report, which measures gender disparity across 144 countries and tracks this progress over time. The report pays special attention to the gaps between women and men with regard to health, education, economy and politics.1 Although the corporate “glass ceiling” has been broken by a…

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Work Less, Spend Less: How Retiring Boomers may Impact the Economy

By Family Focus Financial Group | May 2, 2017

The economy has grown, in large part, because consumers are spending more money. It remains to be seen whether that trend will continue as more of the massive baby boomer generation approaches retirement. Even before people retire, many tend to slow down their spending habits. Part of this is lifestyle driven; by age 50, most…

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A 100-Year Lifespan: Ways to Help Increase Enjoyment

By Family Focus Financial Group | April 25, 2017

The average life expectancy of a baby born in the U.S. today is 80 years. However, this prediction assumes prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of birth stay the same throughout a person’s life.1 In reality, patterns of mortality improve over time thanks to discoveries and innovations in nutrition and medical science. If you…

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