Homes smart enough to save you money

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FAMILY & LIFESTYLE When it comes to smart home technologies, there is an abundance of options. Here are some we think are worthy investments. It’s been reported that Oprah Winfrey has a high-tech ski home in Telluride, Colorado, that boasts a radiant heat system that allows her to skip shoveling snow from the driveway. And…

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Helping a loved one buy a home? Review strategies and risks

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FAMILY & LIFESTYLE Approaches range from offering a straightforward monetary gift to making the purchase yourself and becoming a landlord. Explore various strategies and their tradeoffs. Real estate has long been one of the foundational pieces for an investment portfolio. But for younger generations, buying a home has become increasingly difficult. Younger homebuyers face all…

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Making the most of Medicare’s open enrollment period


RETIREMENT & LONGEVITY Ask yourself a few questions to make sure you’re getting the most from Medicare. Mark your calendar for Medicare’s open enrollment season: between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, you are able to make changes to your Medicare Advantage plan and prescription drug coverage. During this time, you can change from Original Medicare…

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The Fed and the Housing Market

Chief Economist Eugenio J. Alemán discusses current economic conditions. The Federal Reserve Bank (Fed), the central bank of the United States, has a difficult task ahead. The most important objectives of the Fed are: “maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates in the United States.” In order to do that, the Fed has,…

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7 Ways To Boost Your Savings

Discover smart options to grow your savings. Although saving more takes some effort, it may be easier than you think – there may even be “free” money available that can help. Here are some tips: Take advantage of an employer match. If they’ll match 3%, you’ve just covered 6% of your retirement savings goal when…

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Protect your privacy on social media: How much is too much?

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION Follow these tips for protecting your privacy on social media. In 2020, there were 3.96 billion active users on social media and the number keeps growing. Whether it’s to find a place to eat, stay in touch with friends or family, or connect with industry peers to gain knowledge for your career…

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“No Kids” Shouldn’t Mean “No Estate Plan”

ESTATE & GIVING Regardless of your family situation, it’s important to have certain estate planning essentials in place so that your legacy is left the way you intend. Estate planning can sometimes feel overwhelming, and those without children or close family members may be especially uncertain about where to begin. You may feel as though…

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Making a career pivot

FAMILY & LIFESTYLE Need to change jobs? Read five tips to help you redesign your work life. The past year led many of us to reflect on a tough question: Am I doing what I really want to be doing, career-wise? Perhaps you were laid off and are seeking new employment. Maybe you’re wishing for…

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Home, Sweet Home(s): Investing in Real Estate

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In his celebrated 1822 song, Home, Sweet Home, playwright John Howard Payne profoundly and firmly holds his own home as a more revered spot than a royal palace (even if the said home is a “lowly thatched cottage”). While you may not know Payne by name, you’ll undoubtedly be aware of his brilliant and imperishable…

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Navigating The Unpredictable in Your Retirement Routine

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You wake up in the morning, get yourself a healthy breakfast, and sit down to check in on the daily news of our world. Even after leaving the workforce, our days and our lives still find a way to develop some element of routine or predictability. You lean on a few established activities or events…

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