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(BPT) - Wildfires are already impacting communities in the Western and Southwestern United States and the fall winds ahead will only threaten to push fires into more populated areas. Wildfires spread in hot, dry and windy conditions, with homes often ignited by embers blown far ahead of the …

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(StatePoint) The pandemic has changed our lives in numerous ways. As a result of all the upheaval, many people are reassessing their priorities and thinking about early retirement. According to Pew Research, 28 million baby boomers retired in 2020 and a recent study found 39% plan to retire …

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(NewsUSA) -Whether you are just starting out with your first job and apartment, or entering the later stages of your working life, there is no wrong time to plan for retirement.

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(BPT) - In today's environment, when many things may seem like they're not in your control, finding ways to help your family feel more financially secure and protected is important. As anyone who has suffered a loss in their family is likely to tell you, having life insurance in place before…

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(BPT) - Chase Home Lending’s new First-Time Homebuyer Study included more than 1,100 consumers who indicated that they are looking to purchase a home and are actively preparing to buy. Though the COVID-19 pandemic had a considerable impact, 60% of respondents said they were likely to purchas…

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(StatePoint) Good credit opens doors. Not only can it help you secure an affordable loan, but it is also often needed for access to open everyday accounts, such as for your utility services and cell phone. It can help you land a job, boost your chances of securing an apartment, and even impr…

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(NewsUSA) They may be one of the best-kept secrets out there. In fact, even as college costs keep rising as surely as we're all getting kind of sick of Zoom meetings, a new Morning Consult survey done with financial firm Edward Jones found that only 36 percent of adults even knew what a 529 …

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(StatePoint) August 14 is National Personal Finance Awareness Day, an excellent occasion to assess and improve your finances. And if you’re like many Americans, having a better understanding of money management is a priority for you right now.

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(StatePoint) Climate change is making natural disasters more extreme, from extending the duration of disaster seasons to increasing the intensity of fires, storms and floods. Indeed, the U.S. Geological Survey notes that with increasing global surface temperatures, the intensity of storms wi…

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(BPT) - College costs can add up quickly. Not only are you and your child paying for tuition and fees, but you also have to factor in room and board, textbooks, extracurricular activities, the child’s personal expenses and more. For nearly three in four families (72%), the cost of college is…

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(BPT) - The second half of summer brings a welcomed sense of familiarity for families across the country as back-to-school season approaches, and enthusiasm is particularly strong after more than a year of uncertainty upended the education system as we know it. While a widespread return-to-c…

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(NewsUSA) - Female financial planners, (specifically, CFP® professionals) are in need, and provide a pivotal role to wealth management firms in serving diverse client bases and delivering holistic financial planning services to clients.

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(BPT) - In addition to being on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response, many clinicians across the country were also managing one of the worst years for drug-related overdoses on record. According to recent data from the CDC, more than 81,000 drug overdoses occurred between May an…

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(BPT) - The beginning of the coronavirus pandemic affected the sales of new vehicles in the United States, but according to a recent study by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the automotive industry has begun to bounce back, and sales are expected to return to pre-pandemic …

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(NewsUSA) -Right now, moving may be a little challenging as property value has gone up tremendously and the number of homes on the market is low. The next best option is to remodel and expand your home office, home gym, or add a patio for outdoor gatherings.

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(BPT) - Many people have reexamined their finances since the pandemic. While some are itching to dine out and travel again, others are looking to invest in their future. According to a recent survey, Americans’ top financial goals include boosting their savings, planning for retirement and p…

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(BPT) - Debt: Americans’ least favorite four-letter word. But for many, it looms over their everyday lives. According to a recent report from The Pew Charitable Trusts, nearly 80% of Americans are saddled with some type of debt, leaving many of them feeling trapped and hopeless. Debt can neg…

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(NewsUSA) - Whether you are at the start of your working life, or if you are mid-career and starting to feel burnout, it's never too early to think about retirement. Paying extra attention to financial planning, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, can help increase your options to retire comf…

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(BPT) - Thinking about selling or trading in your old ride? It can be hard to say goodbye but consider this: used cars are currently in high demand and your pre-loved pal could be worth more than you think. As you prepare to sell your car, there are a few easy steps to follow to ensure you’r…

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(StatePoint) These days, you can expect more from your favorite brands as they celebrate their customers with rewards programs. But not all programs are of equal worth, with some brands offering much better deals, promotions, rewards and offers. To find the best programs and take advantage o…

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(BPT) - Over the past year, small businesses have had to adapt, often learning that their bonds with their surrounding communities are crucial to their survival. As your business continues to weather today's challenges, here are tips to help your business stay strong while you stay connected…

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(BPT) - If you’re a high school junior or heading into your senior year, college is likely at the top of your mind — and probably your parents’ mind too. A campus visit, virtually or in-person, is a key way to narrow down your college choice. The same is true for students who are considering…

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(BPT) - As we begin to transition out of the pandemic, it’s important to consider steps that can help provide you and your loved ones a more stable financial future. Just consider that 41% of U.S. employees are living paycheck to paycheck right now, and the same number of employees don’t fee…

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(NewsUSA) - As more venues reopen and both temperatures and vaccination rates rise, people's thoughts turn to summer, and summer vacation. For those on a budget, or working to pay off debts, a vacation may seem like a frivolous expense, but some savvy planning will let you get in some much-n…

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(StatePoint) Planning on retiring single? You aren’t alone. Nearly 22 million Americans age 65 and older were unmarried in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, representing 41.5% of those in that age category. And for women, it’s more likely to be the case. According to the Administrat…