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Managing Debt While Saving for Retirement

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It’s a catch-22: You feel that you should focus on paying down debt, but you also want to save for retirement. It may be comforting to know you’re not alone. According to an Employee Benefit Research Institute survey, 18% of today’s workers describe their debt level as a major problem, while 41% say it’s a …

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

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A number of organizations are working to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  A charity we support, recommended to us by Dan Sharpe, of the Columbus Foundation, is the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, housed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Dan said the best type of donation for victims is money, which “allows …

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Proposed Fiduciary Rule Delay

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The Labor Department’s proposed 18-month delay for the fiduciary rule’s major compliance requirements and enforcement mechanisms is needed for regulators to complete a full review of the rule, according to language in Labor’s proposal released August 30. This week, the Office of Budget and Management signed off on the proposed delay after an expedited review …

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How do economists measure inflation, and why does it matter to investors?

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) adjusts interest rates to help keep inflation near a 2% target. The FOMC’s preferred measure of inflation is the Price Index for Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), primarily because it covers a broad range of prices and picks up shifts in consumer behavior. The Fed also focuses on core inflation …

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Medicare and Your Employer Health Plan

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If you plan to continue working after you reach age 65, you may be wondering how Medicare coordinates with your employer’s group health plan. When you’re eligible for both types of coverage, you’ll need to consider the benefits and costs, and navigate an array of rules. How does Medicare work with your group health plan? …

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