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How Does the Federal Reserve Affect the Economy?

If you follow financial news, you’ve probably heard many references to “the Fed” along the lines of “the Fed held interest rates,” or “market watchers are wondering what the Fed will do next.” So what exactly is the Fed and what does it do? What is the Federal Reserve? The Federal Reserve — or “the …

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Mergers & Acquisitions: What’s in the Deal for Investors?

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in North America and Europe reached its second highest level on record in 2018. There were 19,501 deals worth $3.6 trillion — a 6.3% increase in deal volume over 2017. There was also a rise in mega deals exceeding $10 billion.1 Collectively, U.S. corporations had plenty of cash to spend …

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Clint Speaking at ‘Alternative Investment’ Conference

Clint spoke to investors on Monday at the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA) Conference regarding implementing alternative investments for their clients. Topics included the challenges of due diligence for new strategies such as Opportunity Zone Funds, ongoing due diligence and operational issues. If any of the discussion items below interest you, drop us …

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April 15 Tax Deadlines

New for the 2018 tax year, forms 1040A and 1040EZ are no longer available. Individuals will use Form 1040 to file returns. If you are unable to file your return by April 15, you may request an Automatic Extension (Form 4868). The extension provides an extra six months to file, however any tax payments are …

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Social Security Survivor Benefits

Social Security may pay benefits to eligible family members when a person dies, helping to make their financial life easier About 10% of the approximately 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in December 2017 were receiving survivor benefits.1 Who is eligible for benefits? A dependent child may be able to receive survivor benefits based on the …

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