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For retirees, that seasonal urge can fit neatly into their overall retirement plan – if they’re intentional about how they go about it.

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In this season of giving, Secretary of State Tre Hargett cautions Tennesseans to be wary of scams when making charitable donations.

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Medicare health and drug plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year, so those who have Medicare should review their coverage and decide on the options that best fit their health needs...

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Depending upon your circumstances, refinancing your mortgage may be a great option for you. However, there are some things to consider before moving forward.

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Q: My spouse doesn’t have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Can they qualify on my record?

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The small business economy in the United States is extraordinarily competitive these days. Even if the coronavirus pandemic has brought about a setback in small business activity, the fact remains that the country is full of innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.

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During the 2021 Medicare annual enrollment period, October 15-December 7, U.S. seniors will be asked to choose from over 3,000 Medicare Advantage plans, with the number of plans available ranging from none in certain rural counties to as many as 31 in the most populous areas of the country. …

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The assessed value of property for tax purposes increased less than one-half of one percent this year in Shelby County as a decline was recorded in Memphis.

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My child, who gets Social Security, will be attending his last year of high school in the fall. He turns 19 in a few months. Do I need to fill out a form for his benefits to continue?

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Scam phone calls, emails and texts seem to be an everyday occurrence. But being fooled by scammers once taught a Memphis woman to be extra cautious when another scammer contacted her a year later.

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Social distancing, sheltering in place... phrases that express the seriousness of our “new normal”. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that fraudsters and scammers will use COVID-19 as a means to get their hands on your money.

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A Memphis woman reported to BBB this week that she had received an offer to be a secret shopper at Walmart. That in and of itself isn’t unusual. Employment scams ranked as the number one riskiest scam in BBB’s 2019 Risk Report and secret shopper job offers are quite common. However, this one…

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The purpose of a special needs trust is to help a person living with a disability live a good quality of life while preserving personal assets. Who determines what a person’s quality of life is? When does someone know that a good quality of life is reached? How can a special needs trust bene…

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By late March, more than 33 percent of the nation’s households had responded to the 2020 Census through the Internet or by telephone as a federal agency seeks to carry out its once a decade task to count the number of people who live in the United States and its territories.

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Whether it is referred to as planned giving, gift planning or legacy giving, it is a method that allows people to make larger philanthropic gifts than they could make from ordinary income.

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SRI (Socially Responsible Investing), Impact Investing, and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing belong to a growing category of investment choices that use traditional investing practices to responsibly impact society.

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As director of planned giving for the University of Memphis, I am privileged to talk with people not just about their giving, but about why they give and how they want to be remembered.

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“What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask any group of retirees and pre-retirees this question, “outliving my money” will likely be one of the top answers. In fact, 51% of investors surveyed for a 2019 AIG retirement study ranked outliving their money as their top anxiety.

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For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving – not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you’re committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term.

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The health care landscape in America is ever-changing and often confusing. It’s hard to know exactly what health insurance covers, eligibility requirements, how to access government subsidies and even when to pay penalties.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Department will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Adminis…

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The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South (BBB) is warning consumers about two local apartment complexes that have earned F ratings from BBB due to unanswered and unresolved complaints from their tenants. In addition to sending individual complaints to the companies, BBB sent each company …

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Financial exploitation (FE) in older adults is the “illegal taking, misuse, or the concealment of funds, property or assets of a vulnerable elder,” according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, and poses a serious public health problem.

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With Memphis City Council elections coming up in October, it is a good time to call on candidates to pledge to drop the unfair practice of declaring that actions of the council are not final until the minutes of a meeting are approved.

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A Certificate of Deposit, commonly referred to as a CD, is a financial product that is offered by banks and credit unions, which makes them a secure and safe place to keep money that you aren’t planning to spend anytime soon. To initiate a CD, there is usually a minimum amount you need to deposit.

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PHOENIX, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CopperPoint Insurance Companies, a western-based super regional commercial insurance company, announced today that AM Best has affirmed A (Excellent) ratings for CopperPoint Insurance Company, its subsidiaries, and for Alaska National Insurance Company. The outlook of these ratings remains "stable" for both financial strength and credit rating. AM Best is the most widely recognized provider of insurance industry ratings and financial data.

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Manufacturing Growth Expected in 2021; Revenue to Increase 6.9%; Capital Expenditures to Increase 2.4%; Capacity Utilization Currently at 85.7%; Services Growth Projected in 2021; Revenue to Increase 1.6%; Capital Expenditures to Increase 12.7%: Capacity Utilization Currently at 86.6%

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Sublet.com, owned by Nestpick Inc., compiled a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for young people, using data from Nestpick’s 2019 Generation Z City Index and adjusting for factors significant during COVID-19. Generation Z spans nearly 67 million people in the United States born between 1997 and 2012.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced that Mavenir, a leading provider of end-to-end cloud-native network software for mobile operators, is collaborating with VIAVI for lab validation of radio access solutions in the U.S. VIAVI's lab test platform, in use by almost every base station manufacturer in the world, provides scalable test systems for validating network performance as experienced by end users, across multiple cells and different radio access technologies.

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During a year when a crippling pandemic plunged major world economies into recession, China has come out on top. CNN's Steven Jiang reports.

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The Biden administration will hit the ground running by holding an on-camera press briefing on Inauguration Day, Brian Stelter reports. Eugene Daniels says the media will have to be "a lot more creative in covering this White House" because Biden won't be tweeting and "they are running a tig…

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"It feels like we're living years of history every week right now," Brian Stelter says. Nicole Carroll says staffers at USA Today are thinking hard about the words they're using and the stories they're presenting because "we need to represent the seriousness" of the time. Dan Shelley weighs …

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After numerous members of the media were assaulted in pro-Trump riots on January 6, newsrooms are stepping up security measures. Nicole Carroll says USA Today is taking many precautions to protect reporters. RTDNA executive director Dan Shelley says "this is the most perilous time for journa…

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Alex Stamos discusses the links between disinformation and radicalization, and argues that tech platforms "have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences." His business partner Christopher Krebs also joins.

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Brian Stelter discusses Fox's ratings slump and CNN's surge with Nicole Hemmer and David Folkenflik. Hemmer says Fox's recent schedule changes are "a pretty clear sign that Fox News sees Newsmax as its big problem right now." Folkenflik also reacts to James Murdoch's recent warning about dis…

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Multiple new polls indicate that most Republicans do not trust the results of the 2020 election. Brian Stelter says it is a "mainstream" view in the GOP. He asks Christopher Krebs about how election lies translate into extremist actions, and Krebs says it is important to differentiate betwee…

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Maggie Haberman reflects on the "constant sense of incoming" during the Trump administration. With Trump off Twitter and almost out of the White House, Haberman says "his ability to just snap his fingers and get attention as president is obviously gone." But "he is still a dominant figure in…

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Stacker compiled a list of college majors where students were most likely to continue their education through the pursuit of graduate degrees, licensures, and professional certificates using data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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MoneyTips

    This is the first in a series of financial commentaries by our Editorial Roundtable. Check back to read alternative points of view expressed in this column.

James Cash Penney, who founded JC Penney in 1902, observed years later that, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” This holds as true for the broader US economy as it does for individual companies. For it is the combination of market forces, government policies and macroeconomic trends that shapes our long-term economic outlook and near-term prospects for growth.

As we peer beyond the horizon to boldly — or foolishly— predict economic developments in 2014, let’s stay mindful of this synergistic process. For only by assessing the interplay of multiple factors can we hope to divine the future.

Here, then, are the key forces and trends MoneyTips predicts will combine to make 2014 a very positive year for the US eco...

The Interest Rate Environment

Today’s Headlines: America Gets A Raise

Assets Flee Developing Economies

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Using the week of March 22, 2020, as a starting point, online grocery ordering and delivery company Mercato compared the sales volume of alcohol products each week to that start date to determine trends in alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sundae collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, released on Dec. 10, 2020, for the years 2015-2019, to compile a list of cities with the most vacant homes. The list is ranked by the percentage of vacant homes out of all housing units in the cit…

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President-elect Joe Biden outlined a $1.9 trillion emergency legislative package to fund a nationwide vaccination effort and provide direct economic relief to Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the health of our nation is at stake."

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As consumers turn to contactless alternatives to get their groceries, local grocery stores in Nigeria have adapted quickly to meet their customers online. CNN's Eleni Giokos takes a look at how these chains are using digital technology to grow their business during a challenging time for the…

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GILBERT, Ariz., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Curtis Ray, retirement planning expert and creator of the patent-pending Maximum Premium Indexing (MPI(TM)) Plan, announced today his newest company, MPI(TM) UNLIMITED. The company's proprietary technology utilizes the security guarantee of permanent life insurance, the growth potential of the stock market and the power of compound interest to provide enhanced retirement income, tax-free.

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PHOENIX, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- LighthousePE, a division of Phoenix-based marketing agency Off Madison Ave, today announced it has appointed Andrew Steele as chief executive officer. Andrew brings more than 25 years of operational and leadership experience to LighthousePE and has consistently demonstrated success in building high-growth businesses around disruptive technology. As CEO, he will lead the team to help businesses strengthen relationships with customers via LighthousePE's location-based mobile engagement platform.

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PHOENIX, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BeachFleischman PC, Arizona's largest locally-owned CPA firm, announces it has entered into an agreement with the Phoenix-based cybersecurity firm, Silent Sector, to sell and market Silent Sector's cybersecurity services to its clients throughout Arizona and nationwide. The agreement expands the existing collaboration between the two firms and combines the strengths of both to protect mid-market and emerging companies from cyber-attacks. The announcement is part of BeachFleischman's growth plans to provide businesses with expanded strategic and operational advisory solutions beyond traditional accounting, auditing, and tax services.