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A very prominent Memphian I knew from Rotary called me one day desperately hoping I could help him. His granddaughter had called saying she was in trouble in another state and needed money immediately. He wired $1,800.

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Cosigning a loan for a relative or friend can be a generous gesture that ends up having serious financial consequences. Don’t let your heart get out in front of your head. A cosigner is required because the lender has determined that the primary borrower doesn’t qualify on his or her own.

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Planned giving -- sometimes referred to as 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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The reality of an independent school like Memphis University School, a school for boys in grades 7-12, is that families pay tuition. Alumni and their parents will tell you that it is worth it – an investment for the future, a strong foundation to build upon.

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The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that a special tax provision will allow more Americans to easily deduct up to $600 in donations to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return.

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Crooks exploit the headlines to make their scams seem more legitimate, causing more people to fall for them. Like other business people, they also employ new technologies to make scams more productive and successful.

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I got a call recently saying that someone had ordered me a back brace to treat my muscle pain. The caller cited some unfamiliar healthcare company that would fulfill the order. When I asked who the someone was since I don’t have any muscle pain, he hung up.

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I worked for the last 10 years and I now have my 40 credits. Does this mean that I get the maximum Social Security retirement benefit?

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The Open Enrollment Period for Medicare health and prescription drug plans begins Oct.15 and ends Dec. 7. Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2022.

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Seniors are targeted by scammers for many reasons: they have more assets to steal than younger adults

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Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has ended all federal pandemic unemployment compensation programs in the state as of July 3.

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Benjamin Franklin famously wrote in 1789, “Our new constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

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Primarily as a result of the countywide reappraisal program, certified tax roll figures presented by County Property Assessor Melvin Burgess show a 24.1 percent increase in assessed values for tax purposes in Shelby County.

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What should I do if I get a call claiming there’s a problem with my Social Security number or account?

If there is a problem, we will mail you a letter. Generally, we will only contact you if you have requested a call or have ongoing business with us. The latest scam trick of using robocalls or live callers has increased.

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The next several weeks will provide Memphis and Shelby County property owners with a much better picture of how the 2021 Reappraisal program will affect their individual values.

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 I’m retiring early, at age 62, and I receive investment income from a rental property I own. Does investment income count as earnings?

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Deductions reduce the amount of taxable income then filing a federal income tax return. In other words, they can reduce the amount of tax someone owes.

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Whatever it’s called –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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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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DARIEN, Conn., May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- DR Bank is proud to partner with premium basics brand Bombas through their internal Giving Initiative program by donating 1,000 pairs of Bombas donation socks. Bombas is a comfort-focused, digitally native brand that provides elevated basics and helps those in need. The company was originally founded in 2013 because socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. For every item purchased, a specially designed item is donated to the homeless community. 

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WOODLAND PARK, N.J., May 20, 2022  /PRNewswire/ -- Anterix (NASDAQ: ATEX) today announced that members of the Anterix management team will be participating in the following upcoming Investor conferences.

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NEW YORK, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- To highlight how homeowners can protect themselves from unethical contractors, the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) are marking Contractor Fraud Awareness Week (May 23-27).

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Being in debt feels like you’re always a step behind. It doesn’t help that debt is spoken about as something that’s your fault — too much online shopping, or too…

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DALLAS, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- NexPoint Capital, Inc. (the "Company"), a non-traded publicly registered business development company sponsored and managed by NexPoint Advisors, L.P., today announced that it will commence a voluntary tender offer on or about May 20, 2022 (the "Tender Offer") for up to 2.5% of its outstanding common stock ("Shares").

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NORFOLK, Va., May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin Stevenson, president and CEO of PRA Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRAA), a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, was recognized for his proven track record of outstanding leadership, exemplary service and advocacy for positive change during the Community Builders Award ceremony yesterday evening.

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NEW YORK, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report by The Conference Board reveals that, as boards seek to recruit more directors with functional expertise, the percentage of board members in the Russell 3000 with business strategy experience has declined by five percentage points, from 67.7 percent to 62.9 percent. Accompanying that worrisome decline is a drop in directors with international experience, despite a more interconnected and tumultuous world.

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NEW YORK, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced a new lease with SESAC MUSIC GROUP, a leading music rights management and content company, for the full 24th floor at 250 West 57th Street that totals 12,611 square feet.

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The national delinquency rate fell to 2.80% in April, down four basis points from March, hitting a new record low for the second consecutive monthOverall delinquencies are down nearly 40% from last year as the mortgage market continues to recover from pandemic-related impactsThe number of borrowers who are a single payment past due increased 7.9% month-over-month, following typical seasonal patternsThis was offset by strong improvement among borrowers who are three or more payments past due – with volumes falling by 8% month-over-monthThough such serious delinquencies have fallen between 6%-12% in each of the past 14 months, volumes remain more than 55% above pre-pandemic levelsDespite still-elevated serious delinquency levels, foreclosure starts dropped nearly 12% from March and are holding well below pre-pandemic levels – though active foreclosures edged slightly higherPrepayment activity fell by 19.1% from March and 61.8% from a year ago as interest rates continued their sharp ascent in April

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DENVER, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX), parent company of RE/MAX, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, and Motto Mortgage, the first and only national mortgage brokerage franchise brand in the U.S., announced today that Chief Financial Officer Karri Callahan and President and Chief Executive Officer of RE/MAX, LLC Nick Bailey will participate in the following conferences:

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Through integrity and empathy, The GVTC Foundation connects the community to opportunity through five key areas of giving. Education is one of these areas, and our mission is to build stronger, more empowered communities via opportunities in education.