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In June, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1% -- its lowest in nearly six years. The economy also created more jobs than expected.
scl.bz Stocks have been reaching record highs due to better economic growth, rising earnings and improving optimism.
Happy Independance Day.... today!!
hnn.us America's independence was actually declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. The night of the second the Pennsylvania Evening Post published the statement:"This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States."
Are you sending a child to college in the future? Today we look at one way to help make that possible: a 529 plan. These education savings plans are designed to help families set aside funds for college costs.
scl.bz This article discusses 9 ways to make the most of a 529 plan.
Can the stock market continue to rise? In this video, Investment Strategist Kate Warne addresses this and other common investor questions.
scl.bz Kate will also discuss if we are due for a stock market correction, and when interest rates may rise.
Today's Making Sense Monday article discusses the importance of choosing beneficiaries. This means selecting a person/institution to receive the assets in your account upon your death.
scl.bz One of the easiest ways to make sure your assets go to the right people is to list them as beneficiaries.
Whether retirement is a few decades away or just a few years, a personal savings plan called an IRA (individual retirement account) can help motivate you to set aside money by offering tax advantages.
scl.bz This week's Making Sense Monday article discusses the differences between two types of IRAs, Roth and traditional.
Like you tell your children, it's important to do homework. In your case, this means developing a strategy to help pay for their education.
scl.bz This report helps you consider ways to save, financial aid and investment options and how to balance education savings with other important goals.
Are you wondering when interest rates might rise? Investment Strategist Kate Warne gives us her take.
scl.bz Here are the top questions investors raise – and our answers.
Looking forward to some summer fun? I am, too. Here are 4 tips to balance this season's spending with your long-term financial goals. #whatsimportanttoyou
scl.bz Summertime is a great time to make sure you're still on track toward reaching your financial goals.
I drove 1500 miles last week. Wish I would have seen this article sooner.
forbes.com Ten easy steps to save at the pump.
A great time to schedule a financial review might be during the lazy days of summer. We should meet at least once per year to ensure your current needs and priorities are reflected in your portfolio. #whatsimportanttoyou
scl.bz Changes are always occurring in the markets and your life, so it's important to review your investments regularly.
.... except dropping out of school to become a tattoo artist.
http://tennesseevintagebaseball.com/ramsey-house. This looks pretty cool if you're a baseball fan. The Dry Town Boys of Roane County take on the Knoxville Holstons this Saturday at noon at historic Ramsey House.
Need to amp up saving for your retirement? Try these three tips from Forbes.
scl.bz Forbes gives ideas to help boost your retirement savings.
The economy has finally recovered all the jobs lost during the Great Recession.
scl.bz The U.S. added 217,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate remained at 6.3%.
You might be looking forward to retirement, but have you considered exactly how you'd like to spend that time? Here are some questions you should ask yourself.
scl.bz Make sure to enjoy your retirement years to the fullest by clearly defining your vision.
Is the economy improving? Investment Strategist Kate Warne addresses this question and nine others in the following report.
scl.bz Markets have been confusing in 2014, and uncertainty is rising. Here are a few of the common questions investors would like answered.
Even in the Zombie Apocalypse you have to be ready to grill at a moments notice. For the dad who has everything this Fathers Day.
thinkgeek.com A handful of tools for those who love the cookout.
Here's a great tech tip on Powerpoint for noobs like me (and some of you). http://www.180techtips.com/176.html
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This Sunday is a great day to honor dads for all they do. If you're a dad, it can be an important time to consider how to keep protecting your family through your financial strategy. #whatsimportanttoyou
scl.bz Certain risks to your financial strategy will always need to be addressed – but some risks may change depending on your life stage and current goals.
[06/10/14] You never truly understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother.
Firefly viewing returns to the Smokies.
Millions of fireflies are in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and they put on quite a show for visitors. 6-4-14
Are you a professional woman looking to leave your job for a career?
scl.bz If you leave your job for a career, the risk could be worth it. But how do you tell a job from a career? As a professional woman considering a career change, you need to test drive a position to see how it handles.
According to theknot.com's annual Real Weddings Study, the average cost for a wedding in 2013 was $30,000. How much did you spend on your wedding? #whatsimportanttoyou
scl.bz Paying for a wedding can be a huge financial undertaking. Are you prepared?
[05/23/14] Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" using only 50 different words. Seuss produced one of his most popular works on a bet that he couldn’t write a whole book in 50 or fewer words. Seuss won the bet and the only word in the book that is more than one syllable is "anywhere."
[05/23/14] New Mexico State's first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.
Here's a helpful LinkedIn tip.
If you're looking for new job opportunities, you already know how important it is to have eyes on your LinkedIn profile. Now the networking site's new redesign gives you the tools to attract even more.
Looking for a career change? Consider volunteering your time and giving back to your community.
scl.bz Volunteer work can be incredibly valuable to your career, whether you're seeking your first professional job or a move into management.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that up to nine million cases of identity theft occur every year. Learn how to protect your credit rating and reputation.
Pay too much in taxes this year? This article discusses some steps you can take to help you keep more of what you earn.
scl.bz Here are a few tax-advantaged investment ideas.
The Arkansas School for the Deaf's nickname is the Leopards. The Deaf Leopards. Really.
[05/15/14] The medical term for ice cream headaches (what my kid calls brain freeze) is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. Spread that around the watercooler at work.
A dividend is a payment from a company to its shareholders, historically based on its earnings. Dividends are usually paid quarterly in the form of cash and sometimes stock. Payments are in proportion to the number of shares an investor owns.
scl.bz This article discusses the benefits of dividend-growing stocks and when to use caution when examining companies that pay high dividends.
A correction occurs when the stock market drops at least 10%. These types of declines historically happen about once a year and are not a reason to sell quality investments.
scl.bz When the market declines, stay calm, cool and invested – and consider your long-term financial goals.
I hope everyone had a great Mothers Day yesterday. Here's a pic of my mom (right) and her mom. Around 1962. Happy Mothers Day, Dixie Nelson!!
In April, the unemployment rate hit its lowest level in more than four years. April's job gains were also the largest since January 2012.
scl.bz As the weather warmed, we've seen many signs of economic improvement.
[05/02/14] According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most commonly stolen vehicle in 2012 was the 1994 Honda Accord. Wow. I could think of so many other cars to steal.
[05/02/14] According to Amazon, the most highlighted Kindle books are the Bible, the Steve Jobs biography, and The Hunger Games. Just a little something to share around the watercooler this afternoon.
We spend an average of over 15 hours per month (186 hours per YEAR!) just surfing Facebook.* How many hours last year did you spend planning your financial future and retirement? One? Two? None? Please share.
*Source: Browser Media, Socialnomics, MacWorld
Did you know that there's a 50% chance the survivor of a 65-year-old couple could live to age 90? Check out this report that discusses how to build a sustainable retirement income strategy.
scl.bz We believe the foundation of your retirement income strategy should be built with lifetime income sources …
Long-term care is the assistance you need when you are not able to do activities of daily living such as bathing or dressing. You can either incorporate these costs into your budget and “self-insure,” or transfer the risk to an insurance company.
scl.bz It’s important to help protect your loved ones from financial, physical and emotional burdens if you should require long-term care.
[04/21/14] Name just one thing that's on your bucket list that you haven't completed.
In our latest Edward Jones Perspective video, "Fighting Back: Mature Investors and Fraud," we discuss fraud detection and tips for protecting yourself.
scl.bz Consumer fraud seems to be everywhere these days. But does the risk increase as you get older?
"Waltz for Wishes," one of East Tennessee Make A Wish Foundations major fundraisers, happens April 26th at the Knoxville Downtown Marriott Hotel. We really could use some great silent auction items if your business would like to participate. Anything you feel is appropriate such as gift certificates, etc. Take a quick click and check out some of the sponsor opportunites then give me a call if you'd like to help. 865-936-3629.
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