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Beware of Coronavirus Scams

After a press conference in which President Trump mentioned scientists were testing the potential of using disinfectants as a coronavirus cure, poison control centers across the country reported a spike in calls. In Maryland alone, the Emergency Management Agency fielded more than 100 calls asking about the president’s suggestion. In less than 24 hours of…

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Where the Banking Industry Stands Today

The Great Recession of 2008 was largely compounded by weaknesses in the U.S. banking system, making it vulnerable to economic and market declines. In an effort to shore up the system, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which levied sweeping reforms on the financial sector.1 As a result, the banking system is far stronger…

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How Businesses Can Stay Afloat

Pandemic or not, America’s businesses clearly need a plan to survive an economic downturn. If the owner of a small business has not delegated authority, a health issue affecting the owner could derail that business. The closing of a town’s major employer can drive customers of small businesses out of town to work elsewhere. Damage…

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Ways the Pandemic May Change the Future of Employment

About 8.5% of U.S. households are headed by a self-employed person. While self-employed households tend to earn higher income than salaried households, research shows they also tend to take the biggest hit during an economic downturn.1 The emergence of independent contractors and the gig economy helped make self-employment a more viable option for Americans after…

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Virus Prompts Changes to Tax Season

The worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has affected just about everyone in some way. The U.S. Congress is rushing to provide resources for the health care system, the nation’s businesses and workers. Since the outbreak occurred so close to the April 15 tax filing deadline, the federal government has made changes to relieve some…

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Health Care Woes Predicted Long Ago

“The federal pandemic influenza plan and public health experts predict that should the H5N1 influenza virus mutate in such a way that human-to-human transmission can easily occur, approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population could develop the disease. An influenza pandemic of some type could occur in the next few years … It is expected…

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Insuring Income In Coronavirus Outbreak

As the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus flows through our nation’s population, many Americans may find themselves working shorter shifts, working from home, on paid or unpaid medical leave, furloughed or even laid off. While additional remedies from federal, state and local governments may be forthcoming to help households sustain financial stability, there are programs…

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Affordable Housing Crisis Challenges

There are several factors contributing to the current housing shortage in the U.S. For starters, low inventory of existing homes for sale has driven up the prices of available housing, leaving many first- and second-time homebuyers unable to afford to buy or trade up. Housing permits for new construction have risen throughout the past couple…

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Your Money Persona

We are all unique individuals with distinct personalities, likes and dislikes as well as different ways of talking, thinking, solving problems and interacting. We have exclusive modes of expressing ourselves through dress, grooming and our own catchphrases. And, we each have our own way of thinking about money. Some of us are frugal, some are…

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Caregiving: What’s Your Strategy?

There’s an adage often found on decorative signs and other accessories that reads, “Be nice to your kids; they will choose your nursing home.” The saying rather drives home the best and the worst aspects about planning for old age. Many retirees will tell you that their most fervent wish is to have a good…

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