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March
07

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Check Status of a Tax Refund in Minutes

This article provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Check Status of a Tax Refund in Minutes Using Where’s My Refund? The Where’s My Refund? tool gives taxpayers access to their tax return and refund status anytime. All they need is internet access and three pieces of information: Their Social Security number. Their filing status….

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March
05

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

As Yogi Berra once said: It’s déjà vu all over again…

Last week, global stock markets took a bit of a dip after President Trump announced a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Tariffs are taxes on goods imported from other countries. In general, governments impose tariffs to enhance revenue and/or protect domestic industries from competition abroad. Tariffs tend to…

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February
26

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

US Treasuries – Supply and Demand

Last week, the U.S. Treasury auctioned $258 billion in bonds. Treasury auctions are the way the United States government finances its debt. The Treasury sells short-, intermediate-, and long-term IOUs, known as bills, notes, and bonds. When investors and governments purchase bonds, they agree to lend money to the United States. In return, the United…

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February
20

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

As New York Fashion Week ended, inflation strutted its stuff.

Ever since the Federal Reserve began raising the Fed funds rate in 2015, analysts have been anticipating higher inflation. The fact that price increases remained relatively small was a perplexing mystery. Then, last week, inflation increased faster than expected. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Consumer Price Index (CPI), one measure of inflation, rose…

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February
14

Provided by: Vince Pastorino

Getting Up to Speed as Retirement Draws Near

This article provided by Financial Media Exchange (FMeX) As you approach retirement, many important decisions await you.  If you have a qualified employer-sponsored retirement plan, whether it is a traditional pension or defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k), you will have to decide how to manage the plan’s proceeds once you retire.  Your choice…

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February
12

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

Back to Reality…

After months of eerie calm, stock market volatility has returned. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) – a measure of how turbulent investors expect stock markets to be during the next 30 days – appeared to fall asleep in November 2016. For more than a year, a level of serenity that is rarely associated with stock…

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February
05

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

It was not a good week for stocks.

Last week, stock markets around the world lost value. In the United States, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500), Dow Jones Industrial Index (Dow), and NASDAQ all finished lower. Some pundits have been drawing comparisons between the performance of the Dow last Friday and Black Monday, the memorable day in 1987 when the…

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January
22

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

Gone Negotiating…

Last week, the United States government might as well have hung a sign on the front door of the Capitol that read, “Gone negotiating. We’ll be back in…however long it takes.” In 2013, the U.S. government closed for 16 days. About 850,000 federal workers were furloughed and 6.6 million workdays lost. The shutdown affected private…

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January
08

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

Whoosh! Bang! Flash! Fizz! Whistle!

Your Family CFO. Life Enjoyed. Wealth Appreciated. Learn How Your Family CFO. Life Enjoyed. Wealth Appreciated. Learn How Your Family CFO. Life Enjoyed. Wealth Appreciated. Learn How As wealth grows, life becomes complex. Many successful people are challenged to find the time to both properly manage wealth and focus on their interests and passions. That’s…

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January
03

Provided by: Your Family CFO Team

How good was 2017?

Your Family CFO. Life Enjoyed – Wealth Appreciated. Learn How Your Family CFO. Life Enjoyed – Wealth Appreciated. Learn How Your Family CFO. Life Enjoyed – Wealth Appreciated. Learn How As wealth grows, life becomes complex. Many successful people are challenged to find the time to both properly manage wealth and focus on their interests…

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