5 Ways to Safeguard Your Finances Against a Second Wave of Coronavirus

by Kelly Bowen* on Feb 17, 2021

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in ways that we didn’t anticipate at the start of the year, especially when it comes to our finances. And unfortunately, just as federal emergency benefits are starting to run out, signs of a second wave of the virus are looming—and some may even say it’s already here.

The good news is that there are ways to protect your finances in the event of a second wave of Coronavirus. Whether you took a hit over the past few months or not, here’s some suggestions on ways to help safeguard your finances moving forward.

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Retiring as a Small Business Owner

by Kelly Bowen* on Feb 3, 2021

There are over 30 million small businesses in the United States. Many people start their own businesses in order to become their own boss and take control over their schedules, career goals and finances. It can be incredibly rewarding to start and own a successful small business. But one thing that many small business owners may not think about is a retirement plan.

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The Basics of Paycheck Protection Program Loans: Round Two

by Kelly Bowen* on Jan 27, 2021

The year 2020 was unprecedented for so many reasons—all because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many suffered from job losses, had to juggle childcare while working from home, and tried to keep their small businesses open with few resources. Thankfully, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established a business loan program to help keep businesses across the country afloat during tough economic times.

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Medicare in 2021: Here’s What You Need to Know

by Kelly Bowen* on Jan 26, 2021

Many older Americans rely on Medicare for their health care needs. But it’s not always easy to figure out what’s covered and how much it will cost. Medicare benefits change from year to year, and 2021 is bringing an increase in premiums for participants. The good news is, there are other ways to save on Medicare costs. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s changes in Medicare.

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Explaining the Benefits of a 401(k) to Young Adults Entering the Workforce

by Kelly Bowen* on Jan 20, 2021

If you have a child graduating from high school or college and entering the workforce, they may have the opportunity to open up a 401(k) through their new employer. In some cases, that employer will also offer matching contribution funds up to a certain percentage. While it sounds like a no-brainer to take advantage of these benefits early, less than one-third of employees ages 25 and younger participate in their employer’s 401(k) plan. 

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How to Finance Your Dream Car

by Kelly Bowen* on Jan 13, 2021


Car ownership is necessary for many of us to get around, especially for those who live far from public transportation. While you may choose to drive something practical for your everyday commute, errands and travel, you probably have dreams of driving a car that’s fun, sporty and luxurious. Owning an expensive luxury or exotic vehicle may seem out of reach, but there are financial options available to make your dream a reality. Here are some ways you can finance and save for that luxury vehicle.  

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Should You Retire at the Same Time As Your Spouse?

by Kelly Bowen* on Jan 6, 2021

If you and your spouse are making plans to retire, you’re probably wondering whether it’s a good idea to retire at the same time. Many couples go through the same thought process and, in fact, one in four couples quit their jobs within a year of each other. But retirement is a decision that should be carefully thought out. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to retire at the same time as your spouse.

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Is a Reverse Mortgage a Smart Path to Extra Retirement Cash Flow?

by Kelly Bowen* on Jan 5, 2021

If you’re over the age of 62 and in need of some extra cash flow in your retirement, you may be considering a reverse mortgage. Borrowing money from your home equity might sound like a good idea, but is it actually a wise move financially? Here are some things to consider when making the decision to take out a reverse mortgage on your home.
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Charitable Giving: How Your Gift Gives Back in Tax Deductions

by Kelly Bowen* on Dec 15, 2020

 

There’s no doubt that it feels great to help someone in need through charitable giving. There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States that range from food banks and disaster relief centers to churches and cultural centers. And in 2018, Americans contributed over 4 billion dollars to charitable organizations. 

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