In the Middle

Remember Jan Brady of the Brady Bunch? She always lamented being the “middle child,” because Cindy got attention for being the littlest and “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” got attention as the oldest. Much like other children “in the middle,” Jan felt […]

Hidden Fees

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Our life is frittered away by detail.” It does often seem that way where finances are concerned. For example, despite the consumer protections advanced by the Credit Card Act of 2009, you may still get […]

The Immigration Debate

Alice Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, recently wrote an article supporting immigration reform. According to her article at Marketwatch.com, if the current legislative bill were passed, it would substantially reduce Social Security costs as […]

Do Jobs Matter as Much as Engagement?

In July, the U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent in June. However, job market numbers are complex. According to The Wall Street Journal, 227,000 more people said they were employed […]

Fed Chairman: Economic Influence, Conjecture and Perspective

At first glance, one might think that the president of the United States — arguably the most powerful person in the free world — is the most influential force on economic growth. Recent history has proven otherwise. From Alan Greenspan […]

Health Care Law Updates

Section 3022 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provided for the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These provider-run organizations are responsible for the overall quality, cost and care of a defined group of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. […]

Busy in Congress

We thought it might be an interesting summer in Congress, with Republicans still fighting Obamacare, sequestration cuts underway, and more deficit proposals on the table. But Congress has a lot more going on. Read on to see what legislative changes […]

Long Life Spans – and Retirement Income Strategies

Atlanta resident Jim Peniston is looking to retire in about three years, but his biggest concern is outliving his money. In his words, a longer life is a blessing – but it’s also a curse. In fact, according to a […]

Reshaping Retirement

Visit an established restaurant in your area and you may be struck by the number of gray-haired patrons. In fact, many of the seemingly older seniors are likely to be accompanied by their graying (or otherwise color-coiffed) middle aged children. […]

Interest Rates: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In May, the 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 54 basis points to 2.24 percent in the span of one month. Economists have been predicting the eventual rise in interest rates, but a jump this big in such a short time […]