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Four steps to budget like a pro
Four steps to budget like a pro

Four steps to budget like a pro

February 18, 2020 / Paulo Oliveira

Budgeting is a vital component of building and maintaining financial stability. For a lot of people though, it can seem like a chore — one too daunting even to try.…

An estate tax story
An estate tax story

An estate tax story

February 11, 2020 / The Merrill Anderson Company

When Anna Smith died in 1991, some 28 years ago, her estate’s main asset was a trust that she had created. The trust held 9,994 shares of stock in State Line Hotel, Inc., a Las Vegas hotel and casino, valued at $11,508,400.…

Everything you need to know about emergency funds
Everything you need to know about emergency funds

Everything you need to know about emergency funds

February 06, 2020 / Christian Merritt

Having a healthy emergency fund in place is a critical component to achieving and maintaining financial stability. Unfortunately, things happen, like medical emergencies and job loss.…

The Big Game Predictor, go 49ers?
The Big Game Predictor, go 49ers?

The Big Game Predictor, go 49ers?

January 31, 2020 / Warren hurt

It may sound as unbelievable as Punxsutawney Phil predicting an early spring, but the outcome of the Super Bowl forecasts the stock market’s direction for the year ahead.…

Careful - that stock might not be what you think it is
Careful - that stock might not be what you think it is

Careful - that stock might not be what you think it is

January 21, 2020 / The Merrill Anderson Company

A new study suggests “investor confusion” may be responsible for about 5 percent of trading. The confusion comes from ticker symbols that are very similar, leading to execution errors.…

How to negotiate a higher salary
How to negotiate a higher salary

How to negotiate a higher salary

January 08, 2020 / Dr. Karen Carmack

You’ve interviewed for a new job, and now it’s time to talk money. While it may seem daunting, negotiating salary is a pivotal step in the interview process. It’s your chance to get the pay you deserve and set your financial trajectory for years to come.…

What Your Credit Score Really Means
What Your Credit Score Really Means

What Your Credit Score Really Means

January 01, 2020 / Amanda Kegerreis

Ever wonder how important your credit score is? Well, that three-digit number has a lot of power. It can make or break your ability to receive a loan, a credit card, affordable car insurance and even rent an apartment.…

Investment Outlook
Investment Outlook

Investment Outlook

December 27, 2019 / The Merrill Anderson Company

Here’s an interesting nugget that was buried on page R5 of the October 1, 2019, Wall Street Journal: If you invested just $1,000 in the S&P 500 index on January 1, 1970, today you would have $138,908.…

The Ins and Outs of a Cash-out Refinance
The Ins and Outs of a Cash-out Refinance

The Ins and Outs of a Cash-out Refinance

December 20, 2019 / David Bimler

Maybe you want to renovate your bathroom or pay down some high-interest debt but you’re having trouble building up the amount of money you need to make it happen.…

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