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Tax Law Changes: The American Families Plan and how it might impact you
Tax Law Changes: The American Families Plan and how it might impact you

Tax Law Changes: The American Families Plan and how it might impact you

October 14, 2021 / Erin Sunday

President Biden’s ambitious American Families Plan is billed as “an investment in our kids, our families, and our economic future.” That investment comes to life in the form of programs designed to help families cover the basic expenses with which so many struggle, lowering health insurance premiums, and continuing the American Rescue Plan’s historic reductions in child poverty.…

Tax Law Changes: A closer look at estate and gift taxes
Tax Law Changes: A closer look at estate and gift taxes

Tax Law Changes: A closer look at estate and gift taxes

October 12, 2021 / Erin Sunday

Part three of our four-part series on 2021 tax law changes is a topic that might not impact everyone, but if it does impact you, it’s important to understand what changes are in store. The topic at hand is proposed estate and gift taxes.…

Tax Law Changes: A closer look at corporate taxes
Tax Law Changes: A closer look at corporate taxes

Tax Law Changes: A closer look at corporate taxes

October 07, 2021 / Erin Sunday

A few days ago, we kicked off our four-part series on tax law changes with a look at what’s in store — or at least what’s proposed — for your personal income taxes. Today, we shift financial gears to corporate taxes. (Future articles will look at the American Families Plan and estate and gift taxes.)…

Tax Law Changes: A closer look at individual taxes and what the changes mean for you
Tax Law Changes: A closer look at individual taxes and what the changes mean for you

Tax Law Changes: A closer look at individual taxes and what the changes mean for you

October 05, 2021 / Erin Sunday

A new presidential administration often means a variety of new tax law changes. In this four-part series, we’ll offer a closer look at some of the tax law changes being proposed by President Joe Biden and the House Ways and Means Committee. The series will include a review of the American Families Plan, estate and gift tax changes, corporate tax changes, and today’s post — individual tax changes.…

Why keeping up with the Joneses is never a good idea
Why keeping up with the Joneses is never a good idea

Why keeping up with the Joneses is never a good idea

September 30, 2021 / F&M Trust

Your neighbor just bought a new 21-foot bass-fishing boat (and a new truck to tow it). Your sister just posted more pictures of her luxurious vacation to Barbados (for the fourth time this week). And your best friend just upgraded his man cave with not one, but FIVE vintage arcade games (including Donkey Kong). If you’re feeling a little jealous — and maybe even feeling the urge to run out and upgrade your own possessions to maintain the same social status — don’t worry, that’s normal.…

How to teach kids financial responsibility with an allowance
How to teach kids financial responsibility with an allowance

How to teach kids financial responsibility with an allowance

September 20, 2021 / F&M Trust

The debate over whether to give kids an allowance is as old as the practice itself, but the benefits of giving kids an allowance are clear. Kids who get an allowance are more financially savvy later in life than those who don’t, and are less likely to abuse credit as adults.…

A closer look at the link between money and happiness
A closer look at the link between money and happiness

A closer look at the link between money and happiness

September 07, 2021 / F&M Trust

Can money buy happiness? It’s difficult to answer that question, but we do know this: Money — the mismanagement of it and the lack of it — can cause stress.…

Post Covid Investing: Time for a Deeper Look
Post Covid Investing: Time for a Deeper Look

Post Covid Investing: Time for a Deeper Look

May 03, 2021 / Scott Ehrig

As the worst of the pandemic gradually recedes, investors are statistics that will, on their face, seem outlandish. Year over year comparisons will be stunning in notional terms. Economic indicators will also post extraordinary readings. But, like most things, true understanding requires a deeper examination, which is an important prerequisite to making smart, impactful decisions.…

First quarter 2021 economic review and outlook
First quarter 2021 economic review and outlook

First quarter 2021 economic review and outlook

April 26, 2021 / Warren Hurt

In this first quarter of 2021, the weather has broken, vaccine delivery is accelerating and we are starting to feel a sense of freedom may just be over the horizon. Here’s a review of the first quarter of 2021 and an outlook of what’s to come:…

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