Financial Strategies: CDs, Stocks and More

In some way or another, there’s risk involved with any form of investment. Staying away from high-yield investments may prevent you from losing a significant amount of money, but then you may run the risk of not having enough retirement assets to reach your goals….

Too Much Positivity can Equal a Negative

The mind is a powerful tool. It can protect, justify, trick and even make good things happen by its sheer will. A good example is the placebo effect, a biology-based phenomenon with proven positive results.1 But there are limits to what a positive mindset can…

Where Do We Stand as a Country?

If there’s one phrase that’s entered the mainstream lexicon as the 2016 election approaches, it’s “Let’s make America great again!”1 Every president, regardless of party, vows to make the country better in some way, but as a whole, has America lost ground?2 Are we really…

Retailers Innovate to Meet Shifting Needs

You can tell a lot about people by reviewing their purchase receipts. Where they shop, what restaurants they favor, where they prefer to buy gas. So, what can you tell by evaluating a huge database of receipts submitted over time by a large population of…

Boomer Boom or Boomer Bust?

The phrase “boom or bust” refers to a scenario of great prosperity or economic growth followed suddenly by a period of decline. Some economists suspect the aptly termed “baby boomers” could potentially create just such a phenomenon during their twilight years. As the largest demographic…

Taking Stock of Changing Financial Landscape

A recent report says 30-year returns won’t be as high as they were in the 20th century. According to the McKinsey Global Institute’s stock and bond market research, a 30-year-old today will have to work seven years longer, or nearly double how much money he…

Taking Your Best Shot at House Hunting

It’s that time of year again. Homeowners have been painting, repairing, trimming and planting in an effort to get their properties ready for the spring real estate selling season. It’s an annual ritual that, according to those in the industry, hasn’t created enough volume in…

Crisis Management: Focus on What you can Control

How do you choose what to worry about? In the 24-hour news cycle, we’re hit from all directions with the latest “crisis” the world is facing. Obesity. Sleep deprivation. Student-loan debt. A shortage of biscuits. It’s constant and can be exhausting. That’s not even taking…

We’re Living in a Digital World

Madonna, David Bowie, Lady Gaga: Some of the most successful entertainers in show business have been renowned for reinventing themselves. But, when you think about how much our lives have changed over the years, reinvention has become a part of our everyday routines as well….

Crisis Management: Focus on What you can Control

How do you choose what to worry about? In the 24-hour news cycle, we’re hit from all directions with the latest “crisis” the world is facing. Obesity. Sleep deprivation. Student-loan debt. A shortage of biscuits. It’s constant and can be exhausting. That’s not even taking…