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Protect your children and grandchildren from the scams of today’s online world.  With the combination of being tech savvy and confident on the internet, young people today are vulnerable to scam artists, especially in an increasing dangerous online world. They tend to be a more trusting age group than others, as well. Whether you are a concerned parent or grandparent, teaching your teens to be “internet-smart” can help them avoid internet fraud. Maintaining a constant online presence can make it easier for scammers and identity thieves to find their targets. In 2021, the Federal Trade Commision estimated that individuals 19-years-old and… [...]

Although we are near the middle of 2022, it is never too late to update your financial calendar following these tips.  Financial Planning for the future can be a stressful head-scratching process. If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that you can’t prepare for everything, but you can plan for what you do know. This year may offer a chance for many to start getting their financial plan back on track.A personal finance calendar contains monthly events and deadlines that could impact your finances. Keeping track of these important monthly dates can help you stick to your… [...]

What Kind of Bear Market are We Looking at?

Written by: Benjamin Bimson CIMA®, CMT® / CIO, Trek Financial A great debate is underway in the market, which is testing the resolve of investors. There is no doubt that markets have had a difficult beginning to 2022. With a third of the year behind us, equity markets are all down this year. However, it has not just been equity markets that have struggled. Nearly all asset classes have had a bad start to the year as expectations of slowing growth and inflation have starred as the economic worries of 2022.Last Thursday the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the first… [...]

The good and the bad in the outlook for consumer spending

Guest Post by Ned Davis Research With personal consumption expenditures (PCE) accounting for nearly 70% of real GDP, the economy usually goes where the consumers take it. And lately consumers have been souring on the economic outlook amid surging inflation, the end of fiscal stimulus lastyear, Fed tightening this year, and increaseduncertainty about a potential impact from theRussia-Ukraine war. Surely, all of these factors will curb consumer demand. But on the flip side, payrolls continue to grow at a healthy pace, households still have a lot of excess savings, and their debt burden is low. As a result, we expect… [...]

Set yourself on the right financial path by implementing healthy habits into your life. What is Financial Freedom?Finanical freedom can be defined as the folowing four elements:Having control over your day-to-day, and month-to-month financesHaving the ability to absorb financial shockBeing on track to meet your financial goalsMaking the choices that enable you to best enjoy life1 By having financial freedom, one can make decisions that align with their values and life goals instead of according to their next paycheck. These following healthy financial habits can help you reach financial freedom.  Set Life GoalsYou’ve read the definition we provided, but what is… [...]