Prospects for Growth in 2017

Prospects for Growth in 2017   Some researchers believe the U.S. economy has a healthy outlook: The GDP growth rate is in the ideal 2 percent to 3 percent range, unemployment continues to abate and inflation remains in check.1   The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 88 percent of all occupations will experience growth…

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Will We Ever Close the Gender Gap?

Will We Ever Close the Gender Gap?   Every year, the World Economic Forum updates its Global Gender Gap Report, which measures gender disparity across 144 countries and tracks this progress over time. The report pays special attention to the gaps between women and men with regard to health, education, economy and politics.1   Although…

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Trends in the ETF Market

Trends in the ETF Market   In recent months, there has been a recent movement out of actively managed investments into passively managed instruments such as exchange-traded funds. Globally, ETFs gained more than $270 billion in 2016.1   An ETF is a single investment vehicle that tracks all of the securities within an index, a…

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What is a “safe” retirement withdrawal rate?

What is a “safe” retirement withdrawal rate?   In an investment portfolio, the withdrawal rate is the monetary percentage from which a retiree draws from his account each year.  A “safe” withdrawal rate is a fixed percentage distributed as a systematic withdrawal that reasonably expects portfolio funds to last throughout the retiree’s lifetime. When determining…

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A 100-Year Lifespan: Ways to Help Increase Enjoyment

A 100-Year Lifespan: Ways to Help Increase Enjoyment  The average life expectancy of a baby born in the U.S. today is 80 years. However, this prediction assumes prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of birth stay the same throughout a person’s life.1 In reality, patterns of mortality improve over time thanks to discoveries and…

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The Power of Mindfulness

The Power of Mindfulness   It seems everywhere you turn these days, from news shows to news articles to local advertisements, there’s this idea of promoting “mindfulness” in our day-to-day lives. Mindfulness is generally accepted as focusing one’s mental state on the present moment, being completely aware of all elements around us.   Some financial…

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U.S. Jobs Update

U.S. Jobs Update   Americans who expect to see a wide array of new jobs on the horizon may be in for a surprise. Not only are traditional full-time jobs scarcer these days — a combination of technological automation and corporate thrift — but they also aren’t what they used to be. Companies are less…

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Global Trade: Problems and Potential Solutions

Global Trade: Problems and Potential Solutions Global trade and investment have increased dramatically over the past 30 years.1 On one hand, importing lower-cost goods from other countries has saved Americans money. On the other, it has cost American jobs. How many jobs? About 6 million from the manufacturing sector alone between 1999 and 2011, according…

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Health Tips from Around the World

Health Tips from Around the World These days, it’s difficult to tell if America is still the greatest country in the world or one that has slipped from its pedestal. Perhaps it depends upon the measuring criteria. It is widely documented that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country, with a…

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