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Jill On Money: When saving should FINE replace FIRE?

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A recent CBS News/YouGov poll found that 69% of Americans are optimistic about their own personal finances, generally. That’s an amazing turnaround from the early pandemic days, when millions of workers lost jobs and were unsure and anxious about the future.

In just over a year, the worst recession since the Great Depression appears to be in ...Read more

Jill On Money: Credit where credit is due

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The government response to the pandemic recession has allowed Americans to stay afloat, and in some cases, to save. Additionally, borrowers were able to take advantage of low interest rates to refinance mortgages, and consolidate and lower interest rates on auto and credit card balances. With the federal student loan program in forbearance until...Read more

Jill On Money: Is there really a labor shortage?

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“We hear every day from our member companies — of every size and industry, across nearly every state — that they’re facing unprecedented challenges trying to find workers to fill jobs.” – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce America Works Report

“People actually have a lot of money, and they don't particularly feel like going back to work...Read more

Jill On Money: Should kids be able to invest?

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One of the best investor developments of the past decade is how technology has made the process of putting money to work so much easier.

After the advent of index funds fifty years ago, the ability to use an app to buy and sell at low or no cost has allowed millions of investors globally to access markets without struggling to navigate an ...Read more

Jill On Money: Will High Prices Persist?

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Earlier this year, I warned that prices could rise. Those fears came to fruition in April, as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures what people pay for all goods and services, jumped by 4.2% from a year ago. It was the strongest annual increase since 2008. The core CPI, which strips out the volatile food and energy components, ...Read more

Jill On Money: The COVID-19 freeze is thawing

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The financial freeze of the COVID-19 pandemic is thawing. 2020 was the worst year for the U.S. economy in decades, but as vaccinations have ramped up and government stimulus efforts continue, 2021 has started on strong footing. The government reported that the gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of growth, expanded at a 6.4% ...Read more

Jill On Money: Unpacking the tax nuances of President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan

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The American Families Plan is a combination of $1 trillion of spending over 10 years and $800 billion worth of tax credits, which are currently temporary and would be made permanent. The proposal is mostly focused on education, child care, and paid family and medical leave. To fund the plan, the proposal would impose higher taxes on the nation�...Read more

Jill On Money: Answering post-COVID-19 pandemic insurance questions

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More than a year after COVID-19 swept across the country, many of you have contacted me to ask about various insurance needs. Here are some of the questions that I have fielded.

Question: I am a 33-year-old woman, who survived the virus and have felt some longer-term effects, like fatigue. Will my COVID diagnosis prevent me from getting life ...Read more

Jill On Money: Answering post-COVID-19 pandemic insurance questions

Business / Jill On Money /

More than a year after COVID-19 swept across the country, many of you have contacted me to ask about various insurance needs. Here are some of the questions that I have fielded.

Question: I am a 33-year-old woman, who survived the virus and have felt some longer-term effects, like fatigue. Will my COVID diagnosis prevent me from getting life ...Read more

Jill On Money: Memes, SPACs and NFTs (Oh My!)

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April is Financial Literacy Month and this year, it’s time to add some new words and terms to your financial lexicon — keep these terms that have dominated the headlines in the first few months of 2021 in your back pocket.

Meme Stock: Meme is defined as “an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of ...Read more

Jill On Money: Will infrastructure spending supersize growth under the American Jobs Plan?

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If you didn’t have the time or the energy to dive into the Biden Administration’s $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan (AJP), fear not — I have you covered.

The plan seeks “to reimagine and rebuild a new economy” by deploying government money in four areas:

1. Classic Infrastructure: Roads, rails, bridges and transit systems ($621B)

2. ...Read more

Jill On Money: Navigating a career change brought on by COVID-19

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As the economy and labor market heal in the later stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are trying to assess what comes next. For some, the pandemic reframed their views on their current career trajectories. For others, this scary and anxiety-ridden period of time has prompted a reflection on what’s next. Whether you are sidelined from the ...Read more

Jill On Money: The real estate conundrum - No houses

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A year ago, the nation’s housing market, like the rest of the economy, went into a deep, COVID-induced freeze. By the summer, the real estate industry had adjusted to socially distanced open houses and buyers were trying to get ahead of what would become a long year of work and school from home.

As we enter the spring, the housing market has ...Read more

Jill On Money: Happy birthday, pandemic bull market

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On March 23, 2020, stocks plummeted to the pandemic bear market bottom. The month of March was agonizing, as investors were forced to dust off the term “trading halt,” as they endured a gut-wrenching sell-off. The damage was swift: the records of the previous month vaporized into a bear market (defined as a decline of more than 20% from the ...Read more

 

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