Gone are the days when employees worked for decades for one employer and received a decent pension and Social Security to fund a comfortable retirement. Retirement investing is now a consumer’s responsibility. Ultimately, financial decisions made during your life determine your retirement lifestyle. David Thomas, CEO at Equitas Capital Advisors in New Orleans, says, “From the World…

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If there’s one thing that can move the economy and stock market forward, it’s hope. This year, that hope is being presented in the form of COVID-19 vaccines. Economists and Wall Street analysts have long proclaimed that comprehensive economic recovery is not possible until we have contained the virus. The prospect of wide distribution of…

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The beginning of the year is typically full of hope. We make New Year’s resolutions, and it may take a few months for our enthusiasm (and vigilance) to wane. There’s also the “January Effect,” when the stock market generally gets a performance boost thanks to tax harvesting in December and subsequent reinvestments. But even that…

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Overview The legislatively mandated minimum wage is the lowest hourly compensation an employer can pay a worker. Originally, it was introduced in 1938 to prevent factories from exploiting workers by paying them low wages that would keep them in poverty. It is possible that some of those factories may have gone out of business because…

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