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Updating Financial Advisor Standards

Is your financial professional putting your needs first? In the financial services industry, there’s no shortage of people calling themselves financial advisors. Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a financial advisor, which can be highly misleading and confusing. According to AARP, there are more than 400,000 people in the U.S. that call themselves financial advisors –… read more

Tuesday, April 21st – LIVE TweetChat: Mature Workers Dominate the Workforce

Calling all Tweetchat-ers! We’re partnering with Bankrate.com to lead a TweetChat next Tuesday, April 21st at 7pm ET. We recently wrote on Straight Talk about the positive impact that aging workers have on our economy. Now, we’re opening up the floor to hear from you! How do mature workers improve the workplace landscape? How can employers attract and retain… read more

Aging Workforce Good for Employers and the Economy

Older workers have long encountered age discrimination from employers who perceived them to be less creative, resistant to change, unmotivated and costly to keep. However, recent studies and polls debunk these negative stereotypes and suggest that mature workers are an integral part of businesses staying successful in a competitive marketplace. According to a new report… read more

Early 401(k) & IRA Withdrawals Erode Retirement Assets

Did you know millions of Americans are dipping into their retirement accounts prematurely, causing permanent damage to future retirement account balances? According to a new study released by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR), 1.2 percent of all assets leak out annually, mostly from cash-outs (0.5 percent) and hardship withdrawals (0.3 percent).… read more

Emergency Apps: Smartphone Apps for Your Safety

Our phones are our constant companions – we use them to check emails, monitor bank balances, pay bills, take pictures and as technology continues to advance – even save lives. Emergency apps for your smartphone are the best way to monitor your own safety and the safety of others important to you. There are many… read more