Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:27 am
By Dr. Don Taylor ·

The lack of a cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients in 2016 also means that the majority of Medicare beneficiaries will not have an increase in the Medicare Part B premiums this year.

Monday, December 15, 2014 9:26 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

For anyone keenly interested in the nation’s economy and financial markets, a full-fledged Federal Reserve meeting is a little like a present at holiday time. You’re not exactly certain what you’ll get, but you’ll have more than you had before. Whether the information is actually useful a year from now is uncertain. This week’s Fed

Monday, November 17, 2014 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

We’ll find out more this week about falling prices and about what the Fed’s thinking.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:47 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

The increase is modest, but the impact affects millions.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

It looks like the 2015 COLA will be about 1.7 percent — bad news for Social Security recipients hoping for more.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:51 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

The government says inflation is under control. But what you see could be different.

Monday, March 11, 2013 6:00 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

Much of the recent economic data we’ve seen has looked better than expected, but this week’s economic updates may prove to be less inspiring.

Monday, February 18, 2013 5:35 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

This week’s economic data lineup is compressed, because of the President’s Day holiday. The early focus will be on the housing market. Later, inflation.

Monday, April 09, 2012 12:46 pm
By Sheyna Steiner ·

Another week brings more opportunities to gauge the economy, and investing opportunities, in the form of economic indicators.

For the second week of April, investors can look forward to the National Federation of Independent Business Index, the Beige Book, the producer price index, the Consumer Price Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.
NFIB small business survey

On Tuesday, the National Federal of Independent Business will release their survey of small business owners for the month of March. The February reading of the NFIB small business survey, released last month, indicated an increase for the sixth consecutive month.

Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:55 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

As Congress struggles with ways to reduce the federal deficit, one of the approaches that appears to be among the most likely to be adopted is a revision in the way the Consumer Price Index is calculated. The CPI measures how much the cost of the things people buy is affected by inflation. The chained

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