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You’ve Got the Mini-Fridge for Your College-Bound Kid – Now Don’t Forget the Documents!

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You’ve Got the Mini-Fridge for Your College-Bound Kid – Now Don’t Forget the Documents!

My niece’s hard work in high school paid off, and she had many fantastic options for higher education. Despite being from New Jersey, she chose a liberal arts college halfway across the country in Texas and is about to begin her junior year there.

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Market Commentary: Inflation Surge Loses Steam, Job Openings Continue to Increase

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Market Commentary: Inflation Surge Loses Steam, Job Openings Continue to Increase

Core inflation moderated significantly last month, rising only 0.3% after jumping 0.9% in June. Used vehicle prices, which rose 10.2% in June, increased only 0.2% in July. Core CPI excludes food and energy prices, which rose 0.7% and 1.5% respectively. Those two categories propelled overall inflation 0.5% higher, down from 0.9% last month.

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The Right Time For a Roth Conversion

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The Right Time For a Roth Conversion

Watch this webinar hosted by Carson’s Managing Partner of Wealth Solutions, Jamie Hopkins, and Planner, Ryan Yamada, to learn more about when is the right time for a roth conversion.

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Market Commentary: Restaurants, Bars Lead Hiring Surge as Unemployment Drops, Wages Rise

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Market Commentary: Restaurants, Bars Lead Hiring Surge as Unemployment Drops, Wages Rise

 A strong U.S. employment report was the top market event last week. Payrolls surged 943,000, and the prior two months were revised higher by 119,000 (Figure 1). Restaurants and bars continue to rehire workers as activity expands. The leisure and hospitality segment, which includes eating establishments, added 380,000 jobs.

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Social Security Taxation Worksheet

Did you know your Social Security benefits can be taxed? That’s right – up to 85% of your Social Security benefits, money that you put away over your entire career, could be subject to taxation when you receive the benefits in retirement. Our worksheet helps you figure out if you owe, and how much of your benefit could be taxed. Inform yourself, and plan accordingly. Fill out the form below to download the worksheet:

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Social Security to Run Out of Money

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Social Security to Run Out of Money

When a problem is 14 or 15 years away, there’s not great urgency to fix it. But when that problem comes within a decade, that’s a different story. You’ve likely read that the Social Security trust fund is going to run out of money by 2034, but with the looming Trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund Report coming out soon, it might be more like 2030.

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Market Commentary: Supply Chain Issues Negatively Affected GDP and Housing in Q2, June

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Market Commentary: Supply Chain Issues Negatively Affected GDP and Housing in Q2, June

 Supply chain issues continued to constrain economic growth and housing. U.S. GDP grew 6.5% in the second quarter, falling 2.0% short of expectations. Strong consumer demand created a surge in purchases. Production didn’t match demand, and the corresponding drop in inventories robbed more than 1% of GDP growth. Housing demand slowed as well last month. Shortages of appliances along with higher interest rates and prices are pressuring demand for housing.

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5 Risk Factors to Watch in the Third Quarter of 2021

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5 Risk Factors to Watch in the Third Quarter of 2021

Though we’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of vaccinations increasing and the great reopening upon us, we’re reemerging from our bunkers in full force.

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Market Commentary: Economy Reacts to Recent Upward Trends in COVID Cases, Unemployment Claims and Stocks

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Market Commentary: Economy Reacts to Recent Upward Trends in COVID Cases, Unemployment Claims and Stocks

The more contagious Delta variant has contributed to a 172% increase in U.S. COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks. The spike is raising concerns some social distancing measures may be reenacted. Initial jobless claims are increasing. Last week claims jumped above 400,000 after staying below that threshold for several weeks.

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Quarterly Market Outlook: Q3 2021

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Quarterly Market Outlook: Q3 2021

Watch this webinar hosted by Carson’s Senior Investment Strategist, Scott Kubie, and Portfolio Strategist, Patrick Sittner, for this Quarterly Market Outlook.

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