What a great way to start the day and start off the week, serving alongside of co-workers and clients at an amazing little non-profit in Charlotte, called Promising Pages. Promising Pages inspires underserved children to achieve their dreams by instilling a love of reading. Fueled by studies showing that children who can’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. More than 60,000 underserved kids in the Charlotte area are at risk of falling behind. Promising Pages provides innovative classroom programs and more than 100,000 free books annually, making it Charlotte’s largest and most efficient distributor of upcycled books aimed at addressing this critical – and solvable – community need. We counted, sorted, cleaned and stamped books, getting them prepped and ready. Next stop … a child’s hands. What a worthwhile endeavor. If you would like to learn more, or are interested in volunteering one day as well, please check them out online at http://promisingpages.org They depend on volunteers, so “book” a date!
As a parent, of course you want to give your child the best opportunity for success, and for many, attending the “right” university or college is that opportunity. Unfortunately, being accepted to the college of one’s choice may not be as easy as it once was. Additionally, the earlier you consider how you expect to … Continue reading “Countdown to College”
New inherited IRA rules took effect on January 1, 2020. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act became law on that day, altering the regulations on inherited Individual Retirement Account (I.R.A.) distributions. The big change: the introduction of the 10-year rule for beneficiaries. Most people who inherit a beneficiary IRA now have … Continue reading “The New Inherited Beneficiary IRA Rules”
How do you picture your future? If you are like many contemplating retirement, your view is likely pragmatic compared to that of your parents. That doesn’t mean you must have a “plain vanilla” tomorrow. Even if your retirement savings are not as great as you would prefer, you still have great potential to design the … Continue reading “Retirement Seen Through Your Eyes”
At this time last year, it was still unknown that a deadly global pandemic was on the rise, eventually stalling economic growth and sending crude oil prices into negative territory. But recently, oil prices have surged, with crude hitting highs not seen since before the pandemic.
It can be easy to overlook the nation’s solid economic fundamentals when the financial media splashes stories every day about an army of amateur traders, short-selling mania, and initial public offerings (IPOs) that double in price on the first day of trading. But a recent survey by The Wall Street Journal showed just how upbeat … Continue reading “Economic Predictions: What Lies Ahead?”
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