Bradenton Times News Articles
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Published Thursday, December 12, 2013
In the past year, Better Business Bureau has shut down more than one hundred fraudulent websites that illegally steal the famous BBB logo and imply they are legitimate sites. A noticeable trend recently is websites that include the word “overstock” in the domain name, hoping to fool consumers into thinking they are shopping with Overstock.com.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Published Monday, December 9, 2013
The equity markets, responding to a better than expected November jobs report, rallied sharply on Friday breaking a five day string of losses that allowed the popular averages to end the week unchanged. Earlier in the week there was concern that in the wake of some favorable economic reports the Fed could reduce the level of stimulus sooner than expected. By Friday the prospects of a Fed taper had already been built into stock prices and perhaps more importantly into bond prices. The fact that bond yields did not rise appreciably despite the best string of economic data in recent memory set the stage for stocks to soar on the good jobs data. The Fed meets on December 18 and despite the improving economic numbers it is unlikely Bernanke will change policy. more»
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Published Sunday, December 8, 2013
Your virtual Sunday circular delivers the deals without the mess. Check out the specials at all of your favorite stores without having to strain your back by picking up the dead tree on your lawn, known as the other Sunday ads. We bring to you most of the inserts for a typical printed paper. Now all you have to do is click and you can find the special section for those weekly discounts. Give it a try! more»
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Published Saturday, December 7, 2013
If you're currently enrolled in Medicare, you've probably begun receiving information about your coverage. That's because the annual enrollment period for Medicare runs from October 15 through December 7. During this period, you can make changes to your Medicare coverage that will be effective on January 1, 2014. If you're satisfied with your current coverage you don't need to make changes, but you should review your options before you decide to stay with your current plan.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Published Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Dow Industrials and S&P 500 squeezed out a 0.1% gain last week making it eight weeks in a row of rising stock prices. Small caps and technology issues did much better with the NASDAQ gaining 1.7% and the Russell 2000 1.6%. According to Ned Davis Research we can expect more of the same in December as small caps and growth stocks historically do best in the final month of the year. Since 1928, the S&P 500 Index has risen 74% of the time with an average return of 1.45% and a median return of 1.52% during December. more»
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Published Saturday, November 30, 2013
Your child – whether he or she is your biological child, adopted child, or stepchild – may be able to receive Social Security monthly benefits based on your earnings record if you're receiving disability or retirement benefits from Social Security, or in the event of your death. These often overlooked benefits can provide steady income for your family when it's needed the most.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Published Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thursday, December 5, is the last day to receive the 4% discount for 2013 Property Tax payments. Payments by mail must be postmarked by December 5 to receive the 4% discount. Drop boxes are also provided at each Manatee County Tax Collector’s office, and a drive-thru drop box is located at the DeSoto office. more»
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Published Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The perfect puppy for a spouse, a car priced just right for your teenager. Sales and special offers typically increase during the holidays, and scammers are also poised to try to steal people’s hard-earned cash. Western Union and Better Business Bureau are equipping consumers with important tips to avoid falling for a scammer’s tricks when shopping for holiday gifts.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Published Monday, November 25, 2013
The popular averages moved relentlessly higher last week scoring the seventh gain in as many weeks. The Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 ended last week closing above 16,000 and 1800, respectfully for the first time. According to Ned Davis Research, the Dow has historically enjoyed a median gain of 4.4% three months after closing at a new round number. Short-term, further gains are likely into year-end due to very strong momentum and a favorable supply/demand situation that develops late in a year when investors are enjoying capital gains. more»
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Published Saturday, November 23, 2013
Some retirees are able to live solely on the earnings that their investment portfolios produce, but most also have to figure out how to draw down their principal over time. Even if you've calculated how much you can withdraw from your savings each year, market volatility can present a special challenge when you know you'll need that nest egg to supply income for many years to come. more»