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What Is a Meme Stock?

Until recently, the idea of getting your investment advice from social media, let alone from a forum like Reddit, probably seemed ridiculous. Trusting strangers to help you get “in” on the latest stock market fad is the antithesis of a sound investing strategy. But anyone watching the markets closely at the beginning of this year saw that certain stock prices soared overnight, and it wasn’t because these businesses had suddenly revamped their strategies and business models. All of a sudden “meme stocks” could be found across every news outlet.

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Back to School: 5 College Planning Mistakes to Avoid

As a parent, you know that time with your kids can go by in the blink of an eye. So, whether you are preparing to send your child to kindergarten or are dealing with teenagers, it’s never too early (or too late) to start planning for their higher education. Not sure where to start? We’ve gathered some of the most common financial mistakes parents make when it comes to college planning.

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Are Higher Ed Expenses Tax Deductible? A Quick Reminder for Parents

Parents and grandparents of high school students have a wistful feeling about the child they’ve watched grow up, as well as a concern for what lies in their future. It’s only natural to want to help that future scholar navigate the financial hurdles to a great education. That said, you have a few hurdles of your own. It would be good to know how to financially help the child in your life while avoiding any extra tax burdens.

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The Tokyo Olympics Are the Most Expensive on Record: The Costs & Benefits for Host Cities

When Tokyo won the bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics back in 2013, the estimated cost to host was $7.5 billion. With the games now underway, Tokyo has far surpassed that number. It is estimated that costs have exceeded $25 billion.1 This makes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the most expensive in recorded history.1 It’s important to note that a sizeable amount of these overages, around $3 billion, is due to delays caused by the coronavirus.2 Cities bid for the opportunity to host the Olympic Games, despite the billions of dollars it costs to pull off. Why? Here are some estimated costs of hosting the Olympic Games and a few reasons why host cities find it worth the price tag.

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RMDs For 2021: Here's What's Changing

The CARES and SECURES Acts offered financial relief during COVID-19. And though some of the benefits of these acts are no longer in effect, some of the rules within them were enacted as permanent changes in 2021. In this article, we will look at how these changes affect RMDs in 2021. Keep in mind that RMDs can be incredibly costly if processed incorrectly. Therefore, the information in this article should not serve as a substitute for personal financial advice. Always contact your financial advisor before making any changes to your personal finances.

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Happy Independence Day! 5 Ways to Find Your Financial Independence This Year

The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday that marks the independence of our nation with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As you celebrate with hot dogs, fireworks and pool parties this year, consider this: 2021 could be your year to start finding financial freedom of your own. Achieving financial independence is a goal that almost everyone has. It brings you the personal freedom to do what you want. For most Americans, however, debt is a significant roadblock. In fact, the average adult has around $90,460 in debt.1 This includes all types of consumer debt such as credit cards, personal loans, student loans, mortgages and auto loans. The good news is, there are strategies to pay down debt and work toward financial independence. How can you do this? Here are five actionable ways to start working towards more financial freedom this year.

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