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The Valuable Professional

Now that we are in recession, and unemployment is likely to start increasing soon, it’s good to be prepared to protect your job. The latest jobs report showed active hiring, but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Jobs are a lagging indicator of economic growth. Having lot of jobs at the beginning of a recession…

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August 2022 – Investing in an Inflationary Recession

Late last month, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to the range of 2.25 – 2.5%. The Commerce Department announced that U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by an annualized 0.9% from April through June. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) confirmed that we have the highest consumer price increases in 41 years. It’s official.…

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Prepare for Shortages

Inflation can ruin an economy. An examination of past civilizations will reveal this. The history of the Yuan Dynasty in China, the ancient Persian monarchies, and the decline and fall of the Roman Empire are all examples that demonstrate this fact. In every case, the pattern is the same. Today’s unprecedented increase in prices is…

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The Impending Housing Crash 🏡👇

Yesterday, my friend Tony and I looked at condominiums in downtown Washington, D.C. A few of the listings had reduced prices. One of them was selling close to the same price it sold for in 2004. While Washington, D.C. may not sustain a big housing crash in the next few years, the real estate here…

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Cash For Gift Cards

Have you ever received a gift card you didn’t want? Before you lose track of it or throw it away, let’s consider some strategies for redeeming some of the value on these cards. Here are a few options: 1. Exchange it. Gift card exchanges are places that card owners can buy or sell gift cards. In…

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Home Maintenance Savings 🏡

For those that own homes or investment properties, good maintenance can be a source of financial success. Since military service members move frequently, they may own more than one property. It costs time and money to maintain your home, but if you are proactive, it can save you a lot in the long run. Even if…

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Earn an extra $15,000 this year

What could you do with another $15,000? Pay off debt, make a home down payment, or go on a dream vacation? Maybe you could continue saving toward your goal of financial freedom. This is not difficult to accomplish. There are several options to make this money without consuming much time or even leaving your home!…

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Save Money with a Garden 🧑‍🌾

Gardening is one of the best ways to save money on food. With the continual rise in food prices, a garden can provide fresh fruits and vegetables at little to no cost. For busy professionals, gardening doesn’t necessarily consume a lot of time, either. If you don’t already have a garden, let’s discuss ways to…

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Your Money Identity 💵

In Atomic Habits, James Clear recalls his story of trauma and journey back to a normal life. The last day of his sophomore year of high school, he was seriously injured when a fellow baseball player accidentally struck him in the face with a bat. Suffering from brain swelling, he struggled to breathe, swallow, and even…

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Invest in Pricing Power 💪

Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the hotter than expected 8.6% year-over-year consumer price increase for May 2022. Many of our political leaders and market commentators were expecting a much lower level and were claiming for months that consumer price inflation had peaked. Inflation has not peaked. In fact, it’s just getting started.…

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