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15 Apr
Cleaning Up Finances While At Home For Social Distancing

By Colleen Weber, CFP®, CPA

Have you found yourself with some extra time on your hands these days? With the absence of commuting, traveling, eating out, and socializing in person, many of us have an emptier calendar than usual and want to use our time wisely. Allow us to make a suggestion: Why not do some financial spring cleaning? It’s the perfect opportunity to not only organize and declutter your home, but also give your finances a little extra love. It might even relieve some stress as you take proactive steps to gain a better understanding of your financial situation. Here are a few ways to do just that. 

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10 Apr
Scoring Social Distancing

We all understand the importance of social distancing during the global Covid-19 pandemic.  Or do we?

A new website is doing something ingenious; it is collecting and aggregating the location tracking data on peoples’ cellphones to determine whether they are or are not coming within six feet of other individuals.  Taken together, the algorithm provides an index that allows us to see which states’ citizens are practicing social distancing, and which states’ populations are not following guidelines.  

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10 Apr
Reason for Hope

The world’s healthcare experts haven’t been able to give us a definitive date as to when a coronavirus vaccine will finally come to market—for obvious reasons.  There are a variety of vaccine formulas being tested on human subjects as you read this, but the researchers will have to test many different formulas and different dosages of each formula, and evaluate the impact on the immune systems of a significant number of test subjects.  

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08 Apr
The CARES Act Explained

By Colleen Weber, CFP®, CPA

Although the CARES Act’s $2 trillion allocation to the economy has been compared to President Obama’s 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the more recent measure should be thought of as a relief effort, rather than economic stimulus.  CARES is addressing the immediate fallout in the business world and in peoples’ personal finances, an attempt to cushion the impact of social distancing and the loss of work and business that it entails.

The big picture perspective is that the CARES Act allocates $150 billion to enhance hospital capacity, a $500 billion loan fund for businesses in distress and $150 billion in direct support to state and local governments to help fight the coronavirus epidemic.

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