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December 30th, 2014 |

10 things to look forward to in 2015

10 things to look forward to in 2015

So long 2014. Can’t say we’ll miss you. From the rise of the Islamic State to the Ebola outbreak, from the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 to…


December 16th, 2014 |

Holiday Shoppers Are Filling Their Carts Online

Holiday shoppers are filling their carts online

This month, Will Falls decided to skip the local mall near Raleigh, N.C. and shop online instead. “No standing in line, no finding a parking spot,” he says. “Just…


November 14th, 2014 |

A long winter's nap

A long winter’s nap

No matter how hard we try to deny it, there are only 24 hours in a day. And once you’ve dedicated most of those to making that important deadline,…


November 14th, 2014 |

Planning for Year’s End

Planning for year’s end

The end of the year is quickly approaching and your to-do list is probably growing. Along with holiday preparations, add tax planning to your year-end list, including charitable giving…


October 21st, 2014 |

Raymond James investment strategy committee address recent market volatility

Analysts at Raymond James provided a unique perspective on the current volatile market that we thought you might find helpful in understanding the sentiment in the current marketplace. 


October 7th, 2014 |

It’s time for medicare open enrollment

Falling leaves and pumpkins are a sign of autumn–and, yes, of Medicare open enrollment, too. As the season’s chore list grows, you may be tempted to stick with your…


September 26th, 2014 |

Stocks sour on a number of factors

The media will have us believe that when Apple stumbles, so do the markets. The tech giant  garnered attention when issues arose after the launch of its latest phone and…


September 23rd, 2014 |

How to procrastinate better

We’ll never get around to figuring out exactly how much procrastination costs Americans. But a new study gives us an idea. When interest rates plunged in the wake of the…


September 9th, 2014 |

Rent hikes magnify high cost of a uw education

University of Washington junior Audrey Wu has been looking for an apartment near campus for two months now. But with two weeks left before classes begin, she’s starting…


August 26th, 2014 |

Finishing the journey well: how to stay balanced after retirement

Life is a journey, we are born, we grow, we live, we work, we grow old and we die. Throughout this life journey we’re faced with milestones that…


August 12th, 2014 |

GAO report reveals why people claim social security benefits early

Why would people choose to claim Social Security retirement benefits at the earliest possible age of 62, rather than waiting until their full retirement age (66 to 67 for…


July 29th, 2014 |

National watermelon day

As the youngest generation of Americans head back to school and summer comes to a close, it’s normal to want to hang onto the joy of these sweltering, simple…


July 15th, 2014 |

8 tips for staying healthy this summer

The days are longer, the sun is out and the temperature is warm. If you’re like many Pacific Northwest dwellers, you feel the urge to be on-the-go during the…