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Are investors becoming numb to risk?

A low ‘fear gauge’ might not be a bad thing — as long as investors don’t ignore fundamentals

Posted by Kristina Hooper, Global Market Strategist on May 15, 2017

Stocks barely hiccupped last week despite the onslaught of geopolitical headlines. But the big news was that volatility hit a historic low of 9.77 — its lowest level in more than 20 years — last week.1 Clearly, the world has not become less volatile, so what could this indicate?

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It’s Time to Talk About Aging

We are all, inexorably, marching toward old age. By 2030, 72 million Americans will be age 65 or older.1 The good news is longevity has been improving, and people are remaining healthy and vibrant at older ages.

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Beware of Schemes During Tax Season

It’s tax season! Every year, around this time, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes its dirty dozen – a list of scams criminals use to try and ferret out personal information and/or steal money.1

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Medicare Premiums and Copayments

More than one-half of working Americans know little or nothing about Medicare costs.1 Not knowing can be expensive.

On average, people who haven’t yet retired estimate they’ll spend approximately $50,000 on health care after retirement, according to a 2014 survey.1 In reality, studies suggest it will cost almost five times that amount – even when retirees have Medicare coverage.1, 2

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Online Security: Avoiding Account Vulnerability

How many times did you login to a digital account today? It probably was more than once. Some people access digital sites via computer or tablet, but many others rely on their phones. Deloitte recently reported the essentials of life have expanded and now encompass air, water, food, and smartphones:1

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