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Got Seeds? - What Mysterious Packages Have To Do With Identity Protection

A bizarre story has been floating around this week. Residents in all 50 states have received mysterious packages of seeds that appear to be coming from China. Who sent these packages? Why did they send them? What are the seeds? Are they dangerous? These, and many other questions, currently remain unanswered. Unsurprisingly, if you do receive a mysterious package of seeds, officials have warned to not plant them over concerns of what these seeds are, and that they may be for a dangerous invasive species. In light of this recent event, we thought it would be a good idea to review some financial personal hygiene in case you receive other unsolicited correspondence.

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LGBTQ+ Individuals More Likely to be Impacted Financially by Coronavirus

By this point it's clear that the coronavirus has impacted millions of people around the globe. Nearly everyone has been affected by the virus in some way. While many of us are struggling with the realities of the last few months, some groups have fared worse than others. Specifically, members of the LGBTQ community are more apt to be negatively financially impacted by the coronavirus than other groups.

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The Stock Market Jumped in April - What Does That Mean?

If you're like many Americans, the stock market has been the least of your concerns recently. Between a global pandemic and extreme economic uncertainty, there are much more important matters to be concerned with. In fact, many of you are likely avoiding looking at your investment statements because the decline (which isn't a bad idea). For those who have been watching the stock market, you may have noticed that stocks increased fairly substantially in April, with the S&P 500 up over 14%. But what exactly does this mean? Are we out of the woods, at least financially? Should you alter your investment strategy? These are important questions many investors are asking right now.

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Four Simple Stress Reduction Tips You Can Do Right Now

Who isn't stressed these days? Between the economic uncertainty and a global pandemic there is a lot to keep you up at night. That's why it's so important to find ways to reduce stress any way you can. If you're having trouble taking care of yourself, it only makes it that much hard to attend to your finances as well. Here are some simple ideas for reducing some stress in these uncertain times.

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How to Check the Status of Your Stimulus Payment

Near the end of March, the federal government passed the CARES Act. The bill provided an array of various stimulus measures. One of the most talked about were the $1,200 per person stimulus payments. At the time, the bill requested these payments be sent out as soon as possible, but it was unclear when these payments could be expected. Now, a few weeks after the bill passed, some individuals have started to receive their payments. However, if you're one of the many who have yet to receive their payment, there is a new IRS tool to track your payment and potentially update your information if needed.

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How to Apply for Unemployment in MA - What You Should Know About Massachusetts Benefits

We've seen from the unemployment numbers that more and more people are losing their jobs because the coronavirus. We hope that this will only be temporary, and in the next few months life and work will return to normal. In the meantime, if you're one of the many who have lost their job or have had hours reduced, there are likely unemployment benefits you can apply for through Massachusetts. While this won't replace all your previous income, having some money coming in is better than nothing. In addition to the normal benefits through MA, the federal government recently passed the CARES Act which expands unemployment benefits along with other assistance for individuals and businesses. Here's what you should know about filing for unemployment in Massachusetts and what your benefits might be.

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How to Apply for Unemployment in NH - What You Should Know About New Hampshire Benefits

It's no secret that we are living in uncertain times. Many workers in New Hampshire have either lost their jobs, have their hours reduced, or taken pay cuts because of the business impact of COVID-19. Luckily, for many there is some support through unemployment benefits. While these benefits won't replace your entire income, having some money coming in can be essential to keep up with your bills. In addition to regular benefits, the federal government has recently passed the CARES Act which temporarily expands unemployment benefits, along with other helpful provisions to assist individuals and businesses during this difficult time. Here's what you should know about filing for unemployment in New Hampshire and what benefits you may be entitled to

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Financial Planning Considerations During COVID-19

Health and finances are likely the only two topics on most people's minds these days. How can you keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy through this pandemic? And what should you do with your investments during this recent market drop? Managing your investments prudently and resisting the urge to sell stocks while the market is down are certainly important financial planning considerations. However, as financial advisors, we wanted to highlight other crucial financial planning areas that often don't get as much attention in the news media.

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Tax Filing Deadline Extended - What This May Mean For You

As the coronavirus continues to spread, and governments respond, it is becoming more and more clear that this will have an impact on our daily lives. Businesses are closing their doors, people are staying home, and hospitals continue to bravely assist those impacted to the best of their ability. During these times many are focused on keeping their loved ones safe, and the last thing on your mind is probably taxes. If you haven’t been focusing on your taxes, you may be in luck. As of 03/20/20 the IRS extended the tax filing deadline. Here's what this may mean for you, and how this may impact your 2019 tax return.

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What You Need to Know About Risk That You Aren't Hearing

If you've been watching the news recently most of the information about the stock market has been dismal. You've probably read headlines that scream intense verbiage like "Stocks Collapse!", "Stocks Get Punished!", "Stocks in Free-Fall!" or something of the like. You've probably heard financial jargon thrown around such as "bear market", "volatility" or "recession" as well. Your retirement account has almost certainly lost value and with all this negative news and you may be worried and considering selling your investments too. Before you pull the trigger. . .STOP.

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