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Are forgivable loans the best option for your business?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | April 3, 2020 |

“Did you hear? The SBA is giving away free money in the form of forgivable loans that small businesses don’t have to repay! This is a no-brainer, right?! What am I missing here?” Not so fast… Many small business owners across the country have probably heard one variation of the above quote—whether from friends, business…

This is how the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus affects retirees — and those who one day hope to retire

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | April 3, 2020

More protections for older people and flexibility with investment accounts The government’s $2 trillion stimulus package is expected to provide financial relief to small businesses and unemployed workers — but it will also help many people in or on the way to retirement. The package, known as the CARES Act (short for “Coronavirus Aid, Relief…

Here’s how to use your $1,200 stimulus check from the government’s coronavirus relief package

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | April 2, 2020

Millions of workers and their families will receive a one-time check from the government as part of the coronavirus stimulus package. Most adults will get $1,200, while children will receive another $500. For workers who have already lost their jobs because of the pandemic’s hit to the economy, that extra money will likely be immediately put to good…

Wednesday Q&A – What should I be doing during this market downturn?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | April 1, 2020

What should I be doing right now during this market downturn? First things first, don’t panic. There are resources to help you stabilize your retirement income avenues. Here are three things you should consider doing when the market is declining: 1. SCHEDULE A RISK EXPOSURE REVIEW: This review will tell you just how much of…

Worried about a recession?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | April 1, 2020

Recent fears of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has the American people and the markets on edge. We’ve seen significant market dips as the world tries to get a grasp on the situation, and the ongoing uncertainty and unending media coverage can make even the most confident individuals start to be concerned whether a recession is…

A Smart Guide to Restaurant Takeout

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 31, 2020

We may be social distancing, but we still have to eat, and restaurants are responding to the new normal with expanded pick-up and delivery options. Here, strategies for supporting local businesses while putting good food on the table WIN AND DINE Ordering takeout is a way to support favorite restaurants closed to eat-in business or…

Beware Scam Robocalls, Texts Tied to COVID-19 Outbreak

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 30, 2020

FCC launches web page with coronavirus fraud safety tips Scammers out to make a quick buck during the coronavirus pandemic are using robocalls to tout bogus cures and fake test kits, the federal government warns. The illicit conduct — which also includes text messaging — has bad actors preying on people’s fears while anxiety over COVID-19 is…

How to Apply for Small Business Loans Under the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 27, 2020

The aid package provides $349 billion to guarantee loans to small businesses. Here’s how it will work based on the bill approved by the Senate. Small businesses have been hit hard. PHOTO: KHOLOOD EID FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WASHINGTON—The sweeping coronavirus aid package set for a House vote Friday provides $349 billion for the Small Business…

What’s in the $2 Trillion Senate Coronavirus Bill

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 26, 2020

How households, businesses, taxes and more are affected by the package The stimulus package adds $27 billion to an emergency fund that could give a boost to dozens of projects by pharmaceutical companies and academic groups developing drugs and vaccines against coronavirus. Here, people carry donated boxes of N95 masks. PHOTO: JERRY HOLT/STAR TRIBUNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS The $2…

Your Money Coronavirus Questions, Answered

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 26, 2020

COVID-19 has taken over our newsfeeds, our group chats, and our thoughts. Chances are it’s also impacting what your office looks like (hint: it might feature your bed), how your investments are doing, and eventually the interest rates on your savings and loans. That’s a lot to keep up with. So we Skimm’d answers to…

You are not alone: Coronavirus crisis has damaged retirement plans of many Americans

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 26, 2020

Coronavirus vs. flu: Which is worse? USA TODAY answers a question you may be wondering: Is coronavirus worse than the flu? USA TODAY Not dwelling on the gruesome losses on Wall Street. Not looking at your 401(k) every other minute. The old adages grew much harder to follow in March as we watched the Dow…

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