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Winning at Life: Tax Scam Busted in Gulfport

By Gregory Ricks | May 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Winning at Life: Tax Scam Busted in Gulfport

Gregory Ricks and James Parker break down the story of a Gulfport tax preparer who is heading to jail for filing fraudulent returns. You have to be able to trust your accountant, and Gregory has some insight on ways you can tell the good from bad. This segment was recorded live on Winning at Life…

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…

Wednesday Q&A – What is the 50-50-50-50 strategy?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 25, 2020

What is the 50-50-50-50 strategy? A comprehensive financial plan using our 50-50-50-50 strategy puts protections in place to help safeguard against various types of downturns in the market. Subject to your risk number, when you are properly blended in the 50-50-50-50 strategy, 75 percent of your assets would be correlated to the upside of stocks and…

How to Save More Money Now

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 25, 2020

The Story While you’re doing your part to help flatten the curve (and catching up on TV you’ve missed since 2015), try kicking your savings into high gear. Tell me more. Uncertain times like these are why emergency funds are a thing. They can save the day if you lose your income or get an unexpected bill. Spend some…

Can I still afford to retire? The coronavirus has upended jobs, spurred a market downturn — what now?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 23, 2020

A few questions near-retirees should ask themselves before they leave the workforce With stock indexes tumbling, jobs in jeopardy and a looming recession, is it really the time to retire? Some Americans may have been patiently waiting to retire this spring, or even sometime this year, but the world isn’t the same as it was…

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