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4 Ways Technology Can Make You Happier

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 27, 2019

How to use the Internet and social media to support your happiness and health. Source: Pixabay These days, you can’t go anywhere without hearing about how technology is ruining everything, including our happiness. There is some truth to this, but it’s not the whole story. Technology can be bad for us—for example, when social media gives us FOMO (fear of missing…

Wealthy score estate tax win, large gifts won’t lose Trump tax benefit in 2026

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 26, 2019

Increased exemption amounts are scheduled to expire in 2025. By Brittany De LeaFOXBusiness 2020 Dems’ tax hikes would cost 413,000 jobs: Study National Taxpayers Union senior fellow Mattie Duppler and Republican Maryland congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik analyze 2020 Democratic candidates’ economic plans and how they would impact U.S. employment numbers. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com…

Here’s how online scammers prey on older Americans

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 26, 2019

Here’s how online scammers prey on older Americans, and what they should know to fight back Elderly individuals are more likely to be targeted by online financial fraud, and when they lose money, it’s a higher amount than average, according to researchers. An Aspen Institute Tech Policy Hub study recently tackled the issue of how…

Robocall Scams Exist Because They Work—One Woman’s Story Shows How

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 25, 2019

A caller impersonating an FBI agent persuaded Nina Belis to drain close to $340,000 from her bank accounts The FBI agent sounded official on the phone. He gave Nina Belis his badge number and a story about how her identity had been compromised. She gave him her life’s savings. For most Americans, robocalls are an annoyance.…

Beware of Black Friday email scams, say experts

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 25, 2019

Fake websites, fake products and fake apps are ready and waiting to snag shoppers this holiday season, according to experts.  “Every year at this time, email-based scams rise to a fever pitch,” Dave Baggett, co-founder and CEO of the anti-phishing startup Inky, told Fox News. One reason scams are so prolific is, Baggett said, bad guys keep churning out…

We bought a $1 house in Italy. Here’s what happened next

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 22, 2019

(CNN) — It seemed like a deal too good to be true. A new house — and potentially a whole new life — for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar. Over the past year or so, numerous small towns from Sicily in the south…

Instead of fearing memory loss as you age, take action to keep your brain sharp

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 21, 2019

Do you forget what you walked into the bedroom to get? One of the most common fears people have as they grow older is losing their memory. Keeping your brain healthy and your memory sharp is about more than doing puzzles or remembering what you needed in a room. In South Florida, experts are using…

Stop Crying About Millennials They Are Our Future, In Five Ways

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 20, 2019

  Michael Gale ContributorThought LeadersContributor Group  WSJ bestseller, A.I. influencer, podcast host about the world in 2030. Millennials. Has there been a generation so misunderstood or labeled with an almost constant negative tone? While you’re thinking about it, go ahead and include their younger peers from generation Alpha upwards as well. 2020 is the year Millennials…

Top 10 Benefits of Charitable Giving and Donations

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 19, 2019

The fact that charitable giving can help reduce your tax burden is well known, especially if you’re in a high bracket. But the benefits of giving extend far beyond tax breaks. Of course, giving can be a challenge – especially when money is tight. After all, your income could just as easily go toward a college savings fund for…

The IRS Proposed Regulations Won’t Solve Your RMD Problems

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | November 18, 2019

GETTY Required minimum distributions (RMDs) are the bane of many IRA owners. The IRS recently issued proposed regulations that reduce the pain somewhat, but not a meaningful amount for those with significant IRAs. You need to consider other actions to solve the RMD problems. IRA owners older than age 70½ must begin taking RMDs no…

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