In this week’s recap: Stocks end up higher and oil ends up lower after an up-and-down week, as traders react to events in the Middle East and the data in the December unemployment report. Weekly Economic Update   THE WEEK ON WALL STREET The market had a choppy five days, with traders reacting to geopolitical…

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The SECURE Act Long-established retirement account rules change.   The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the new rules don’t appear to amount to a massive upheaval, the SECURE Act will require a…

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In this week’s recap: Oil prices spike after a U.S. airstrike in Iran raises supply disruption concerns; a manufacturing activity index disappoints; stocks are little changed following an abbreviated trading week. Weekly Economic Update     THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks descended from record highs Friday, as traders reacted to a U.S. drone strike…

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Your Emergency Fund: How Much is Enough? An emergency fund may help alleviate the stress associated with a financial crisis.      Have you ever had one of those months? The water heater stops heating, the dishwasher stops washing, and your family ends up on a first-name basis with the nurse at urgent care. Then,…

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