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CARES Act and COVID-19 update

A summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and one IRS response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency The $2.2 trillion CARES Act, the largest and most expensive legislation signed in American history, provides much needed relief to businesses, workers, and

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Which Insurance Carriers Failed since the 2008 Meltdown?

These are the companies that have gone into insolvency since 2008 according to the National Organization of Life and Health Guarantee Associations.  Property and Casualty companies are not included in this list.  Some, such as Exec Life of New York, and Penn Treaty had their origin

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May 2019 ETF Cash Outflows Biggest in History

Investors dumped $20 billion in assets during May, 2019 due apparently to concerns about the global economic outlook amidst Trump’s ramped up trade war with China and other tariff threats. Meanwhile, the Fed’s indication that it may cut interest rates further fueled concerns about the

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The Death Knell for Stretch IRAs Has Tolled:

On May 23, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1994, also known as the SECURE Act. The Senate is expected to pass a similar bill known as the Retirement Enhancement Savings Act, aka RESA.Key provisions of the SECURE Act include:-Increasing the beginning date for required minimum

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Ten Years Post-Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy

Florence could influence data for months to come Last week, the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Florence, which roared through the Carolinas and Georgia. As investors kept their eyes on the weather and its potential for destruction, estimates emerged of up to $27 billion in hurricane damage.

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Markets Up Again

Trade continued to dominate the news last week and cause market volatility as investors monitored discussions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and tension with China. While Mexico and the U.S. reached a new trade deal early in the week, talks with Canada stalled on Friday,

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There are New Developments in Healthcare Coverage!

Hello, Trumpcare! What we see coming out in the next few weeks as the plans  available on the public exchange continue their meltdowns is this: a new “Short-Term Limited Duration” coverage plan that will span 36 months. The newest insurance regulations released have extended

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“Open the Pod Doors, HAL!…” Part IV–High Tech, Disabilities, & Monitoring

Bluetooth is the best thing that’s happened to remote controls since the advent of infra-red technology made them easier than radio. For those with disabilities, connectivity to smart devices is making vast improvements in not only functionality, but in performance of daily routines. Two

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“Open the Pod Doors, Hal!” continued…Space Aging in a Hi-Tech Universe

Medication Reminders New tools are already available to remind folks to take their medications. These of course avoid problems such as mixing doses, which can make an existing problem worse or even lead to an otherwise unnecessary hospitalization. Taking meds on time every time and no more times

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Today’s One-Time Testing Labs Will Morph Into Real-Time Monitoring and Evaluation Services

Roles for Tech in Long-Term Care (1):   We anticipate that today’s discrete element testing services such as the LabCorp and Quest Diagnostic types, will morph into real-time data gathering models using wearable or implantable devices. Implants like pacemakers have been around for

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