April is national financial literacy month. A topic near and dear to my heart. If I had to give America a financial literacy grade I would say we have a solid C+, but I believe we are trending higher. The very fact we have a high-profile financial literacy month is encouraging in its own right.
Have you bought a carton of eggs lately? If so, you might have been pleasantly surprised to see how inexpensive they are these days. As of this writing, they’re averaging a 48% national price drop from two years ago.
With April 15 fast approaching, we are getting down to the wire on taking steps to potentially reduce your tax bill. As I mentioned in the column a couple of weeks ago, almost immediately following the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017, the government immediately adjusted tax withholding tables in an effort to make the effects of the tax reduction immediately felt in paychecks.
For 50 years, Tudor Floors and More Carpet One has kept houses across the Region stylish and practical with their catalog of floors, carpets, cabinets, and other home furnishings. Through three generations, this independent, family-owned co-op has been about a lot more than just the family livelihood. It is their pride, joy, and the culmination of 50 years of community engagement.
“This anniversary is huge. It’s pretty unusual and unique that we’ve got the same ethics that we’ve had since the first generation to the third. That kind of longevity in any family business is rarely heard of,” said Jan Tudor, Owner. “We don’t make commission. We’re not trying to push a specific product to benefit our employees. Everything we do is to make sure our customers get the best quality for their situation.”
Setting up shop in Oak Partners, Inc.’s inviting office in downtown Valparaiso, Chris Mahlmann, Founder of the Life Sites, convened a round-table discussion with members of the Oak Partners team. The group covered a lot of ground in the space of an hour, uncovering interesting and even somewhat surprising insights into why financial planning matters – and for whom. Welcome to Part 1 of a two-part in-depth series on how solid financial advice can significantly improve your quality of life.
Every year, Centier Bank partners with Relay For Life in efforts to help fight cancer. This year, the La Porte branch stepped up by hosting a bake sale each Friday in March to increase our contributions to this amazing cause.