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Mackey Advisors Economic Update | May 2017

By | 2017-06-14T14:58:07+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. economy continues to do well.  It is stable and has proven to be resilient to domestic and global news events.  It continues to slowly recover and, according to most economists, should continue to do so through 2017 and into 2018.  The employment situation continues to improve; the unemployment rate is 4.7% and remains near [...]

Mackey Advisors Economic Update

By | 2017-05-24T17:57:19+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , |

All indicators are now pointing, more or less, in a positive direction for the U.S. economy.  The consumer continues to be in the driver’s seat, enjoying low energy prices, low borrowing costs (for now anyway), rising wages and a strong housing market.  As far as the economy is concerned, the elections were a non-event.  Although there [...]

A Cybercrime That Could Bankrupt Your Company

By | 2016-08-31T17:58:34+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

During the summer of 2008, a different type of cybercrime was identified — corporate account takeover. It is costly and ranks among the fastest and most stealthy type of attack. Cybercriminals engaging in this activity surreptitiously obtain an entity’s financial banking credentials, use software to hijack one of its computers remotely and steal funds from the [...]

Mackey Advisors Economic Update

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:54+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. economy continues to remain a bright spot in the world despite significant headwinds that dampened activity in the early months of 2016.  The consumer is driving U.S. economic growth.  According to recent Consumer Confidence reports, purchasers continue to view business and labor market conditions (i.e. personal income prospects) positively.  They are cautiously optimistic about [...]

Negative Interest Rates – The Great Experiment

By | 2016-07-21T14:14:18+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Categories: On Our Minds, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

The Federal Reserve remains committed to raising the Federal Funds rate, a benchmark that can affect the interest rates charged on many types of consumer credit.  But abroad, a different experiment is underway.  As of late April 2016, six foreign central banks have adopted negative interest rates in an effort to stimulate their national economies.  On [...]

Caring for Parents and Children – 5 Things to do NOW

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:52+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The Sandwich Generation:  A colorful label for the people who find themselves providing financial, emotional and physical support for both their aging parents and their children at the same time.  According to a 2013 Pew Research Center report, nearly half of adults in the sandwich generation have a parent age 65 or older and are either [...]

Mackey Advisors Economic Update

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:49+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. economy remains a bright spot in the world despite significant headwinds that dampened activity in the early months of 2016.  Manufacturing production has been consistent over the past four months, continuing to edge higher in the first quarter, boosted by strong automotive output.  Yet a healthier economy and differing monetary policy opinion pieces also [...]

Avoid the Scams

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:48+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Fraud takes many forms and scams have been around for a long time.  With the emergence of the internet and social media, it’s become much harder to identify who is legitimate and who is the fraudster.  Even the brightest students and their parents can fall victim to the schemes of scammers.  Avoiding scams requires constant vigilance in [...]

Mackey Advisors Economic Update

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:46+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

The U.S. economy, though soft in the second half of 2015, remains a bright spot in the world.  This is despite significant headwinds created by the problems facing the majority the globe’s economies.  The world’s largest economy is being bolstered by gains in Consumer Spending and Construction.  Strong employment growth, cheaper gasoline, and higher home prices [...]

Beyond Financial Aid – Let's Talk Loans

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:45+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Financing college tuition, fees and expenses can be daunting.  However, taking advantage of student loans may help lighten the financial burden.  There are several type of loans available, both good and not-so-good.  Primarily, students can get access to Federal student loans and/or private student loans. Typically, Federal student loans offer borrowers lower interest rates and have [...]