Chris DeSimio

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Not so long ago the Medicare federal health insurance program was relatively simple. Most Americans were more or less automatically enrolled in the program at age 65. Nowadays, Medicare has become vastly complicated, with different enrollment periods, different plans, and lots of other variables at play. Make a mistake in any of these areas and it can cost you money, aggravation, and lost chances to get the best health care.

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Many of us think we need to wait until our kids are old enough to “get it” before having the money talk. But research shows you actually can start the conversation much earlier. The research also shows the biggest influence on a child’s financial behavior is mom and dad. So, when and how do you start?

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Disruptive startups versus Blue Chip companies. Dave Knox calls this competition the new game of high-stakes business. 

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From balancing your checkbook or monitoring your credit score to finding a new job or adjusting your investment allocation, there are several steps you can take now that will help improve your financial situation over the next year and years to come.

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With hosting parties, visiting family and preparing holiday meals, December can be a busy month. Probably the last thing you want to think about this time of year is your finances. But with the December 31st deadline looming for certain financial activities, tax and financial experts say the time you spend now will reap benefits in the New Year and beyond.

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Political pundits aren't the only ones following this year's elections, investment professionals also have reason to closely monitor the polls and likely outcomes of the races for the White House and both houses of Congress. 

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The College Board reports the average cost of tuition and fees in the 2015-2016 school year topped $9,400 for state residents at public colleges. It was $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public schools, and $32,405 for students going to a private university. 

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There is a reason Cincinnati has adopted the flying pig as its unofficial mascot. It's a  reminder of the city's early days, when the pork processing industry was so vital to the city's local life and economy Cincinnati was known as Porkopolis. 

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At least 14 states have banned high-interest payday lending, but providing these short-term, high-interest loans is still a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. 

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"Don't put all of your eggs in one basket." Sound advice for anyone with an investment portfolio, including a retirement account. Financial experts recommend diversifying the types of assets you hold and the companies and industries you invest in to minimize risk.

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Last week U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that an image of former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson's picture on the front of the $20 bill, with a smaller image of President Jackson appearing on the reverse side.

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April is National Financial Literacy Month, sometimes referred to as National Financial Capability Month. Social service agencies, financial institutions and educational groups use the month to raise public awareness about the importance of financial literacy and the need for financial education, for both adults and children.

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Have you filed your tax return yet?  If you haven't, you're not alone. The IRS says about one-third of Americans wait until the last minute to file their federal taxes. And, if you're counting it down, you've only got about two weeks left until the filing deadline, unless you get an extension.

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Are you confident you will have enough money saved to live comfortably throughout your retirement years? Recent surveys show most American workers would answer “no.” More disheartening, most workers have no real idea of how much money they would need by the time they retire.

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Many investors received an unpleasant surprise when they read their January IRA or 401k account statements. The month was one of the worst starts to a new year in recent history for the stock market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 5.5 percent and the NASDAQ suffering an almost 8 percent drop.

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