Financial and Economic Brief - January 1, 2022

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How the Money Supply is Looking as we Turn Over the Calendar

The threat of ongoing inflation may be a result of the US Government’s infusion of trillions of dollars into an economy that is currently reeling from supply chain shortages. There are a few signs that by mid-2022 cargo ships, backed-up off the port of Los Angeles, may be prepared to unload. The hope is that as product comes online prices will become more competitive and less volatile. In addition, The Fed has indicated that interest rates will rise; perhaps three times by .25% each. Ultimately, economists indicate that an increasing money supply has a great effect on increasing inflation. How does inflation play havoc on our budgets? Check out the price of a box of Hostess Twinkies in 1969 and the cost of the same amount of Twinkies today!
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Shifts in the Paper and Pulp Industry Target 2022 as a Banner Year

The printing industry has been virtually decimated by technology in the form of email and website downloadable brochures, etc. Many believe that this has had a devastating effect on the paper and pulp industry. However, many paper manufacturers have retooled and concentrated, over the past several years, on providing corrugated boxes to online sales giants. In addition, packaging has become a flourishing growth market as savvy designers and technology companies provide consumers with the ultimate “WOW” factor when purchasing everything from cell phones to digital home security cameras. The real long-term question is; will small retail printers survive or will they become antiquated?
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5 Steps You Need to Take If Planning to Retire in 2022

Once you make the decision to retire there are several very important steps that potential retirees should consider beyond which golf courses offer the greatest challenges or do we have something that we can leave our children. Most of it boils down to money and financial management. You obviously do not want to run out of whatever nest egg you have accumulated and you want to be aware of how much will go towards paying taxes on retirement funds that have been accumulating tax free for many years. Experts continuously advise retirees to do their homework.
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Financial and Economic Brief - January 1, 2022

• How the Money Supply is Looking as we Turn Over the Calendar – The threat of ongoing inflation may be a result of the US Government and supply chain shortages.

• Shifts in the Paper and Pulp Industry Target 2022 as a Banner Year – The printing industry has been virtually decimated by technology in the form of email & downloadable brochures.

• 5 Steps You Need to Take If Planning to Retire in 2022 – Once you make the decision to retire there are several very important steps that potential retirees should consider.

Financial and Economic Brief - December 1, 2021

• Projected Growth for the US Economy in 2022 – Many economic pundits provide annual projections for the coming year.

• Are the Oil Companies Making Huge Profits While Americans Feel the Pain at the Pump? – Ask friends, family and neighbors about how much it is costing them to fill-up that SUV at the petrol station.

• The New IRA Contribution Rates Are Out for 2022; You’ll Be Happy to Know There Are Many Increases – The IRS has recently released the new IRA contribution rates and limits.

Financial and Economic Brief - November 1, 2021

• Current Status of Electric Vehicles in the US – In spite of the hype that seems to permeate around electric vehicles in the US, the current numbers are less stellar than one might think.

• The Rising Costs of Everything – What We Need and What We Love – Economists are raising an alarming inflation scenario that America has rarely seen before.

• The Economic Outlook for the Chinese Economy – After decades of double digit growth in GDP, the Chinese economy is beginning to show signs of slower growth.

Financial and Economic Brief - October 1, 2021

• Is the Rising Price of Oil a Reflection of Higher Demand? – Even with some pundits pushing the “Green New Deal”, consumers are still loving gas powered vehicles.

• The Revolution of Fast Food Restaurants using Robotics and AI is Upon Us! – The dilemma the fast food industry faces is the inability to hire enough for food prep. & clean-up even with a min. wage of $15/hr.

• The Fed May Now be Poised to Raise Interest Rates – We should think twice when trying to guess what the Fed will do with interest rates in 2022 & 2023.

Financial and Economic Brief - September 1, 2021

• A $3.5 Trillion Budget Spending Bill - PASSED the House – The House has narrowly passed a huge budget while also cementing in a date to pass a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill.

• What is the Future of the Pharmaceutical Industry? – The worldwide value of the pharmaceutical is approximately $1.2 Trillion.

• 2021 Year-end Tax Strategy – Get a jump on filing your income taxes as early as possible this year since there have been many tax changes resulting from new tax legislation.

Financial and Economic Brief - August 1, 2021

• 2021 Q3 – The latest Economic Forecast? – Some economists and other pundits are forecasting a robust Q3 and Q4 for 2021.

• “For the 99.5% Act” strategically introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders – Recent legislation proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders will severely impede the estate planning efforts of many Americans.

• The E-Vehicle Revolution – When the Internet started, many didn't believe it would have unprecedented influence that took place over such a short period of time.