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COLA — or cost of living adjustment — helps ensure inflation does not erode the purchasing power of your Social Security benefit. The amount of COLA, which is typically announced in November, is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) — a measure tied to inflation — from the third quarter of the previous year to the third quarter of the current year. more
According to the USDA, growth in the agricultural industry combined with increases in retirements are driving demand for college graduates and professionals to supply ag-related positions — and many feature excellent salaries. more
Smelling salts have been used to revive someone who is feeling faint or has lost consciousness since the days of the Romans. But it was not until the 18th century that smelling-salt holders became fashionable. Smelling salts (ammonium carbonate and water) release an ammonia gas that irritates the inside of the nose and causes rapid breathing. This means more oxygen is inhaled. Ammonia was made from shaved deer horns in ancient times and often was called “spirit of hartshorn.” Victorians often used perfume with the smelling salts. more
With technology advancing in leaps and bounds around us, perhaps the one thing that has generated the most buzz involves the marriage of the automobile with the computer: a connected car. Here are some important things to know about connected cars. more
Home is your sanctuary, the place where you should feel the most secure and protected. It’s not surprising that you might store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. more
Most working professionals want to advance their skills, land that promotion and get a raise. However, millions of adults face a significant barrier to achieving their goals: They still need to … more
Investors are more optimistic than in the past few years, due to better global economic growth and the anticipation of lower tax rates. As a result, stocks have reached many all-time records, supported by double-digit earnings growth for the S&P 500, better revenue growth and still-low interest rates. more
Wireless providers would love for you to believe that a modern lifestyle requires an endless, unlimited stream of data; and by the way, they’d love to sell it to you. On its face, there’s probably nothing wrong with this assumption. more
Is the stress and worry of holiday spending clouding your otherwise joyful season? Try implementing some of these money-saving hacks so you can get back to enjoying those truly important reasons for the season! more
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