Sunday, September 25, 2016

Social Security: 5 common mistakes to avoid

Decisions about Social Security give people fits, which isn't surprising.

It's a complex program. People must make long-term decisions without knowing how the future will unfold. Plus, the Social Security Administration doesn't always explain the rules clearly and consistently.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/consumers/2016/09/23/social-security-5-common-mistakes-avoid/90506704/

Why my Arizona property tax bill – and probably yours, too – increased this year

If you aren't too happy with what you owe, it's too late to protest.

I just saw my property tax bill, and it's up 8 percent from last year.

You'll be getting your bill again soon, too, if you haven't already. 'Tis the season for metro Phoenix homeowners to find out what we owe for schools, fire and library districts and other county and city services.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/09/25/property-taxes-maricopa-county-arizona/90793542/

Investors can beat the Fed at its own game: Here's how

No matter what the Federal Reserve does with interest rates this week, investors should already know the game plan.

Investors are braced for rates to rise, if not this month, soon. Higher rates aren't toxic to all stocks. Energy stocks like Helmerich & Payne (HP), materials stocks like Nucor (NUE) and health care stocks like Humana (HUM) have actually performed relatively well during periods when the Fed is raising rates going back to 1971, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence that looks at current members of the Standard & Poor's 500. These types of stocks are in stark contrast to those in the consumer discretionary sector, like Mattel (MAT) and Ford (F), in addition to financials like Lincoln National (LNC), which have tended to lag when the Fed is hiking rates.

Read more... http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/09/21/investors-fed-federal-reserve-stocks-interest-rates/90700860/

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Americans got raise last year for first time since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans finally got a raise last year after eight years of stagnating incomes.

The typical U.S. household's income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Even with the solid gain, that remains below the median household income of $57,423 in 2007, when the Great Recession began. The median is the point where half of households fall below and half are above.

Read more... http://finance.yahoo.com/news/americans-got-raise-last-first-144054438.html
Americans got raise last year for first time since 2007

Sunday, September 4, 2016

8 projects to watch in Grand Canyon University's Phoenix expansion

Grand Canyon University will welcome a record 17,500 students to west Phoenix this semester on a campus that's rapidly growing.

Construction projects worth millions of dollars are underway. More dorms, parking garages and a soccer stadium are ready for students at the campus at 33rd Avenue and Camelback Road. Other developments stretch east to Interstate 17, including a renovated hotel and office complex.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/08/22/8-projects-watch-grand-canyon-university-phoenix-expansion/88964342/

Tartesso sale: $80M Phoenix land purchase could produce 40,000 homes

A California investor has paid $80 million for more than 10,000 acres west of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye that could sprout nearly 40,000 new homes.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/09/02/west-phoenix-land-sale-40000-homes/89748362/

60 Percent of Guests Would Pay More for a Vacation Rental With a Smart Home Feature, August Home Study Reveals

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Short-term renting is a burgeoning business and global growth is projected to hit $51 billion by 2020*. August Home Inc, the leading provider of smart locks and smart home access products and services that make life more simple and secure, today released the results of a new study, Short-term Rentals: Smarter Hosting with Smart Home Technology. The study provides new insight into the growing appeal of short-term rentals and how smart technology plays an important role in delivering an experience that rivals that of hotels.

Read more... http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160802005777/en/60-Percent-Guests-Pay-Vacation-Rental-Smart

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