Inflation Affects Your Finances, Even In Small Amounts

There’s been a lot of news about inflation lately. As of July, the inflation rate was around 3.2%.[1] This means that the cost of goods and services, including but not limited to items such as groceries, housing, and gas, has gone up by 3.2% since this time last year.[2] You might think 3.2% is a…

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Inflation May Finally Be Slowing Down!

Inflation has been a hot-button issue in finance and politics lately. You may have noticed changes in inflation yourself if you went to buy something and it was much more expensive than you expected. Eggs are a great example of this.[1] In 2022 the price of eggs went up by 59.9% due to an outbreak…

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Current Market Risks and Your Retirement

Our current economic situation is complex and, in some ways, unprecedented. Because of the pandemic, we have seen massive changes in how the market behaves, and we are having to readjust how we approach retirement planning. Government Payouts One of the major changes that we saw during the pandemic was the government directly stepping in…

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What Does a Rolling Recession Mean for Your Retirement?

What Is A Rolling Recession? You may have noticed that the economy after the pandemic has been very up and down. And while there has been talk of a possible recession for a few years now, we have yet to completely enter a recession. A recession is traditionally defined as a consistent, widespread downturn in…

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2 Ways the 2022 Economic Woes Affected Your Retirement Accounts

2 Ways the 2022 Economic Woes Affected Your Retirement Accounts Barnett Financial & Tax

The 2022 economic climate has been bumpy for most and, in some cases, even bumpier for retirees. Americans and the world at large dealt with the economic ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine war, post-pandemic industrial effects, and rising inflation and interest rates. As the year ends, it’s important to understand how these economic factors may have…

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3 Factors to Know for Rising Interest Rate Conditions

3 Factors to Know for Rising Interest Rate Conditions Barnett Financial & Tax

The 2022 economy has broken multiple records, first, with the highest inflation rate in 40 years, and now, the highest federal reserve interest rates since 2008.[1] In efforts to curb raging inflation, the US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates six times in 2022, reaching a target of 3.75% in November.[2] This rise in the…

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The History of Inflation is Older Than you Think

The History of Inflation is Older Than you Think Barnet Financial & Tax

Inflation has occurred in many different societies throughout history. We think of inflation as a modern economic concept, but in reality, it predates modern history and has been a prevalent part of societies since the first nations and urban areas emerged. Ancient Rome When silver was used as the currency in Rome, the government would collect…

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Inflation and a Gallon of Milk

Inflation and a Gallon of Milk Barnett Financial & Tax

In 1960, a gallon of conventional whole milk was 31 cents, and today it’s $4.21 on average.[1] A few dollars might not seem like much, but that’s a 1,258% increase! Now that we’re seeing high inflation, the buying power of your money – including your retirement savings – could be seriously impacted. When calculating how…

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Inflation Finds its Way to Your Wallet

Inflation Finds its Way to Your Wallet Barnett Financial & Tax

There’s no doubt that people have been feeling the effects of inflation on their wallets. Everything from food to gas to home repair products seems to be increasing every day. Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, is taking inflation very seriously, raising interest rates to combat the explosion of inflation. And although the moves have made…

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What NOT to Spend on During Inflation

What NOT to Spend on During Inflation Barnett Financial and Tax

Are you feeling shocked at how expensive your regular expenses are? Well, you’re not alone. Many Americans are feeling the burn as the price of daily goods increases due to stimulus checks and supply chain shortages. As the economy gets back on its feet after the COVID-19 lockdowns, inflation will likely stick around. However, inflation…

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