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Should You Keep Paying Student Loans, Despite Student Loan Payments Being Suspended?

It’s big news for anyone carrying federal student loan debt: Many borrowers aren’t obligated to make payments through September 2021. The thought of extra cash in your pocket sounds great, but should you take advantage of this offer? Student loan repayment during the pandemic In March 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, which included various […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Facts You Need to Know

Navigating the coronavirus pandemic has been stressful for many of us over the past year. We’ve had to learn a lot about a new health threat while working to understand its impacts on our daily lives, our communities, our economy and society at large. In the meantime, global researchers, doctors and scientists have come together […]

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The Inflation Situation

What started as a whimper at the beginning of the year has become louder with each passing month. Prices are rising all around us. Copper prices have surged to record highs. The cost of lumber has more than doubled from January lows. Even crops such as corn and coffee have jumped more than 20% since […]

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An Ally from the Beginning: 5 Reasons Why We Love Soccer and Our Commitment to Community

As the founding and lead sponsor of Charlotte’s new MLS club, Charlotte FC, we believe in the power of play and the importance of sports in building teamwork, community, and healthy habits — but what is it about soccer that we especially love? Here are a few reasons why this sponsorship and our work with […]

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Three Market Wild Cards to Watch for

The market recovery has been one for the history books, and investors have been noticeably optimistic through some tough economic times. These past few years have helped retail investors become more engaged, build their resilience to volatility and, at times, see market dips as potential buying opportunities. That’s the good news: The adage that retail […]

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When Your Ego Sabotages Your Investing

Stocks have calmed down over the past few weeks as temperatures rise and trading volumes drop. But just because markets are on a little spring break doesn’t mean you have to be. Quiet periods are the perfect time to strengthen your mental game. A lot of investing is about controlling your emotions and biases, believe […]


Wealth Management: The Gender Gap You Might Not Be Aware of

The financial industry is riddled with gender gaps. Some are more widely talked about, like the wage and investment gaps, while others aren’t mentioned as often. But they all contribute to the overall wealth gap between men and women — which sees women owning an average of just 32 cents for every dollar owned by […]

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Coinbase and Crypto’s Coming of Age

Old Wall Street, meet new Wall Street. Coinbase, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, went public on Wednesday via a direct offering of shares. At the end of the day, the company was valued at $65 billion, launching it into the top 150 largest U.S. public companies. Everybody seems to have an opinion on […]

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Q2 Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic

It’s hard to believe we already have one quarter of 2021 under our belts. Three months flew by, but investors should be feeling good. The S&P 500 jumped 5.8%, better than the long-term average increase of 2.1%. It feels like the wind is at our back as we start the second quarter. The vaccine rollout […]

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3 Investors, 3 Ideas for How to Invest $5,000

Even when you have smart digital tools and a budget that aligns with your financial goals, saving money and building wealth still requires some effort. But how great would it be to have a fairy godmother or a genie in a bottle granting wishes, especially if one of those wishes gave you $5,000 to invest […]

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