September 6, 2023

Continued Growth in Cybercrime and Tips to Protect Against It

With continued advancements in the digital world, individuals have inevitably seen an increase in cybercrime. According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, financial losses due to investment schemes rose more than 300% to $10.3 billion in 2022, compared to the previous high of $3.3 billion in 2021.
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September 7, 2023

Art for Art’s Sake

I purchased my first piece of real art (i.e., not an art poster from a shop in the West Village) as a housewarming and anniversary present for my husband years ago. It is a silkscreen print of firecrackers from a local artist (Clay Huffman, now deceased) who had a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town, Alexandria.
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July 25, 2023

Investment Management - Second Quarter 2023

Last year, as the Federal Reserve altered their path of tightening monetary conditions, we noted that overall visibility had become “muddled.” During the second quarter, improving economic data has provided investors with levels of visibility not experienced in some time. It wasn’t immediate since concerns over regional bank stability were still top of mind.
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August 7, 2023

Investing in the AI Boom

"Artificial Intelligence," or simply "AI" is a catchphrase these days. The concept of having a computer perform tasks using human-like intelligence and discernment makes it feel like the next chapter in a sci-fi novel is here. The use of AI seems to have found practical use in almost all sectors of our economy. From commercial use, defense, entertainment, and even politics, AI has revolutionized the way we do things daily.
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August 7, 2023

Financial Planning 101 – Budgeting

It is an age-old question — How to budget money? And it is one that I wish I knew the answer to back when I first started earning an income. I would spend many late nights staring at the ceiling wondering where my income was going and why I struggled to afford some of the basic necessities in life.
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July 20, 2023

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

To quote Dr. Seuss, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Growing up, teachers and parents always stressed the importance of an education. But what happens when formal schooling is over? Lifelong learning is defined as the self-motivated practice of continuing to learn throughout one’s entire life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competencies.
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