Remar's Report

Where Are You Keeping Your Important Documents and Valuables?

August 2014

We all have important documents. Many of us have items that we consider irreplaceable. Do you know where yours are? Are they protected from water, fire, and other threats? This month’s report looks at ways you can keep and protect your important items.

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What’s the Catch? Five Popular "Offers" to Avoid

July 2014

Enticing offers pop up frequently online, on TV, and in stores for services or goods that you might actually use if they were legitimate. But are they? Is there a catch? If so, what is it? What are your real alternatives? This report looks at five of the most popular advertising come-ons.

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Vacation Travel Tips and Traps

June 2014

Memorial Day has slipped past on the calendar. The great summer vacation season is upon us. Whether you plan to vacation as a family, a couple, a group of friends, or individually, these vacation travel tips can help you get the most value for your money and avoid popular travel traps and scams.

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The Heartbleed Bug Won’t Be the Last! Stay Safe Online

May 2014

In recent weeks, the Heartbleed security bug has been the headline of hundreds of news stories. Not only were user names, passwords, and other personal information potentially exposed, but there was little consumers could do because the vulnerability was in the security software that many website servers used. Once the bug was identified, the majority of endangered websites rushed to patch the problem.

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How to Pay Less Tax Legally and Boost Your Savings

April 2014

Everyone who pays income taxes would like to pay as little as legally possible. Most of us would also like to save more. In 2014, why not use some of the tax deductions and credits that you qualify for to help lower your tax bill? Then use the money you’ve freed up to maximize your savings. The IRS and tax experts note that many people who qualify for the deductions and credits identified in this report fail to take them. A tax credit directly reduces the amount of tax you have to pay. A deduction reduces the amount of income that is subject to tax and therefore usually reduces the taxes you pay. Talk with your tax professional to learn whether any of the strategies described here may be appropriate for your specific situation in 2014.

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Are You Alert to New Financial Scams Targeting Older Americans?

Knowing These Basics Can Help Protect Your Family

March 2014

Did you know that older adults in the U.S. are now the favorite target of financial scams? In 2012, people 60 and older made up 26% of all fraud complaints tracked by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the highest of any age group. That figure’s up from 10% in 2008, when it was the lowest of any adult age group. Also note that these statistics represent only the reported cases. The FTC estimates that no more than 10% of these scams are reported. Because about 10,000 boomers turn 65 each day, the popularity of these scams will only grow.

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