17 percent of seniors impacted by fraud in 2016

The fact is that individuals over the age of 65 (senior citizens) are more susceptible to fraud. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that almost 20% of older Americans fell victim to one or more types of fraud or scams during 2016. The total loss experienced by these individuals is estimated to be in the billions of dollars.

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2017 fastest growing jobs

While it is very difficult to measure, the list below shows some of what are expected to be the fastest growing jobs from 2017 up through the middle of the next decade. While there are literally thousands of different industries in the United States, the economy is always evolving and almost impossible to predict, the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as other organizations try to give their estimation of where job growth may come from.

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Monthly rents increased 1 to 4% in 2016

While the average rent paid by families across the country increased in 2016, the amount of that increase was not overly excessive according to apartment finding company ABODO. According to their data of over one million one bedroom apartments, the average rent nationwide was $1001 per month, which is less than a 1% increase during the year. However as we state below, the federal government CPI rates show there was a much larger increase during 2016 (but the data sets differ).

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50% of Americans qualify for 2017 VITA tax return service

The VITA program has now opened for calendar year 2017. The federal government funded program, formally known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, allows Americans with an income of less than $55,000 or so to file their taxes for free. Note the income ranges can vary slightly by local community. Since the census bureau states that the median household income in this country is about $50,000, this means that roughly 50%+ of Americans could qualify for VITA. So say goodbye to costly TurboTax, H&R Block services, and all those fee based providers!

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Exercise and cancer risk

A recent study showed that higher levels of leisure time physical activity were associated with lower risks for 13 (!) types of cancers. This data was according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. This means that having a little activity in your life can help reduce the risk, and associated costs, involved with a cancer diagnosis.

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