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Turning 18 – What Does It Mean?

18-year-olds are granted many privileges upon their birthday. It’s like turning a switch and the world considers them an adult.  This new found status can be exciting and a little scary. Eighteen-year-olds can own property outright, vote in an election, serve on a jury, get married, get a tattoo, gamble, and enter into binding contracts…

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Barely Average Financial Education in the U.S.

It might not be surprising, but the United States isn’t close to the top when it comes to basic financial literacy skills among teenage students. Which country is? China. The 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey found the U.S. 7th out of 15 countries surveyed on understanding essential financial concepts and risks. China,…

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Big Choices When Deciding Where To Retire

About 15% of people in households with incomes of more than $100,000 move to a new destination when they retire – While the majority of baby boomers choose to stay put when they retire, a growing number are deciding on a new location to spend their golden years. There are thousands of destinations to choose from…

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What Happened While We Watched the Election Ads?

With the election behind us, perhaps we can start thinking about other things and even focus on some events that we may have missed during the fall campaign.  On October 7, the New Jersey Legislature and Governor approved a tax deal that would raise the state gas tax and on November 8, New Jersey voters…

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Holiday Saving Starts NOW

Summer was the time to get away, but now we’re back to school, college, and work. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be over and the holidays will be nipping at our heels. The AICPA reports that 6 in 10 US adults report the year-end holiday season is their most stressful time of year. This…

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Financial Literacy Month is Coming: Are You Ready?

In an age where few things are still taboo topics, we need to recognize how life-changing it can be to talk about and learn about money. In 2004, Resolution 316 was passed in the U.S. Senate, recognizing April as National Financial Literacy Month. The recognition is an attempt to improve personal financial well-being and reduce…

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It’s Wedding Season. Have You Considered All You Need To Do When You Get Married?

Your wedding planning checklist may look something like this: 1. Dress – bought 2. Tux – need 3. License – file 4. Guest list – finish; however, it would be prudent for you to include on it some financial to do’s, such as: Review and modify beneficiary designations Review insurance coverage Make timely name and address changes Review combined net worth…

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Mercadien Group Managing Directors earn prestigious PFS credential

The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s managing directors, Marguerite L. Mount and Michelle V. Everman, have been awarded the Personal Financial Specialist (PFSSM) credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), joining an elite group of professionals who have demonstrated advanced knowledge of tax, estate, retirement, investment…

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Marguerite Mount Named Annual Honoree by Family Guidance Center

The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce that Marguerite L. Mount, CPA, CGMA; managing director; principal in Mercadien, P.C., CPAs; and leader of the firm’s Individual Services Group, has been selected to receive the Mary Jo Codey Award at the Family Guidance Center Corporation’s Annual Spring Fling on April 16, 2015. Family Guidance Center is…

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Tips for a Stress-Free New Year

Are you ready for tax time? There are a couple of steps you can take now, as information begins to arrive in the mail, to alleviate some of the stress of filing your tax return. Begin by putting together a folder with W-2s from your employer, 1099s for other income you may have earned, bank…

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