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Buying a Watch in 1880 — History You Probably Didn’t Know!

March 31, 2016, by Roland Manarin

You might be surprised to find out that if you were looking for a watch in 1880, you would find the cheapest, most high-quality watch not at a store but from a telegraph operator in a train station. The business was orchestrated by Richard Sears, who then worked as a telegraph operator. It all began…

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Weighing the Benefits of Prepaid Debit Cards

March 15, 2016, by Manarin Investment Counsel

Americans spent about $37 billion on prepaid debit cards in 2013, double the amount from 2009, according to a report by Bankrate, a publisher that reports financial trends and statistics.¹ A prepaid debit card is established when an individual provides cash to a financial institution in exchange for a card that can be used like…

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Debt is an Elephant in the Room

March 10, 2016, by Roland Manarin

The American economy is being taken over by debt — both public and private — and no one wants to talk about it. As an article by Samuel Bryan, published on schiffgold.com points out, the national U.S. debt recently crossed the $19 trillion threshold. As Peter Schiff said in a recent Gold Videocast: “the Federal…

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How do Volunteers Pass FAIRtax?

March 3, 2016, by Roland Manarin

On Feb. 5, FAIRtax volunteers posted the image below on Facebook. Three days later, more than 3 million people had this image in their newsfeed. As a result, the FAIRtax Facebook page drew more than 2,000 more new “likes” or followers. As many of you know, FAIRtax is a proposed amendment that seeks to abolish…

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How to cut your health-care bill: Pay cash

March 2, 2016, by John Burke

An article by Melinda Beck originally published in the Wall Street Journal titled “How to cut your health-care bill: Pay cash” provides insight into how a free market system should work. Many hospitals offer discounts if a patient pays in cash the same day as the service, because this reduces administrative costs. Officially cash prices…

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Measuring the Value of a Financial Advisor

February 22, 2016, by Manarin Investment Counsel

What’s the value of a financial advisor? Two studies found that working with a financial professional can result in higher returns and potentially lower personal stress. Lower Stress Seventy-six percent of people within 15 years of retirement are stressed when thinking about retirement savings and investments.¹ Working with a financial advisor to develop a written…

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