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    1. Employers sought for Fall 2020 Job Fair

      Employers sought for Fall 2020 Job Fair

      Employers are sought to take part in a local job fair serving the community of Mission Viejo. Hosted by Saddleback Church and the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce, the fall Job Fair will take place at the Norman P. Murray Community Center at 24932 Veterans Way. The date and time will be determined based on the response from prospective employers.

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    2. How to Keep Your Social Media Accounts Secure - Namecheap Blog

      How to Keep Your Social Media Accounts Secure - Namecheap Blog

      Hackers, marketing companies, and more besides, take and share your informational data for a variety of reasons.  Extreme examples like Cambridge Analytica using your likes and dislikes to influence an election should be enough to give the everyday user a pause for thought.

      Let’s take a look at the kinds of security issues that come from social media, and how you can keep yourself and your data safe in a time when everyone is online all the time.

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    3. Managing Your Money in an Uncertain World

      Managing Your Money in an Uncertain World

      As you return to work after being away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some financial basics you need to make sure you have covered. October 19, 2020 Getty Images Just six months ago, we all lived in a world of record stock returns and tight employment markets. Then came COVID-19, and unemployment exploded while the S&P 500 lost a third of its value in a month. Today, the markets still remain volatile with the Dow swinging hundreds of points on a daily basis.

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    4. Saving in Uncertain Times

      Saving in Uncertain Times

      (BPT) - The savings habits of Americans appear to be shifting in light of the challenging circumstances of the past few months. In addition to shoring up personal savings, there are indications that Americans are reforming their habits in other key areas like healthcare and retirement as they plan for an uncertain future. This newfound diligence represents an evolution of the approach that many had adopted in regard to savings and financial resilience.

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    5. Roth 401(k) Vs Traditional 401(k): Investing Pre-Tax Or After-Tax

      Roth 401(k) Vs Traditional 401(k): Investing Pre-Tax Or After-Tax

      Which is better, a Roth or traditional 401(k)? The central difference between a Roth 401(k) and traditional 401(k) is the tax treatment of your contributions. Investors make traditional 401(k) contributions before tax while Roth savings occur after tax. Which is best for you will depend on your current/future tax situation, asset mix, and cash flows. For individuals in the upper end of the tax brackets, paying tax now on retirement savings may not make sense.

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      Mentions: Roth IRA retirement
    6. Which states have the most residents in financial distress because of COVID-19?

      Which states have the most residents in financial distress because of COVID-19?

      The study, written by WalletHub’s Adam McCann, compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia using nine metrics, including average credit score, the change in the number of bankruptcy filings seen in each state from January to July 2020, and the number of people with accounts in distress, defined by McCann as “one which either is in forbearance or has its payments deferred.”

      According to the report, the ten states with the most residents in financial distress are:

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    7. There’s a Scarcity of Child Care for Working-Class Families in Orange County, State Commission Report Finds – NBC Los Angeles

      There’s a Scarcity of Child Care for Working-Class Families in Orange County, State Commission Report Finds – NBC Los Angeles

      A state agency issued a report Wednesday concluding that there is a significant scarcity of child care for working-class families in Orange County.

      The percentage of licensed slots to care for infants up to 2 years stands at just 5%, according to the report from the First 5 Orange County commission.

      There are 107,870 children up to 2 years old in the county, but only 5,170 licensed slots, with 4,476 in licensed child-care centers.

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      Mentions: Southern CA News
    8. Orange County Virtual Job Fair Boasts 75 Employers Seeking To Fill Positions Across Range Of Industries – CBS Los Angeles

      Orange County Virtual Job Fair Boasts 75 Employers Seeking To Fill Positions Across Range Of Industries – CBS Los Angeles

      With many still struggling to find solid employment during the pandemic, the Orange County Virtual Job Fair is hoping to help.

      “We have employment in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail, as well as professional and business,” said Carma Lacy, Orange County director of workforce development.

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    9. 5 Steps That Will Help You Financially Prepare To Start A Family

      5 Steps That Will Help You Financially Prepare To Start A Family

      I’m about to enter the third trimester of my first pregnancy. As a soon-to-be mother, I’m excited and scared. As a financial coach, I’ve been in planning mode for months. Having a child is not only a huge physical and emotional change, but it will also be a huge financial change. It’s important to me to understand and ensure that I am taking the right steps to prepare and protect our finances for starting a family.

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    10. Will There Be Social Security In The Future?

      Will There Be Social Security In The Future?

      Younger workers are concerned that social security will no longer be available for them when they retire. They fear that they have been paying into the system for years, but there will be nothing left when they retire.  Social Security Trustees released their annual report in April 2020, and stated there is a possibility that social security could be insolvent in 15 years. The current COVID-19 pandemic is likely also depleting reserves. 

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    11. Union Members Are More Likely To Receive Unemployment Benefits, Study Finds

      Union Members Are More Likely To Receive Unemployment Benefits, Study Finds

      Millions of jobless Americans have struggled to get unemployment benefits during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But one group of workers likely had more luck navigating the overwhelmed state agencies administering those programs: union members.

      A new study published by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth shows that members of unions are more than twice as likely to apply for unemployment benefits than workers who are not in unions. They are also nearly three times more likely to access those benefits, giving them a much better chance of weathering a recession and avoiding financial ruin.

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    12. 5 Ways to Cut Costs in Retirement and Stretch Your Savings

      5 Ways to Cut Costs in Retirement and Stretch Your Savings

      5 Ways to Cut Costs in Retirement and Stretch Your Savings (Maurie Backman) Save Many seniors worry about running out of money in retirement. And that's a valid concern. The truth is, you can save diligently throughout your career, but if you're not careful about how much you spend as a senior, you nest egg can quickly get depleted. That's why it's important to not only follow a retirement budget, but aim to keep your expenses as low as possible. And here are a few ways to accomplish the latter.

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    13. Mortgage and refinance rates today, Oct. 1: How to take advantage

      Mortgage and refinance rates today, Oct. 1: How to take advantage

      It’s been months since coronavirus hit the U.S. — and mortgage and refinance rates are still declining. Mortgage rates are subject to change based on housing market conditions, location, personal finance (such as your credit score), and lender. But if you're looking at U.S. market data as a whole, now is a good time to get a mortgage or a mortgage refinance.

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    14. 10 Ways to Make Money During the Pandemic

      10 Ways to Make Money During the Pandemic

      During the early days of the pandemic, savvy business owners adapted and pivoted to meet new customer demands. Examples would be breweries and distilleries selling hand sanitizer or clothing manufacturers producing masks.

      Unfortunately, the ship might have sailed on some of these new business ventures. Case in point: There are many distilleries now stuck with an inventory of unsold sanitizer. And, the mask market has become fiercely competitive.

      However, there are still in-demand businesses that you could launch. These include:

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      Mentions: Amazon
    15. How Coronavirus Affects Life Insurance

      How Coronavirus Affects Life Insurance

      THE CORONAVIRUS IS making more people think about the importance of life insurance to protect their families if anything happens to them – even if they're healthy now. 'The demand for life insurance is up,' says Byron Udell, president of AccuQuote, an independent life insurance brokerage firm. His company is taking about 35% to 50% more applications each day and is hiring more agents.

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    16. Economic inequality can be fixed, but we need political will to do it.

      Economic inequality can be fixed, but we need political will to do it.

      Economic inequality in the United States is real and deeply damaging to the living standards of the vast majority of families. But it’s eminently fixable so long as we’re willing to make a pronounced break with policies of the past to make income growth a genuine political priority. The roots of inequality’s rise after 1979 are in U.S. labor markets, particularly in the failure of paychecks for most workers to rise in line with broader measures of economic growth .

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    17. 4 Things to Know, Medicare's Fall Open Enrollment 2021

      4 Things to Know, Medicare's Fall Open Enrollment 2021

      4 Things to Know, Medicare's Fall Open Enrollment 2021 NEW YORK, Trying to choose the best Medicare plan to manage your healthcare costs can be a minefield. Here are four ways to find and choose the best Medicare plan during open enrollment, as well as information about new developments in 2021 that can help save you money. 1. Know your open enrollment basics The open enrollment period lasts from October 15 through December 7 each year.

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    18. Will You Be Financially Secure When You Are 100?

      Will You Be Financially Secure When You Are 100?

      Are you prepared to live a long time? You should be because many Americans are now living well into their 90s and 100s. If you are over 60, you can probably remember a time when a radio personality by the name of Paul Harvey used to wish a happy birthday to a few Americans who had turned 100 that week. He read off the names in less than a minute on his daily broadcast.

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    19. Council Post: Three Lessons The Life Insurance Industry Learned During The Pandemic

      Council Post: Three Lessons The Life Insurance Industry Learned During The Pandemic

      Laura Boylan is the Head of Underwriting Solutions at Haven Life, a digital life insurance agency backed by MassMutual. For decades, life insurance sales in the United States have been declining , with fewer Americans purchasing life insurance and others remaining underinsured. In late February of this year, however, the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting financial instability that ensued reminded individuals of their own mortality and the need to protect their loved ones financially.

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    20. Covid-19 Reinforces Need For Long-Term Care Planning

      Covid-19 Reinforces Need For Long-Term Care Planning

      When the Covid-19 pandemic first erupted there was a tremendous amount of attention given to nursing homes and the potential for these facilities to be incubators of the disease. As infections have become much more widespread, affecting how we all work and spend our leisure time, nursing homes have become only part of the story instead of the headline, but one that shouldn’t be ignored as it could set up a changing shift in behavior for retirement planning.

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    21. Census: 30% of Inland Empire late on rent, 17% in Los Angeles-Orange County – Whittier Daily News

      Census: 30% of Inland Empire late on rent, 17% in Los Angeles-Orange County – Whittier Daily News

      The pandemic’s economic pain has battered renters far more than it has homeowners as some fresh data from the U.S. Census Bureau reminds us.

      In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, 336,000 adults live in households that are behind on rent due in the week ended Aug. 31, according to the bureau. That’s 30% of all Inland Empire tenants and almost twice the rate in Los Angeles and Orange counties where 537,000 who live in rentals were late payers — 17% of all tenants.

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    22. Fed makes its last stand in struggle to keep potent in age of low interest rates - MarketWatch

      Fed makes its last stand in struggle to keep potent in age of low interest rates - MarketWatch

      The Federal Reserve has said for some time that it didn’t want to become impotent with its policy rate stuck at zero. Now we know their plan of action to avoid this outcome.

      On Wednesday, the Fed rolled out of the final details of its new strategy, promising to allow inflation to overshoot its 2% target and setting a relatively strict criteria for the next interest-rate hike.

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