Interested In Purchasing A Home? Call Judy Today for a Personal Consultation!

Interested In Purchasing A Home?  Call Judy Today for a Personal Consultation!

Arnold, CA…Judy Bettencourt purchased a home in Blue Lake Springs in 2004 and decided to make it her full time residence in 2008. Judy has been helping clients with homeownership since 1998. Besides her desire to help people with their dream of home ownership, she has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking and […]

“On the Right Track” Program Helps Local Students make “Real Life” Plans

“On the Right Track” Program Helps Local Students make “Real Life” Plans

San Andreas, CA…The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Calaveras Business Resource Center, Bret Harte High School, Calaveras Unified School District, Calaveras High School, Calaveras County Office of Education and the Calaveras County Administrative Offices are proud to announce the 1st Annual “On the Right Track” program taking place in the Spring […]

There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2017 ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2017 ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

Murphys, CA….There’s still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2017! You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,500 for 2017 ($6,500 if you were age 50 by December 31, 2017). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2017 is April 17, 2018.  You can contribute […]

Columbia College Foundation Honors Students with Over $120,000 in Scholarships

Columbia College Foundation Honors Students with Over $120,000 in Scholarships

Columbia, CA…The Columbia College Foundation and its community partners will present more than $120,000 in scholarships to qualified and deserving students at the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 12. The event, 4:30-5:30 pm at the Dogwood Forum on campus, features student and community speakers, musical performances and presentation of the […]

Calaveras & Tuolumne Counties Among Best Places in California for Living on Social Security

Calaveras & Tuolumne Counties Among Best Places in California for Living on Social Security

Arnold, CA…Planning where you’ll spend your retirement can be difficult, especially for folks who will be relying heavily on Social Security as a main source of income. There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved into the data to find out where. In its fourth annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, […]

Economy Added Just 103,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Holds at 4.1% & Labor Participation Rate 62.9%

Washington, DC….Total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in manufacturing, health care, and mining. Household Survey Data…In March, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month, and the number of […]

Hop on the e-Bus in Jackson or Sonora to get Your Taxes Done for Free

Hop on the e-Bus in Jackson or Sonora to get Your Taxes Done for Free

Sonora & Jackson, CA…Need help filing your federal and state income taxes? The e-Bus will be in Jackson on April 9-10 and in Sonora on April 11-12 providing free tax prep to those earning $54,000 or less, the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency announced. The bus will be staffed with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) […]

IRS Releases Updated Form W-4 and Withholding Calculator ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

IRS Releases Updated Form W-4 and Withholding Calculator ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

Murphys, CA…The IRS has released a new version of Form W-4 and a revised Withholding Calculator on irs.gov (IR-2018-36). These updated tools can help you check your 2018 tax withholding to determine if it’s still appropriate following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. The IRS urges taxpayers to use these […]

Jobless Claims Lowest Since January of 1973 at 215,000

Jobless Claims Lowest Since January of 1973 at 215,000

Washington, DC….In the week ending March 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since January 27, 1973 when it was 214,000. The previous week’s level was revised down by 2,000 from 229,000 to […]

Gross Domestic Product 2.9% Fourth Quarter and Annual 2017 (Third Estimate) Fourth Quarter & Annual 2017

Gross Domestic Product 2.9% Fourth Quarter and Annual 2017 (Third Estimate) Fourth Quarter & Annual 2017

Washington, DC…Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 (table 1), according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.2 percent. The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data […]

Register Now For Healthy Aging Event at Mark Twain Medical Center on April 3rd.

Register Now For Healthy Aging Event at Mark Twain Medical Center on April 3rd.

San Andreas, CA…Healthy aging is more than just physical health. It’s emotional, financial, and educational. Hosted by John Krutsinger of Edward Jones in Murphys, the event partners with three community non-profits; Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, Mark Twain Medical Center Foundation (MTMCF), and Mind Matters. Ageless – A Prescription for Healthy Aging by Robert Pokorski, […]

Economy Adds 313,000 Jobs in February & Unemployment Holds Steady at 4.1%

Economy Adds 313,000 Jobs in February & Unemployment Holds Steady at 4.1%

Washington, DC…Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 313,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities, and mining. Household Survey Data In February, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the […]

Jeff Bezos Tops Forbes’ 32nd Annual World’s Billionaires List

Jeff Bezos Tops Forbes’ 32nd Annual World’s Billionaires List

New York, NY…A record 2,208 billionaires made Forbes’ 32nd annual ranking of the world’s billionaires, as featured in the March 31, 2018 issue of Forbes magazine.”The superrich continue to get richer, widening the gap between them and everyone else,” said Luisa Kroll and Kerry A. Dolan, Assistant Managing Editors of Wealth, at Forbes Media. Centi-billionaire […]

Jobless Claims Lowest Since 1969 & As Percentage of Workforce Even Lower

Jobless Claims Lowest Since 1969 & As Percentage of Workforce Even Lower

Washington, DC…In the week ending February 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 210,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202,000. The previous week’s level was revised down by 2,000 from 222,000 to […]

Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress by Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell

Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress by Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell

Washington, DC….Chairman Hensarling, Ranking Member Waters, and members of the Committee, I am pleased to present the Federal Reserve’s semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress. On the occasion of my first appearance before this Committee as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, I want to express my appreciation for my predecessor, Chair Janet Yellen, and […]

Dow Climbs Back Above 25,000

Dow Climbs Back Above 25,000

New York, NY…The Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed back above the 25,000 level intra-day. The markets have shrugged off inflation worries and the horrific events in Florida to continue retaking lost ground.

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