American shoppers spent a record $5 billion in 24 hours on Black Friday. That marks a 16.9% increase in dollars spent online compared with Black Friday 2016. While this high frequency, frenzied exchange of money during the holidays is great for retailers and holiday shoppers alike, it also comes with... Read more →


For many, November marks the beginning of the holiday season. This is a time centered on family, togetherness and bringing in the New Year on a good note. These occasions also provide a time of reflection on family and how to better plan for the future in order to protect... Read more →


Take a moment to consider: once busy streets, alive with passersby enjoying the seemingly endless sunshine, now rivers of murky water and debris. Within the last few weeks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose have devastated Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands. Millions of people have been displaced and... Read more →


By Abby Terlecki A cross-country road trip can be the adventure of a lifetime. Travel writer Paul Theroux calls the "Great American road trip ... the supreme example of the journey as the destination." Theroux has traveled the world, yet his wanderlust always circled back to the America he had... Read more →


Walking down the street, standing in an elevator, waiting in line, relaxing on the couch, gathered at a business meeting – our smartphones are with us. Sixty-four percent of Americans have smartphones – a figure that’s nearly doubled since 2011. They’ve changed the way we do business, live our lives,... Read more →