The Price We Pay for Keeping Our Promises

Recent studies show that most Americans cannot tell the difference between various investment products available for retirement accounts. That, and most Americans don’t know whom to ask for advice and how much to pay for that advice. Whether it’s stocks, bonds, variable annuities, mutual funds or any number of ‘alternative investments,’ that confusion translates into…

Ransomware – what is it and why should we worry

Just when you finished securing all of your private information to make it safe from identity thieves, along comes ransomware. This increasingly popular and disruptive form of cybercrime – which makes files and data stored on computers inaccessible unless a ransom is paid – was once an obscure niche for hackers. In addition to individual PC users, ransomware attacks are now affecting larger systems including government agencies and some of the world’s biggest corporations. With sophisticated ransomware software available online for hackers to use and the rise of anonymous digital currencies such as bitcoin, chances are good that the attacks will continue to evolve and multiply.
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Bob Van Wetter
Bob Van Wetter
COO and Co-Founder of Northstar Investment Advisors.