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Why Health Care Companies Need a Cyber Awareness Plan


As the industry transitions from paper-based to electronic health records, cybersecurity has never been more critical. HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard to protecting sensitive patient data. [. . .]

6 Tips to Help Business Owners Clear the Q4 Home Stretch


If you’re like most business owners, you’re preparing to wind down 2018. Now is the optimum time to review your financial position with your accountant, attorney and banker. [. . .]

How many ways can hackers attack your business today?

The answer: Plenty, with new threats evolving all the time. Cybersecurity isn’t an IT issue. It’s a business issue. And the cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of recovering from a cyber fraud event. [. . .]

Why employers are taking a closer look at ESOPs


Why is the Silver Tsunami creating a sea of change in closely held businesses? What makes an Employee Stock Ownership Plan a timely alternative ownership transition strategy? How does the new Main Street Employee Ownership Act make ESOPs more attractive than ever? And what four key factors can make or break your plan? [. . .]

Failure Can Be Inspiring. And Success Should Be Shared


How do you find the leaders of tomorrow? At Webster Bank, the process we go through is a little different because what we’re trying to achieve goes above and beyond the norm: We’re not only looking for people who can be great bankers; we want people who are truly good human beings. [. . .]

For Richer: 4 Questions that Wealthy Newlyweds Should Pop


When two successful people marry, it can be as complicated as any business merger. Both partners have accumulated significant assets—from $1 million to $10 million or more. And each has a unique philosophy about saving, spending and sharing the wealth. If you are in that category—or hope to be one day—these four questions can help you clarify your financial future together. [. . .]

Best travel apps and gadgets for a worry-free vacation


Enhance your fun while you ease your stress. You’re ready for a vacation, but not quite ready for a detox from your devices. Relax: All sorts of travel apps and technology are here to smooth your path, every step of the way. [. . .]

7 Financial Tips for Not-So-New Newlyweds


The song says “Love’s more comfortable the second time around.” But not necessarily when it comes to finances. Older couples marrying face their own set of questions and challenges about merging their lives—and their money. And by “older,” we’re talking about ages 40+: young at heart, but old enough to have accumulated assets. You’ve each also accumulated a life’s worth of habits and opinions about spending, budgeting and saving—and they can rub each other the wrong way... [. . .]

How tax reform may — or may not — affect your next move.


First home? New home? Dream home? How tax reform may — or may not — affect your next move. If you’re confused about how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could affect your home financing plans, you’re definitely not alone. Lots of first-time and new-home buyers have been asking whether they can still deduct the interest they pay on their mortgage. And many of those dreaming of major home improvements want to know if a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or home equity loan still offers a tax-advantaged way to turn their dreams into reality. The short answer to both of those questions is still yes — as long as you meet certain qualifications. [. . .]

First-Time Home Buyers:

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As “For Sale” signs pop up like crocuses, the home-buying season bursts into full bloom. But too often, mortgage myths dissuade potential first-time home buyers from taking that step from renting to owning. Don’t let these six misconceptions stop you from moving forward. [. . .]