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The Power of Investing

Posted on: April 4th, 2019 by tcg_admin No Comments

Thinking about investing?

Unsure whether it’s a good option for you? Check out this video to learn why it’s important to begin building your nest egg early in life.


Reasons to Invest Globally

Posted on: March 25th, 2019 by tcg_admin No Comments

Domestic vs. Global vs. International

 

Ever wondered if you should invest globally or keep all of your investments domestic? This PDF to shares valuable information on this topic.

 

Another Reason to Invest Globally PDF

How to Find the Right Car Seat

Posted on: February 11th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

Infant, convertible, or booster seat? At NHTSA, we know that finding the right car seat and installing it correctly is no easy task. Then there’s the question of when to transition your child to another type of car seat. Follow these steps to help you through the decision-making process and keep your child safe.

  1. Step 1 ->

    Find the right car seat based on:
    Car Seat Types
Learn about the four types of car seats.
    Age & Size Recommendations (from birth to age 13)
 – Follow these recommendations for selecting a car seat based on your child’s age and size.
    Find a Car Seat
Compare car seat makes and models using our Car Seat Finder tool.
    Car Seat Ease-of-Use RatingsEvaluate car seat features using our car seat ease-of-use ratings.

  2. Step 2 ->

    Install your car seat correctly
    Follow these car seat installation tips to keep your child safe.

  3. Step 3 ->

    Register your car seat
    Don’t delay—register your car seat today to receive car seat and booster seat recall notices.

  4. Step 4 ->

    Get recall notifications on your car seat
    Sign up to receive e-mail alerts about car seat and booster seat recalls from NHTSA.

Blog credit: NHTSA http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm

Be Winter Ready

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

Prepare Your Home for Winter

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Listen to weather forecasts.
  • Check your emergency supplies.
  • Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.
  • Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. Test the batteries each month and replace them twice a year.
  • Weatherproof your home.
  • Bring your pets indoors during the winter.

Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days’ notice. Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted.

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “chimney cleaning.”

Also, if you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.

Your ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age. Older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. If you are over 65 years old, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently. Check the temperature of your home often during the winter months.

Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze. To the extent possible, weatherproof your home by adding weather-stripping, insulation, insulated doors, and storm windows or thermal-pane windows.

If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

Checklist

  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls. This will make water less likely to freeze.
  • Service snow-removal equipment.
  • Have chimney and flue inspected.
  • Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

BLOG CREDIT- CDC.GOV

 

Theft Prevention

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

Protect Your Ride: Tips for Vehicle Theft Protection

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 11.41.31 AMIn 2013, there were nearly 700,000 motor vehicles reported stolen in the United States—that’s

a vehicle stolen every 45 seconds. Nearly 45 percent of these vehicles are never recovered. The

estimated total value of vehicles stolen nationwide is approximately $4.1 billion.

 

Don’t Make Your Vehicle a Target
Nearly half of vehicle theft is due to driver error, such as leaving your keys in the vehicle. Use

common sense when you park by:

• Always taking your keys and not leaving them in or on your vehicle

• Closing windows and locking doors

• Parking in well-lit areas

• Never leaving valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen

• Never leaving the area while your vehicle is running

• Keeping your vehicle in your garage, if possible

 

Protect Your Vehicle
There are several different types of antitheft systems and devices designed to make vehicles more difficult to steal or easier to trace and recover. Here’s how some of them work:

Audible and Visible Devices deter theft by bringing attention to an unauthorized attempt to steal or enter your vehicle, such as a horn alarm. Visible devices create a visual threat/warning/deterrence, such as the use of steering-wheel locks—as well as theft-deterrent decals, flashing lights, and window etching.

Immobilizing-Type Devices prevent thieves from bypassing your vehicle’s ignition system and

hot-wiring the vehicle. Some incorporate computer chips in ignition keys or disable the flow of

electricity or fuel to the engine.

Vehicle Recovery Systems: These devices use electronic transmission technology that helps law

enforcement reveal the location of stolen vehicles—and possibly catch thieves in action.

 

BLOG CREDIT: NHTSA.GOV