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Social Security Q&A: What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: What is substantial gainful activity? Answer: Social Security uses the term “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA,” to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn more than a certain amount and are doing productive work, Social Security generally considers that you are engaging in substantial gainful activity. For example, …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Local Hospitals Release Community Health Needs Assessment Access to mental health care and affordable health insurance, prescription drugs prices, heroin and the misuse of pain medications are among the Upper Valley ’s most pressing health concerns, according to a report by local hospitals. The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment is based on focus …

Are You Saving Enough For Retirement?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saving for retirement is no easy task, but a new study says you don’t need to be a Powerball winner to put away enough cash for old age. According to the study by Fidelity Investments, 45 percent of those surveyed in 2015 were on track to cover essential expenses during their retirement, up from 38 percent in 2013. Although that’s still less than …

People in Business: Jan. 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alison Bruce, of East Corinth, has been promoted to senior vice president at Ledyard National Bank. Bruce celebrated her 16th anniversary with the bank last year. Her new title is an acknowledgement of how her role has expanded …

Business Notes: Jan. 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Norwich — The Bike Hub, which sold and repaired bicycles and related gear from its shop on Route 5 adjacent to Fogg’s Hardware and Building Supply, closed its doors on Jan. 23. Owner Bill McFadden posted the news on the store’s Facebook page, announcing “we will still be …

Developers Thinking Inside The Box — the Cargo Box

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Los Angeles — Slinging fresh juices and smoothies at two shops in Los Angeles, the owners of The Juice were initially skeptical when approached with an unusual proposition for a new location: a pop-up housed in a shipping …

Bee Business Beginning to Boom

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Janesville, Wis. — There’s a serious buzz surrounding bees these days, and at least one Wisconsin retailer is seeking to build some business out of it. Blain’s Farm and Fleet, based in this city about 60 miles southwest …

Consumer Confidential: When Collectors Call, Demand Proof of Your Debt

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Suzanne Husted went through a rough patch about a decade ago and had to take out a pair of $300 payday loans to get by. She said she paid each back within a couple of months. Now she’s getting calls from two different debt collectors insisting that $2,400 …

Rivier University Offers Job ‘Guarantee’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Concord — A small Catholic university in southern New Hampshire is becoming the latest college to offer a money-back guarantee of sorts to its students. Rivier University, which has a total student population of about 2,600 in Nashua, …

Next Big Workplace Perk: College Debt Relief

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Minneapolis — A growing number of companies are dangling a recruitment perk that is tailor-made for the millennial generation: debt relief. Free snacks and gym memberships don’t hold the allure they once did for young people entering the working world. Buried under student loans of more than $29,000 …

Money Talk: Growth Requires Accepting Some Risk

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Question: What is the best way to protect my 401(k) now and in the future when I draw from it for retirement? What is the least risky place to “bank it”? I have a fear of a crashing stock market in the middle of my retirement years. Answer: …

Ga. Couple to Public: We Didn’t Steal Your Phone

Sunday, January 31, 2016

For months now, angry strangers have been showing up at Christina Lee and Michael Saba’s front door with a curious demand: “Give me back my stolen phone!” Sometimes, families will show up; other times, it’s groups of friends or a random person with a police officer in tow, …

Bumper Crop Leads to Lower Almond Prices

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Almonds, the beloved snack that recently overtook peanuts as the most consumed nut in America, might have gotten a little too popular for their own good. After years of steady price increases, thanks in large part to sky-rocketing demand, the protein-packed nut has suddenly become much cheaper. Almond …