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Top 10 Highest Paying Occupations

Looking for a lucrative career? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top 10 highest paying occupations. The numbers below reflect the median annual pay: Orthodontists | $208,000 Anesthesiologists | $208,000 Obstetricians and gynecologists | $208,000 Maxillofacial and oral surgeons | $208,000 Surgeons | $208,000 Physicians | $206,920 General Internists | $196,380 Psychiatrists | $194,740 Family and general practitioners | $190,490 Chief executives | $181,210

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New Survey Finds 42% of Wisconsinites Have Just $1,000 or Less in Savings

Originally Published in Business Wire on Sept. 20, 2017 SafetyNet survey uncovers significant gaps in Wisconsin worker’s financial preparedness MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Americans struggle to keep up with rising expenses, such as rent, healthcare and monthly costs of living, putting money into a savings account often times falls to the wayside. That is especially true […]

Wisconsin financial wellness survey by Safety Net
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Recent SafetyNet Survey: Wisconsin’s Workforce Lives on Financially Shaky Ground

42% of Those Surveyed Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings First the good news: Unemployment in Wisconsin is at a remarkable low. Across the state the number of applications for unemployment benefits has fallen, and last spring the size of Wisconsin’s labor force hit an all-time high. What’s more, national employment trends continue to indicate […]

Old Train: The history of Labor Day
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A Hard-Earned 3-Day Weekend: This Labor Day Remember Its Roots

For most people in America, Labor Day means barbecuing with friends, camping with family, or having one last visit to the lake. But the fact that you are enjoying a long weekend before summer’s end has significant historical roots. While Labor Day parades may be a thing of the past, take a moment to pay […]

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5 Troubling Financial Statistics

Overall, the economy in the U.S. has been slowly recovering from the recent recession, but many Americans are still struggling financially. Of course, these 5 troubling financial statistics from different surveys tell only part of the story, but they are concerning nonetheless. 32% of people surveyed said they pay only the minimum amount due each […]

Grocery Store Comparison Infographic - Aldi wins
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Apples to Apples: SafetyNet™ Compares 4 Top Grocery Chain Prices

Recently, the SafetyNet™ team hit the pavement (or, rather, the parking lots) to investigate where and how grocery shoppers in the Midwest can get the best bang for their buck. Armed with a list of common grocery staples and a handful of reusable shopping bags, we threw a cooler in the back of the car […]

Cheap Fruits and Veggies Infographic
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Infographic: 10 Cheap Fruits and Veggies Under 30 Cents per Portion

Everyone thinks it costs a lot more to eat healthy, but this infographic shows 10 cheap fruits and veggies that are under 30 center per portion, including broccoli, carrots, oranges and plums. Replace your afternoon bag of chips with something from this list, and you’ll save money and get a little nutrition while you’re at it. To […]

Man in wheelchair researching Social Security disability
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How Does Social Security Disability Insurance Work?

It’s not something most of us think about on a daily basis, but injury and illness prevent millions of Americans from earning an income each year. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) a little more than 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement. While Social Security benefits […]

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Infographic: Top 10 Projected Occupational Losses in Wisconsin for 2024

The number of jobs in some occupations is declining in Wisconsin, according to these Wisconsin Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections from 2014-2024. The Wisconsin occupation projections in this infographic are for the year 2024 and reflect the projected change from 2014. These projections were derived using May 2015 OES Survey, annual data 2014 QCEW and CES data, unpublished […]

Woman paying bills - April financial literacy month
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National Financial Literacy Month: Do You Know How to Calculate Compound Interest?

Suppose you owe $1,000 on a loan and the interest rate is 20% per year compounded annually. If you didn’t pay anything off, at this interest rate, how many years would it take for the amount you owe to double?*

If you don’t know the answer to that question, you’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test with questions about interest rates, mortgages and economic trends, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation.