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1888 December 23 – Vincent van Gogh chops off his ear

On December 23, 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France.  He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van...

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1773 December 16 – The Boston Tea Party

In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor. The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea...

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The Power of the Consumer

In recent months, consumer confidence has been falling. Provided by Sam Law A confident consumer can be a powerful ally in an economy. But when the consumer starts to have questions, we can measure consumer confidence in everything from retail sales to home buying to...

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2016 December 09 – World Anti-Doping Agency accuses Russia

of widespread cheating at Olympics On December 9, 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency details a vast "institutional conspiracy" involving Russian officials and more than 1,000 athletes in systematic doping at major athletic competitions, including the Olympics. A...

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2022 Contribution Limits

Is it time to contribute more? Provided by Sam Law Preparing for retirement just got a little more financial wiggle room. This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced new contribution limits for 2022. Staying put for 2022 are traditional Individual...

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Enron files for bankruptcy – 2001 December 02

On December 2, 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history. An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two...

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What is financial flexibility and why is it so important?

A healthy balance between planning for today and the future is more important than you might think.   Thanagon Karaket / EyeEm | EyeEm | Getty Images   Select’s editorial team works independently to review financial products and write articles we think our...

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