Finance

More non-fiction than fiction, but often a well-written biography or history can be as exciting a read as a good suspense novel.

"The life and times of the wealthiest man who ever lived--Jacob Fugger--the Renaissance banker who revolutionized the art of making money and established the radical idea of pursuing wealth for its own sake. Jacob Fugger lived in Germany at the turn of the sixteenth century, the grandson of a peasant. By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly two percent of European GDP. Not even John D. Rockefeller had that kind of wealth. Most people become rich by spotting opportunities, pioneering new technologies, or besting opponents in negotiations. Fugger did all that, but he had an extra quality that allowed him to rise even higher: nerve. In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger had the nerve to stare down heads of state and ask them to pay back their loans--with interest. It was this coolness and self-assurance, along with his inexhaustible ambition, that made him not only the richest man ever, but a force of history as well. Before Fugger came along it was illegal under church law to charge interest on loans, but he got the Pope to change that. He also helped trigger the Reformation and likely funded Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. His creation of a news service, which gave him an information edge over his rivals and customers, earned Fugger a footnote in the history of journalism. And he took Austria's Habsburg family from being second-tier sovereigns to rulers of the first empire where the sun never set. The ultimate untold story, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived is more than a tale about the richest and most influential businessman of all time. It is a story about palace intrigue, knights in battle, family tragedy and triumph, and a violent clash between the 1 percent and everybody else. To understand our financial system and how we got it, it pays to understand Jacob Fugger"--.

NYPD Detective Claire Codella has just won a tough battle with cancer. Now she has to regain her rightful place on the force. she hasn't even been back a day when Hector Sanchez, a maverick public school principal, is found murdered. The school is on high alert. The media is howling for answers. And Codella catches the high-profile case at the worst possible time. As she races to track down the killer, she uncovers dirty politics, questionable contracts, and dark secrets. Each discovery she makes brings her closer to the truth, but the truth may cost Codella her life.

Florida's favorite trigger-happy, shoot-from-the-hip vigilante history teacher is back--and he has a few scores to settle Serge A. Storms is hitting the road. Inspired by the classic biker flick Easy Rider, the irrepressible trivia buff and his drug-addled travel buddy, Coleman, head out on a motorcycle tour down the length of the Sunshine State, on a mission to rediscover the lost era of the American Dream. But going from small town to small town, they discover that some have lost much of their former charm--including one particular hamlet of skeezy rural politicos that is hell-bent on keeping prying eyes out of their ineptly corrupt style of local government. Traveling across the state, Serge and Coleman engage in some high-life hijinks, complete with the state's trademark crop of jerks, lethal science experiments, drug kingpins, double-crosses, unearthed bodies, barbecue and groovy tunes. And when a few innocent newcomers stumble into the mix, the stakes are raised to new back-woods heights.

IT'S TAX TIME!!!

Canton Club 55+ is once more offering AARP Sponsored tax preparation assistance at The Summit/Canton Senior Center.  Registration begins Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  Call 734-394-5485 between 9:00AM - 4:00PM to make your appointment (this service available February 2, 2016 - April 12, 2016).  All joint tax return appointments must be an AM appointment.  No exceptions.

Savvy Seniors: July 2015

A recent publication from the Michigan Attorney General's office can help prevent consumer scam, particularly those targeting Michigan's older adults.   PROTECT YOURSELF, PROTECT YOUR FUTURE includes tips on protecting your personal information and reducing your exposure to identity theft,
including directions for getting your name off unwanted telemarketing and junk mail lists and for exercising
your right to receive free annual credit reports. The information and advice in this Guide is supplemented by other free publications of interest to consumers.
You can view Michigan Senior Brigade's consumer alerts online by visiting their website, www.michigan.gov/ag or by calling the Consumer Protection Division, toll-free, at 1-877-765-8388.

Your Credit Score and You

Your FICO score is 90% of a credit decision and can affect your ability to buy a home or be part of a new business venture.   In this program, the representatives from SCORE will teach you how to calculate your credit score and potentially fix it. They will also teach you the elements that make a good credit rating and how it affects your decisions and relates to business.

Join us on Monday, April 27 from 7:00-8:00 PM.  No registration required.

What We're Reading: February 2015

Savvy Seniors: Pass It On

The Federal Trade Commission (aka FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. They have created PASS IT ON  an FTC website containing articles, presentations, video, and activities — with information about scams and pass on some information that could help someone you know.  Health, finances, privacy are just some of the issues they focus on.  There is a link to the FTC for individuals wanting to report a scam.

What We're Reading: July 2014

The Smarter iPhone: Tips and Secrets You’re Going to Love!

Can your iPhone make you smarter and more productive, save you money, make your life easier and help you sleep better at night? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
On Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 PM, discover lesser-known features built right into your iPhone as well as several apps that can do some pretty amazing and useful things. This program is appropriate for users of the iPhone 4 or later models (running iOS 7 or 7.1) Join us for this fun and informative class and earn a Geek Out Badge!
(NOTE: Android-based phones will not be covered during the session.)

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