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4 tips for understanding mutual fund expenses

OKLAHOMA CITY - U.S. investors have close to $12 trillion socked away in mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute. About 44 percent of U.S. households—or roughly 90 million investors—have a mutual fund investment.

Despite a surge of withdrawals during the height of past market uncertainties, mutual funds clearly still remain a popular investment option for many people. If you are selecting a fund, it’s important to understand the costs of investing, which may not always be immediately apparent. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants provides these tips for making sense of the price of your mutual fund investments.

Wed
12
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Governor Mary Fallin Seeks Assistance for May Tornadoes, Flooding and Severe Storms

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the state of Oklahoma has requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government for 16 counties impacted by severe weather that occurred May 16-20.

If approved, the designation would deliver federal funding to assist municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives with infrastructure repairs, debris removal, and costs associated with responding to the storm.

 

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Wed
12
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For the Children: Police Athletic League Helping to Make Healthier, Stronger Communities

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

I had the great pleasure of speaking to several young Oklahomans on Monday who are participants in the Norman Police Athletic League (PAL) summer camp. I was asked to address them about activism and how young people can get involved in not only public service, but also how they can make a difference in their communities, their state and our nation.

Too often, young people feel their ideas are disregarded because of their age. I assured them that most elected officials do indeed value the input of their constituents but those citizens need to present thoughtful ideas backed up with facts, not just angry or emotional appeals.

 

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07
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Budget Challenges

Well, the House reached a budget agreement the last day of the legislative session, which was then approved by the state Senate and signed by the governor, but it’s already being challenged left and right in the state Supreme Court.

The first bill to face a lawsuit was the Smoking Cessation Act of 2017. This act would put a $1.50 “fee” on a pack of cigarettes. Previous bills would have “taxed” a package of cigarettes by that exact amount. Those bills failed to receive the three-fourths majority vote needed to pass in both chambers of the Legislature. The bill that did pass was different than previous versions in that it would have directed more of the fee to education programs aimed at getting people to quit or never start smoking, but that didn’t stop several large tobacco companies and others from filing a lawsuit against it.

 

Wed
28
Jun
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For the Children:Youth Programs Can Lead to Future Careers

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

I had the great pleasure last week of visiting a summer youth program at Bridgestone Intermediate School in western Oklahoma City. This group of about thirty students in the 5th and 6th grade was a joy to meet with, and many of them were already expressing an interest in politics. They asked me to share my story with them: how I became a state legislator, a gubernatorial candidate and now the director of OICA. As I related that story, I realized that many of my lifelong passions developed when I was only slightly older than them.

 

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Wed
21
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The US is a Leader in Veterans Funding

By: Tom Cole

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has consistently vowed to rebuild our national defense and to improve the services we render to our veterans. Last week, the House of Representatives took the first step for helping the president make good on that promise. When it comes to funding veterans’ programs, our nation spends more on veterans than any other country in the world. Each year, Congress is responsible for maintaining that funding, and just this past week, the bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military construction was introduced in the House. It includes funding for VA health programs, oversight measures, facility development and construction, as well as funding for the numerous military construction projects across the country.

 

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Wed
21
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For the Children:Three Important Advocacy Events

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

Our group is called the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and we take that last word in our name very seriously. If it were not for the citizen-led organizations demanding more for our society and working to help certain segments have better opportunities, we would see fewer folks of all ages have a chance to achieve the American dream.

OICA often partners with other foundations, organizations and nonprofits to help their efforts, as the rising tide truly does lift all ships in the effort for prosperity. If more organizations worked together, not just on idealistic goals, but also in achieving workable collaborations, far more people would see the benefit of that work.

 

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Wed
14
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Oklahoma State Senate

by State Senator Chris Kidd 

June 12, 2017

In my previous column, I discussed the FY18 budget. While the budget was the major focus of the 2017 session, the senate achieved significant policy goals across a wide variety of areas. The REAL ID bill was the first one signed into law bringing Oklahoma into compliance with the federal REAL ID law and ensuring Oklahomans can use their state-issued IDs to enter federal buildings and fly.

We approved the Energy Jobs Act of 2017, which was one of the most significant job-creating bills of the year. The regulatory change is estimated to generate $18 million in new revenue for the state. The oil and gas industry predicts that it will generate approximately $490 million in new royalty payments and $229 million in new state and local revenues. They also say it will create 6,000 new jobs in the energy sector and lead to $6 billion in investment from major oil and gas companies.

Wed
14
Jun
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After Paris Climate Agreement, America Will Continue To Lead

by Congressman Tom Cole 

President Trump has come under fire recently because of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. I believe he was right to do so. The agreement would have damaged the U.S. economy, eliminated millions of jobs, and drastically increased the cost of energy for American consumers. It also would have required the United States to shoulder the costs in a manner far disproportionate to the amount of greenhouse gasses we produce. Perhaps most importantly, the Paris Agreement was a treaty that should have been subjected to Senate ratification, yet former President Obama simply signed the agreement. More than likely because he knew that it could never pass the Senate, which the Republican Party controlled at the time.

Wed
07
Jun
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For the Children: Interim Studies Offer Opportunities for Lawmakers and Constituents

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

With the regular session now over at the Oklahoma State Capitol, legislators have transitioned back to their districts full-time. Many senators and representatives are scheduling town halls to discuss what occurred or attending community events to share stories about what to expect going forward. I highly encourage you to attend at least one function where your legislators are speaking so you can hear from them and have the chance to ask questions regarding issues important to you.

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