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What does 2015 hold in store for investors?

Iain Marshall

If you’re an investor, you probably had a pretty good year in 2014. But what’s in store for 2015? It’s essentially impossible to make precise predictions about the performance of the financial markets — but it is possible to identify those economic conditions and market forces that may help shape outcomes in the investment world […]

Comments Off / January 28, 2015 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Seek to balance ‘risk tolerance’ and ‘required risk’

Iain Marshall

Like everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest — and when you invest, you’ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and the better you are at managing it, the greater your potential for staying invested for the long term. […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Check out this year-end financial checklist

As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year moves that can close out 2014 on a […]

Comments Off / November 25, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial Focus: When is it time to make portfolio changes?

Iain Marshall

The kids are back at school and summer vacations are now just fading memories, so it must be autumn. But the seasons don’t just move on the calendar — they also change in your life. And, speaking of changes, you’ll have to make many of them as you move through the years — and that […]

Comments Off / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Could you afford to live to 100?

Iain Marshall

Here’s an interesting statistic: Over the past three decades, the centenarian population in the United States has grown about 66 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a good chance of living to 100 — but the possibility may not be as remote as it once was. […]

Comments Off / September 24, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Work to become a better investor

On Sept. 1, we observe Labor Day — a celebration of the American worker. Of course, you work hard at your own job, but, when you think of it, every worthwhile endeavor in life requires significant effort — and that’s certainly the case with investing. The harder you work at it, the more likely you […]

Comments Off / August 31, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

Iain Marshall

It probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings — typically, three to six months’ worth of living expenses — should you pay off debts, or fund your IRA […]

Comments Off / July 29, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns,Cameron Park Life | Read More »