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How can younger investors cope with tough times?

As Americans, we’re used to thinking that we will inevitably do better than our parents’ generation. But, for now at least, this type of progress may be facing some roadblocks — and this inability to gain ground, financially, can have real implications for today’s younger people and their approach to investing. Before we get to […]

Comments Off / July 30, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Look beyond U.S. borders for investment opportunities

Iain Marshall

Are you traveling abroad this summer? If so, you won’t be alone. Increasingly, Americans seem to have gotten the “travel bug.” In fact, a record number of us — well over one-third of the population — now hold valid passports, according to the U.S. Department of State. Of course, seeing the world can help broaden […]

Comments Off / June 26, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Is your portfolio truly diversified?

Iain Marshall

Life is full of ups and downs — and the financial markets are no different. As an investor, you’re no doubt happy to see the “ups” — but the “downs” can seem like a real downer. Isn’t there any way to help smooth out the volatility in your investment portfolio? First of all, to cope […]

Comments Off / May 30, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Should you take a pension buyout?

Iain Marshall

Have you recently received a pension buyout offer? If so, you need to decide if you should take the buyout, which could provide you with a potentially large lump sum, or continue accepting your regular pension payments for the rest of your life. It’s a big decision. Clearly, there’s no “one size fits all” answer […]

Comments Off / April 21, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Time for Gen-Xers to put IRAs to work

Iain Marshall

If you’re a “Gen-Xer,” born between 1965 and 1980, you’ve still got many years to go until you retire. At this stage of your life, what can you do to help build resources for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned? Besides having time on your side, you’ve got another key advantage in saving for retirement — […]

Comments Off / March 05, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Avoid becoming a ‘Groundhog Day’ investor

Groundhog Day has just passed. For most of its history — which, according to some reports, dates back to the first celebration in 1886 or 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pa. — Groundhog Day held little significance for most Americans. But that changed in 1993 with the release of the movie “Groundhog Day,” in which a semi-embittered meteorologist, […]

Comments Off / January 23, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns,Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Five reasons not to be a “Do-It-Yourself” investor

Iain Marshall

These days, you can go online and invest, for modest fees. You can also visit various websites for research and watch numerous cable shows for investment recommendations. So, why shouldn’t you be a “do-it-yourself” investor rather than work with a financial professional? Actually, there are at least five good reasons why a financial advisor can […]

Comments Off / December 26, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »