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Raise your ‘awareness’ of benefits of life insurance

You may be unaware of it, but September was Life Insurance Awareness Month. And when you consider the lifetime of benefits you and your family may receive from life insurance, you might agree that a month isn’t too long to spend on this important part of your overall financial picture. Unfortunately, too many Americans are […]

Comments Off / October 31, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Should you prepare for ‘fiscal cliff’?

As an investor, you can sometimes still feel you’re at the mercy of forces beyond your control. This may be especially true today, when the Federal Reserve has warned of an approaching “fiscal cliff.” What can you do in the face of such a dire prediction? First of all, you need to understand what led […]

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

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 / August 28, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Are you a “hands-on” investor?

Iain Marshall

The investment world can be complex — so you may not want to navigate it alone. But when it comes to getting professional advice, you certainly have an abundance of choices. How can you know which approach is right for you? The answer depends, to a large extent, on how you choose to work with […]

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

Don’t fall victim to investment ‘biases’

Iain Marshall

If you’re like most people, you go through many complex thoughts and emotions when choosing investments. In fact, a field of study called “behavioral finance” is devoted to understanding why people make their investment decisions. As part of their work, behavioral finance researchers examine “biases” that affect people’s investment selections. And as an individual investor, […]

Comments Off / June 26, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns,Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Automatic investing can pay off for you

Iain Marshall

To achieve investment success, you don’t have to start out with a huge sum or “get lucky” by picking “hot” stocks. In fact, very few people actually travel those two routes. But in working toward your investment goals, you need to be persistent — and one of the best ways to demonstrate that persistence is […]

Comments Off / May 29, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns,Cameron Park Life | Read More »

This Mother’s Day, think of lifetime financial moves to help kids

Iain Marshall

If you’re a mother, you’ll probably get some nice cards and flowers on Mother’s Day. But of course, your greatest gifts are your children themselves. And since you want to see them happy and financially secure, perhaps you can use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to consider ways to help your children at various […]

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