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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 »

Should you prepare for the “fiscal cliff”?

Iain Marshall

As an investor, you can sometimes feel you’re at the mercy of forces beyond your control. This may be especially true today, when the entire country appears to be on edge about the approaching “fiscal cliff.” What can you do in the face of such a dire prediction? First of all, you’ll need to understand […]

Comments Off / November 27, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

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 »