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Financial Focus: Give your investment portfolio a ‘spring cleaning’

Now that spring has officially sprung, you might look around your home and decide it’s time for some sprucing up. But you don’t have to confine your efforts to your house and yard — you can also engage in a little “spring cleaning” in your investment portfolio. Here are a few suggestions for doing just that: […]

Financial Focus: Five reasons not to be a “do-it-yourself” investor

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 […]

March 07, 2017 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way — but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in […]

February 07, 2017 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial focus: Investment tips for millennials

If you are a millennial — a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s — then you’re still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end of it. But since you do have so many years until you […]

January 03, 2017 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: Time for a year-end investment review

With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial goals. So, as […]

December 06, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: Everyone benefits when you make charitable gifts

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also […]

November 01, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: Guard against identity theft and protect your finances

In 2015 alone more than 13 million Americans were victimized by identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. What can you do to guard your identity and protect yourself from potential financial losses? Here are some ideas to consider: Review your statements. Closely review the monthly statements from your checking and other financial […]

October 04, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,
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