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Financial Focus: Don’t keep family in the dark about your plans

Iain Marshall

You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies — you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future — because the more they know, […]

No Comment / July 05, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial Focus: Give your children the gift of (financial) knowledge

It’s almost Father’s Day. If you’re a dad with young children, you can expect some nice homemade cards and maybe even a baseball cap. But, of course, your greatest reward is spending time with your kids and watching them grow. In return, you can give them a gift – the gift of knowledge. Specifically, in […]

Comments Off / June 03, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

California Stage premieres new play by Leslie Lewinter-Suskind

Marion Jeffery plays Susan in California Stage's premiere of Leslie Lewinter-Suskind's "A Revolutionary Mind," opening June 17. Photo by Barry Wisdom

From acclaimed author of last season’s smash hit “Italian Opera” Leslie Lewinter-Suskind comes something completely different. Running June 17 through July 17, California Stage Theatre Company will premiere her new play, “A Revolutionary Mind” under the direction of Ray Tatar, producing artistic director. “A Revolutionary Mind” follows rabid activist turned housewife Susan down the rabbit hole when her daughter, […]

Comments Off / May 28, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns,Entertainment | Read More »

Financial Focus: What can golf teach you about retirement planning?

Iain Marshall

If you’re a golfer, you know the joys (and occasional frustrations) of the game. But you might not realize that some of the lessons you learn on the links can carry over to other areas of your life – such as retirement planning. So whether you’re already retired or are planning to retire in the […]

Comments Off / May 01, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial Focus: Avoid problems by updating beneficiary designations

Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where you want them to go. And it’s just as important to regularly review your plans with your tax, legal and financial professionals in case any changes are needed. For instance, […]

Comments Off / April 05, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial Focus: How should you respond to ‘market correction?’

Iain Marshall

As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correction.” But what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean to you? A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10 percent from its previous high. A correction, by definition, is short-term in nature and […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: What expenses will you incur when investing?

Iain Marshall

You invest so that you can achieve a variety of goals, such as a secure retirement. It’s inevitable, though, that you will incur some costs when investing, ranging from payments to a financial professional to costs of educational materials. So it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these expenses. If you work with a […]

Comments Off / January 27, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »