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Financial focus: Charitable giving helps everyone

John Zezini

To participate in the spirit of the holiday season, you may be thinking of making some charitable gifts. If so, you’ll no doubt enjoy helping a group that does valuable work. But to begin with, it’s important to understand just how necessary your gifts are to the country’s social fabric. Given the effects of the […]

No Comment / December 09, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Manage your money carefully this holiday season

Iain Marshall

As you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory — and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, you’ll find these things even more pleasurable if they don’t add a lot more weight to your debt load. And that’s why you’ll want to follow […]

No Comment / November 30, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Five good reasons to create an investment strategy

John Zezini

Some people buy investments here and there, now and then. Others open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), put some money in it, and then forget about it. But this type of haphazard investment behavior can lead to haphazard results. On the other hand, you’ve got five good reasons for creating and following a comprehensive, long-term […]

No Comment / November 10, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Improve your financial picture during “open enrollment”

John Zezini

Late fall marks the beginning of the holiday season, which probably means that you’ll have a lot going on over the next couple of months. However, busy as you are, you’ll want to take the time to review your employee benefits package, since November also is a popular month for employers to offer open enrollment. […]

No Comment / November 02, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Do men and women invest differently?

John Zezini

Several years ago, a book titled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” was quite popular. As the title suggests, the book argues that men and women are vastly different from each other, particularly in their emotional needs and in the way they communicate. While not everyone agrees with the notion that men and […]

No Comment / October 12, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

When investing, “face to face” beats fingers on a keyboard

Iain Marshall

These days, you can purchase just about anything you want on the Internet. However, you can still benefit from a human, face-to-face experience for some purchases — such as your investments. And that’s why you may want to work with a financial professional. Unlike a computer interface, a financial professional will take the time to […]

No Comment / October 06, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Organizing your finances can pay off … in many ways

John Zezini

A few years ago the National Association of Professional Organizers designated the first week of October as Get Organized Week. And while you may have misplaced your notification of this event, it’s nonetheless a good time to see just how organized you are in the important areas of your life — such as your finances. […]

No Comment / September 28, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »