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Explore new opportunities during open enrollment

If you work for a medium-size or large organization, you may well be entering that time of year known as Open Enrollment. While it may not be as dramatic as the “other” election that’s arriving in a few weeks, Open Enrollment will provide you with some choices that can have a big impact on your […]

October 17, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

October 02, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Raise your “awareness” of benefits of life insurance

You may be unaware of it, but September is 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 […]

September 15, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Should you take a pension buyout?

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 […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Consider these financial gifts for your grandchildren

National Grandparents Day is celebrated on Sept. 9. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you already know the pleasures of having grandchildren in your life. So you may want to take this occasion to think of ways you can help those grandchildren get the most out of their lives. Perhaps the most valuable thing you could […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Roth IRA: For your retirement … and beyond

If you’re somewhat familiar with investing, you may know that the Roth IRA is a great retirement-savings vehicle. But are you aware that some of its benefits can also pay off for the next generation of your family? To understand why this is so, it’s necessary to be familiar with a Roth IRA’s features. For […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Are you a “hands-on” investor?

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 […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,
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