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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 »

Plan for the expected — but prepare for the unexpected

Iain Marshall

To enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you’ll need to have adequate financial resources in place. And that means you must plan for the expected — but prepare for the unexpected. In planning for the “expected” aspects of your retirement, consider these factors: Your vision of your retirement lifestyle — What do you want to do […]

No Comment / September 27, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Women business owners need retirement plans

John Zezini

If you’re a woman who owns a business, you’ve got plenty of company. In fact, women own more than 10 million U.S. companies, and women-owned businesses account for about 40 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S., according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. Clearly, the good news is that women like […]

No Comment / September 14, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Grandparents may need to balance gifts and goals

John Zezini

Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 11 this year. While not as widely observed as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Grandparents Day nonetheless serves a valuable purpose in reminding us of the importance of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you already know the joy your grandchildren bring you, and […]

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

Montessori Manor prepares children for lifelong learning

IN A CLASSROOM WITH NO DESKS — Montessori Manor children learn using all their senses. Left to right: Anders Dieter, 5, matches geometric forms; Montessori Manor Director "Miss Leslie" Dillon sits with Austin Miller, 5, as he separates the counting sticks into spaces in a tray; Ryan Vasconcellos, 5, and Silje Dieter, 5, learn geography with map puzzles. Photo by Roberta Long

For 20 years “Miss Leslie” Dillon has been providing Montessori education for children ages 2-1/2 to 6 in a quiet corner of El Dorado Hills. Dillon grew up in Menlo Park with a dream to someday become an elementary teacher. She followed her dream to San Diego State University, where she earned a degree in […]

No Comment / August 15, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns,News | Read More »

Fear of losses may lead to negative investment behavior

Iain Marshall

Like every other investor, you prefer not to see the value of your investments drop. But at some point they will fall simply because of the ups and downs of the market. And how you respond to short-term losses can help determine if you enjoy long-term investment success. Investors’ feelings about losses can be complex. […]

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

Like the weather, hot investment can cool off

Iain Marshall

We’re in the “Dog Days” of summer — traditionally the hottest, steamiest time of year. But in a few weeks, the temperatures will begin to cool down. Nature isn’t alone in this heating-and-cooling pattern;  you can also find evidence of it in the investment world. To be specific, today’s “hot” investments can lose their sizzle […]

No Comment / July 18, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »