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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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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. […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / August 15, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns,News | Read More »