Financial Focus: Guard against identity theft and protect your finances

In 2015 alone more than 13 million Americans were victimized by identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. What can you do to guard your identity and protect yourself from potential financial losses? Here are some ideas to consider: Review your statements. Closely review the monthly statements from your checking and other financial […]

October 04, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: Vote for smart investment moves

The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the outcome? Probably not as much as you might think. Historically, the financial markets […]

September 06, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: Investing: a marathon, not a sprint

Next week, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life – and it certainly has […]

August 02, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

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

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, […]

July 05, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 03, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

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

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 […]

May 03, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

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, […]

April 05, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,