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Can “excess” retirement dollars help your grandchildren?

John Zezini

National Grandparents Day is observed on Sept. 8. And although this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it does remind us of the importance of grandparents. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you may be thinking of ways to help your grandchildren on their journey through life. One of the […]

No Comment / August 22, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Can you benefit from municipal bonds?

John Zezini

Over the past couple of years, the economic picture has brightened for many cities and states — but some of them are still facing potential financial problems. As a citizen, you may well have concerns about these issues. And as an investor, these financial woes may affect your thinking about one particular type of investment […]

No Comment / August 06, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

How can younger investors cope with tough times?

As Americans, we’re used to thinking that we will inevitably do better than our parents’ generation. But, for now at least, this type of progress may be facing some roadblocks — and this inability to gain ground, financially, can have real implications for today’s younger people and their approach to investing. Before we get to […]

No Comment / July 30, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: What can All-Stars teach investors?

John Zezini

Recently Major League Baseball’s All-Star game was played at Citi Field in New York. If you’re a baseball fan, you enjoy the annual gathering of the sport’s best players. And if you’re an investor, you may be able to take away some valuable lessons from the All-Stars — lessons that can prove valuable to you […]

No Comment / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Plan ahead for your own Independence Day

John Zezini

This week, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, sparklers, picnics and parades. Amidst the hoopla, though, it’s always important to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. And as an individual, you may want to use the occasion to think of another type of independence you’d like to enjoy — financial independence. […]

No Comment / June 30, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Look beyond U.S. borders for investment opportunities

Iain Marshall

Are you traveling abroad this summer? If so, you won’t be alone. Increasingly, Americans seem to have gotten the “travel bug.” In fact, a record number of us — well over one-third of the population — now hold valid passports, according to the U.S. Department of State. Of course, seeing the world can help broaden […]

No Comment / June 26, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Is your portfolio truly diversified?

Iain Marshall

Life is full of ups and downs — and the financial markets are no different. As an investor, you’re no doubt happy to see the “ups” — but the “downs” can seem like a real downer. Isn’t there any way to help smooth out the volatility in your investment portfolio? First of all, to cope […]

No Comment / May 30, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »