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Check out this year-end financial checklist

As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year moves that can close out 2014 on a […]

December 02, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: When is it time to make portfolio changes?

The kids are back at school and summer vacations are now just fading memories, so it must be autumn. But the seasons don’t just move on the calendar — they also change in your life. And, speaking of changes, you’ll have to make many of them as you move through the years — and that […]

November 04, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial focus: Could you afford to live to 100?

Here’s an interesting statistic: Over the past three decades, the centenarian population in the United States has grown about 66 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a good chance of living to 100 — but the possibility may not be as remote as it once was. […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial focus: Work to become a better investor

On Sept. 1, we observe Labor Day — a celebration of the American worker. Of course, you work hard at your own job, but, when you think of it, every worthwhile endeavor in life requires significant effort — and that’s certainly the case with investing. The harder you work at it, the more likely you […]

September 02, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

It probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings — typically, three to six months’ worth of living expenses — should you pay off debts, or fund your IRA […]

August 05, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial focus: Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

In many areas of your life, you’re probably aware that it’s useful to keep emotions out of your decision-making — and that’s certainly the case with investing. However, it can be difficult to keep your feelings from influencing your investment decisions. But you may find it easier to invest with your head, rather than your […]

July 01, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Conversation about finances is important for newlyweds

If you’re getting married, you no doubt have many exciting details to discuss with your spouse-to-be. But after you get back from the honeymoon, you’ll want to have another discussion — about your finances. It might not sound glamorous, but couples who quickly “get on the same page” regarding their financial situation are actually taking […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,
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