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Put time — and tax-advantaged investments — on your side

John Zezini

If you’re relatively young, and you’ve been investing only a few years, you possess an asset that is invaluable and cannot be replaced: time. And the more time you spend contributing to tax-advantaged investments, the better off you may be. As an investor, time is your ally for two reasons. First, the more time you […]

No Comment / March 29, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

A taste of history is closer than you think

The Diamond Springs hotel offers good eats and good haunts. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The Diamond Springs Hotel describes itself as “Old Fashioned Country Cooking.” I can assure you it is much more than that. With that old-fashioned country cooking is a varied and exciting history unique in El Dorado County. To put it bluntly, the place is haunted. But before I get to that, let’s talk about the […]

No Comment / March 23, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Energy efficiency biz comes to EDH

Dave Sipes, Bob Wellman and Allan Priest want to help you make your home more energy efficient. They recently opened EnergyWise Solutions Inc. in El Dorado Hills and Sacramento. Courtesy photo

EnergyWise Solutions Inc. announces the formal opening of its offices in Sacramento and El Dorado Hills. Formed by a trio of professionals from El Dorado Hills, Dave Sipes (GC), Allan Priest (REM) and Robert Wellman (MBA), EnergyWise Solutions is a residential energy assessment and retrofit firm. “We know energy costs will continue to rise over […]

No Comment / March 21, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Financial focus: Early IRA funding can pay off over time

You’ve got until April 17 to contribute to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for the 2011 tax year. That’s not a lot of time, but if you have some money available, and you haven’t completely funded your IRA for 2011, consider doing so before the deadline. And once you’ve “maxed out” on your IRA for […]

No Comment / March 20, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Maxed out on your IRA and 401(K)? What’s the next step?

If you are contributing the maximum amount to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan each year, that’s good. And if you’re also “maxing out” on your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) annually, that’s even better. But what then? If you’re already fully funding your 401(k) and IRA, can you put away even more for retirement? […]

No Comment / March 18, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Button UP brings fashion to Palladio

Robin Bernardoni, right, owner of Button UP women's clothing boutique in Palladio and Runway Boutique in El Dorado Hills, and Lindsay Moore, manager of the stores wear blouses from Fifteen Twenty in a spring blue inspired by the sea. Button UP's grand opening will be held from noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Photo by Roberta Long

Living in El Dorado Hills, Robin Bernardoni saw an opportunity for a unique specialized women’s clothing store in the area. “Most of the women’s clothing was sold through chains or department stores, and people were driving to San Francisco for prom dresses,” she said. Robin’s desire to open a women’s clothing boutique dovetailed nicely with […]

2 Comments / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Become familiar with these five key areas

Iain Marshall

As an investor, what are your goals? You can probably think of quite a few — but over the course of your lifetime, your objectives typically will fall into five key categories. And once you’re familiar with these areas, you can start thinking of what they’ll mean to you in terms of your financial and […]

No Comment / February 16, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »