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This Mother’s Day, think of lifetime financial moves to help kids

If you’re a mother, you’ll probably get some nice cards and flowers on Mother’s Day. But of course, your greatest gifts are your children themselves. And since you want to see them happy and financially secure, perhaps you can use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to consider ways to help your children at various […]

May 01, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial focus: What should you do with a 401(k) when leaving a job?

In the past, many people stayed at one job, or at least one company, for almost their entire working lives. When they retired, they could typically count on a pension, the value of which was based on their years of service and earnings. But today, workers can expect to hold several different jobs in their […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Even with low rates, you can invest for income

Not long ago the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that it plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero until late 2014. The Fed initially pushed rates to that level in 2008, in an effort to stimulate economic growth. Clearly, low interest rates have a wide-ranging impact — but what effect will they have on you, […]

April 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Protelo business software provider opens in Palladio

Christer Johansson, president of Protelo, opened offices in Palladio in early March. Johansson came from Sweden, where he was a programmer, to work for a software company in Folsom in 1991. In 2008 he went on his own with a consulting company, Protelo, located on Blue Ravine Road. His focus was on helping companies improve […]

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Folsom Chamber of Commerce presents annual awards

Eric Hanson, Graphics Initiative manager at Intel, wound up his year as chairman of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce board of directors and welcomed the 2012-13 leader, Robert Flautt, president of Folsom Lake Bank, at the chamber luncheon March 29 at Lake Natoma Inn. Rebecca Moirao, owner of RelyLocal.com, and Folsom’s Leading Young Professionals 2012-13 […]

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

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 […]

April 04, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

A taste of history is closer than you think

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 […]

March 28, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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