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Energy efficiency biz comes to EDH

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 […]

April 11, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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 […]

April 03, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

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? […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Button UP brings fashion to Palladio

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 […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Become familiar with these five key areas

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 […]

March 06, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial focus: Put power of tax deferral to work

As an investor you may sometimes feel frustrated. After all, your portfolio seems to be at the mercy of the financial markets, whose volatility is beyond anyone’s control. Yet you can control the quality of the investments you own and the diversification of those investments to improve your chances of attaining your long-term financial goals. […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t play politics with your investment decisions

While the election season heats up, you will hear more and more promises, claims and counter-claims from the candidates. As a citizen, you may or may not enjoy this “political theater,” but as an investor, you might be concerned over all the talk about taxes, Social Security, Medicare and other financial topics. Will you need […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,
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