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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 »

Archer’s Butcher Block cuts meat the old-fashioned way

Archer's Butcher Block employee Brandi Wright and the rest of the crew serve up quality meat. Photo by Roberta Long

Archer’s Butcher Block developed a loyal clientele before the store opened at 5425 Mother Lode Drive three years ago. Gary Grover is a custom meat cutter, a butcher of the old-fashioned type. It’s a trade that is not taught much these days, but Grover learned from his wife’s father, Max Archer, who was a third-generation […]

No Comment / June 23, 2013 | Posted in Business | 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 »

Be aware of the need for disability insurance

John Zezini

It probably doesn’t show up on your calendar, but May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month. And you might agree that such a month is useful, when consider the following: • Three in 10 workers entering the workforce today will become disabled before retiring, according to the Social Security Administration. • At age 42, you are […]

No Comment / April 25, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Should you take a pension buyout?

Iain Marshall

Have you recently received a pension buyout offer? If so, you need to decide if you should take the buyout, which could provide you with a potentially large lump sum, or continue accepting your regular pension payments for the rest of your life. It’s a big decision. Clearly, there’s no “one size fits all” answer […]

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

Financial Focus: Help Yourself Reduce Investment Stress

John Zezini

You probably aren’t too worried about it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Each year, the Health Resource Network sponsors this “month” to inform people about the dangers of stress and to share successful coping strategies. Obviously, it’s important to reduce stress in all walks of life — including your investment activities. How can you […]

No Comment / April 04, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »