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Iain Marshall

Financial Focus: Financial resolutions for the new year

About 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isn’t such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning […]

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

Assumptions can be dangerous to investors

Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring […]

December 03, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t get frightened by these scary investment ideas

Halloween has just passed. Of course, whether you’re navigating the dark corridors of a “haunted house” or just dealing with the “creepy” characters coming to your door demanding candy, you’re probably not too fearful of the sights of the season. But as you go through life, you’ll want to avoid some things that really are […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

What’s your retirement “contingency plan?”

You probably have thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But all your plans probably depend, to at least some extent, on your financial situation. What happens if you reach the age at which you wish to retire and you just don’t have the money you thought you’d have? If this […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

What do new investors really need to know?

If you’re starting out as an investor, you might be feeling overwhelmed. After all, it seems like there’s just so much to know. How can you get enough of a handle on basic investment concepts so that you’re comfortable in making well-informed choices? Actually, you can get a good grip on the investment process by […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

How can younger investors cope with tough times?

As Americans, we’re used to thinking that we will inevitably do better than our parents’ generation. But, for now at least, this type of progress may be facing some roadblocks — and this inability to gain ground, financially, can have real implications for today’s younger people and their approach to investing. Before we get to […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Look beyond U.S. borders for investment opportunities

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 […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,
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