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Women may face extra challenges in seeking financial security

On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day. On this occasion, thousands of events across the world will honor the cultural, political and social achievements of women. Of course, in many countries, women still face significant economic challenges. And even here in the United States, women encounter more obstacles than men in the pursuit of […]

March 03, 2015 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

What does 2015 hold in store for investors?

If you’re an investor, you probably had a pretty good year in 2014. But what’s in store for 2015? It’s essentially impossible to make precise predictions about the performance of the financial markets — but it is possible to identify those economic conditions and market forces that may help shape outcomes in the investment world […]

February 03, 2015 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Seek to balance ‘risk tolerance’ and ‘required risk’

Like everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest — and when you invest, you’ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and the better you are at managing it, the greater your potential for staying invested for the long term. […]

January 06, 2015 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Check out this year-end financial checklist

As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year moves that can close out 2014 on a […]

December 02, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: When is it time to make portfolio changes?

The kids are back at school and summer vacations are now just fading memories, so it must be autumn. But the seasons don’t just move on the calendar — they also change in your life. And, speaking of changes, you’ll have to make many of them as you move through the years — and that […]

November 04, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Financial focus: Could you afford to live to 100?

Here’s an interesting statistic: Over the past three decades, the centenarian population in the United States has grown about 66 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a good chance of living to 100 — but the possibility may not be as remote as it once was. […]

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

Financial focus: Work to become a better investor

On Sept. 1, we observe Labor Day — a celebration of the American worker. Of course, you work hard at your own job, but, when you think of it, every worthwhile endeavor in life requires significant effort — and that’s certainly the case with investing. The harder you work at it, the more likely you […]

September 02, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,
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