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Should you take a pension buyout?

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 […]

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

Are you a “hands-on” investor?

The investment world can be complex — so you may not want to navigate it alone. But when it comes to getting professional advice, you certainly have an abundance of choices. How can you know which approach is right for you? The answer depends, to a large extent, on how you choose to work with […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Nail Palazzo offers affordable service in elegant atmosphere

As elegant as a palace, Nail Palazzo opened in June next to Chicago Fire in Palladio at Broadstone in Folsom. Custom-designed in a contemporary style, the pale taupe, gray and black motif invites both women and men to relax and enjoy a professional manicure, pedicure or waxing. Owner Tommy Le grew up in Stockton. He […]

July 11, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Work toward your own financial Independence Day

Once again, Independence Day is here, bringing fireworks and barbecues. Of course, the 4th of July is more than hoopla — it’s a time to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. Yet, for many people, one important type of freedom — financial freedom — is still elusive. So you may want […]

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

Don’t fall victim to investment ‘biases’

If you’re like most people, you go through many complex thoughts and emotions when choosing investments. In fact, a field of study called “behavioral finance” is devoted to understanding why people make their investment decisions. As part of their work, behavioral finance researchers examine “biases” that affect people’s investment selections. And as an individual investor, […]

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

Firm offers free business makeover package to local businesses

LiftOff, a division of Sacramento-based Vision Launchers, LLC, is offering area businesses the opportunity to win a $17,000 business makeover package consisting of a custom website, photo session, video commercial, logo design, marketing consultation and social media training. “Small businesses are vital to our region. In today’s economy, we’ve spoken with a number of small […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Edward Jones named Firm of the Year

Financial services firm Edward Jones was named the Advisory Solutions Firm of the Year by the Money Management Institute as the firm that most exemplified overall excellence and contributed to the long-term success and sustainability of the wealth management industry, according to John Zezini, a Financial Advisor in El Dorado Hills. “I feel extremely fortunate to be […]

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