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Financial focus: Gen X’ers must juggle a variety of financial issues

If you’re part of “Generation X” — the age cohort born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s — you’re probably in one of the busiest phases of your life, as you’re well into your working years and, at the same time, busy raising a family. But just as you’re “multi-tasking” in your life, you’ll […]

May 30, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

Togs for Dogs has everything a pet could dream of

Leaving the house can pull on your heart-strings when your dog wistfully looks up with those irresistible eyes that beg, “Please ….” Now you can have “mommy & me time” with your pooch at El Dorado Hills’ newest pet club — Togs for Dogs and Cats Too! “This is not just a place where people […]

May 23, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

529 plan can help with college funding and estate-planning considerations

Now that another school year is drawing to a close, your young children are a step closer to the day when they’ll be heading off to college. Of course, as you’re probably aware, higher education doesn’t come cheap — and the costs seem to continuously climb. You can help your children — or even your […]

May 23, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,

This Mother’s Day, think of lifetime financial moves to help kids

If you’re a mother, you’ll probably get some nice cards and flowers on Mother’s Day. But of course, your greatest gifts are your children themselves. And since you want to see them happy and financially secure, perhaps you can use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to consider ways to help your children at various […]

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

Financial focus: What should you do with a 401(k) when leaving a job?

In the past, many people stayed at one job, or at least one company, for almost their entire working lives. When they retired, they could typically count on a pension, the value of which was based on their years of service and earnings. But today, workers can expect to hold several different jobs in their […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Even with low rates, you can invest for income

Not long ago the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that it plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero until late 2014. The Fed initially pushed rates to that level in 2008, in an effort to stimulate economic growth. Clearly, low interest rates have a wide-ranging impact — but what effect will they have on you, […]

April 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Protelo business software provider opens in Palladio

Christer Johansson, president of Protelo, opened offices in Palladio in early March. Johansson came from Sweden, where he was a programmer, to work for a software company in Folsom in 1991. In 2008 he went on his own with a consulting company, Protelo, located on Blue Ravine Road. His focus was on helping companies improve […]

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