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Vacation, Retirement: Different Goals Require Different Investment Strategies

Submitted by Kelly Stankewitz To achieve any of your financial objectives, you need to save and invest—that much is clear. But just how you save and invest may differ from goal to goal. Let’s look at two common goals to see the differences in your savings and investment strategies. The first goal we’ll consider is […]

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Guest Editorial: Sequoia Gateway Is an Environmental Plus

By Fred Ruiz and Bill Travis Sequoia Gateway, the project proposed for the southeast corner of Caldwell Avenue and Highway 99, has been blessed by the Tulare County Planning Commission and approved by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. Many were singing the praises of the proposed tenants in the project, including new hotels, restaurants […]

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Business Cents: Rough Consequences of Not Saving for Retirement

Provided By Garrett German Saving for retirement may seem a thankless task. But you may be thanking yourself later. Putting away a percentage of one’s income, money that could be used for any number of bills or luxuries, is a sacrifice made in the present in order to avoid a larger trouble down the road. […]

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Business Cents: What Could You Do With Your Tax Refund?

Provided by Garrett German About 70% of taxpayers receive sizable refunds from the Internal Revenue Service. Just how sizable? The average refund totals about $2,800. What do households do with that money? It varies. Last year, consumer financial services company Bankrate asked Americans about their plans for their federal tax refunds. Thirty-one percent of the […]

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Business Cents: What You Can/Cannot Control as You Plan for Retirement

Provided by Garrett German Are you worried about retiring? Many baby boomers are, and they have reason to be, given low interest rates, subpar returns on equities, increasing health care costs, and the issues facing Social Security. Now, do yourself a favor. Read that last sentence again, and ask yourself, “which of those four things […]

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Life Insurance Is Probably Cheaper Than You Think

Provided by Garrett German According to a new study, 41% of Americans lack life insurance coverage. The 2017 Insurance Barometer Study, conducted by the nonprofit organizations LIMRA and Life Happens, also discovered that while 84% of Americans felt life insurance was appropriate for most people, just 70% thought it was a good idea for them. […]

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Avoid These Life Insurance Missteps

Provided by Garrett German Are you about to buy life insurance? Shop carefully. Make your choice with insight from an insurance professional, as it may help you avoid some of these all-too-common missteps. Buying the first policy you see. Anyone interested in life insurance should take the time to compare a few plans – not […]

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2018 Retirement Account Limits

Provided by Garrett German In 2018, you have another chance to max out your retirement accounts. Here is a rundown of yearly contribution limits for the popular retirement savings vehicles.  IRAs. The 2018 limits are the same as in 2016: $5,500 for IRA owners who will be 49 and younger this year and $6,500 for […]

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Business Cents: The Sequence of Returns

Provided by Garrett German What exactly is the “sequence of returns”? The phrase simply describes the yearly variation in an investment portfolio’s rate of return. Across 20 or 30 years of saving and investing for the future, what kind of impact do these deviations from the average return have on a portfolio’s final value?  The […]

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