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How To Financially Prepare for Entrepreneurship

Everyone wants to be their own boss, make the rules, stop living under the proverbial “man,” but it can be a scary plunge to take.  Owning your own business requires financial responsibility and risk that many people aren’t willing to take on, but if you are up for the challenge and are going to chase… Read More

The Markets – March 10, 2014

  American stocks bounced last week like a skier pounding moguls on an Olympic freestyle course. Some found it difficult to understand why stocks had their best week since December of 2013. Barron’s said:  “We just can’t figure out why the markets were strong. It’s not like the news this week was terribly good. The… Read More

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Shattering the “Glass Ceiling” of Retirement

We have all heard of the “glass ceiling,” and in recent decades, society as a whole has worked toward shattering it.  Though many will argue that the ceiling is still intact, there is no question that women continue to approach it, and many have been able to break through.  Despite the focus on that effort,… Read More

Tax Organization Tips for Small Businesses

If tax season were like Christmas, you’d definitely file doing your taxes under “last-minute shopping.”  Not only is it time to prepare last year’s taxes, but it’s also important to get this year’s taxes rolling as well.  Compiling tax data last minute can be stressful and confusing.  And trying to throw together important information regarding… Read More

The Markets- February 10, 2014

  American stocks bounced last week like a skier pounding moguls on an Olympic freestyle course. Some found it difficult to understand why stocks had their best week since December of 2013. Barron’s said:  “We just can’t figure out why the markets were strong. It’s not like the news this week was terribly good. The… Read More

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The Markets- January 6, 2014

Like a half-full bottle of champagne that was left uncorked overnight, stock markets were anything but effervescent during the first few days of 2014.   On Tuesday, December 31, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) bubbled upwards, finishing 2013 at an all-time high. On Wednesday, markets were closed as Americans celebrated the New Year…. Read More

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The Markets- December 30, 2013

  Like the mother of a bride reviewing flower arrangements and fretting that a brilliantly sunny day could be marred by dark clouds hidden just beyond the horizon, pundits have been parsing the exceptional year-to-date performance of U.S. stock markets and fussing over the future.   It’s true. U.S. stock markets look like they may be… Read More

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The Markets- December 23, 2013

  To borrow a word from the legendary Gomer Pyle: G-o-l-l-y!   In 1955, just five years before The Andy Griffith Show became a big hit, William McChesney Martin, Jr., then Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, made an often-quoted speech in which he said, “The Federal Reserve, as one writer… Read More

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The Markets – December 16, 2013

  You really need to take predictions with a grain of salt. Consider these esteemed opinions:  “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, Chairman, IBM, 1943 “Who wants to hear actors talk?” H. M. Warner, Founder, Warner Brothers, 1927 “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Charles Duell,… Read More

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The Markets- December 9, 2013

  If every piece of positive news was a petal, then you might say the American economy was in bloom last week. Moving into the holiday season, consumer confidence was at a five-month high.  Early in the week, manufacturing showed improvement. On Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department unfurled the news the American economy grew faster… Read More

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