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Oscar Dominguez: How new credit-card rules will affect everyone

Effective February 1, 2010, Santa Clarita Valley residents will be among the millions of credit-card users nationwide to experience extensive credit-card reforms featured in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, recently signed into law by President Barack Obama.

June 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jerry Kessler: Guardians: Who will have custody of the kids?

One of the most difficult questions facing people who need a will or trust is, "Who will take charge of our minor child if something happens to me and my spouse?"

June 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: Choosing a business entity in a tough economy

The current condition of the economy and the nation's unemployment figures give rise to more and more people considering turning their hobbies into viable businesses.

June 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: A guaranteed tax-free income

I have always stressed in financial planning what is tax-deductible, tax-deferred and tax-free.

June 16, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Homeowners should be wary of foreclosures rescue scams

As many homeowners struggle to maintain their home mortgages in this challenging economy, scam artists have developed a number of schemes to con unsuspecting homeowners out of their money - and their homes.

June 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: Don’t let Uncle Sam become your only life insurance beneficiary

Life insurance is an excellent way of providing financial support for a surviving spouse or children upon the death of the family breadwinner, or if both parents die.

June 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Why Johnny is late to work

When an employee is tardy more than a few times to work, the reason is not traffic, car trouble or an alarm that didn't go off. The real reason is that Johnny never learned it was unacceptable to be late to work.

June 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: What's your retirement income focus?

To make sure you have enough money for your retirement, begin with a few estimations and rough calculations.

June 09, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: tips for creating a sound budget

Creating a budget in a tough economy may help you better understand where your money is going so you can properly manage your finances and plan for the future.

June 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Brian E. Koegle: Agencies target businesses to generate revenue

It should come as no surprise to learn that the economy has been weak for many industries throughout California for the better part of the last year.

June 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


April E. Oliver: Be aware of automatic restraining orders

If a restraining order was to be imposed against you, you would probably be aware of it, right? But were you aware that once your petition for a divorce is filed with the court, automatic temporary restraining orders go into effect against you? Unfortunately, these ATROs can be a very serious trap for the unaware, particularly those who are not represented by an attorney in a family-law case.

June 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Using leadership and teamwork to make beautiful music

A group of musicians gathered together for the purpose of playing in harmony to provide beautiful music for an assembled audience. It was a simple goal, easy to describe, understood by all, yet difficult to execute. The desired result was to sound like one rich instrument.

June 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: What is a guaranteed income worth?

A report entitled "Social Security, Medicare Face Insolvency Sooner" was published recently in the Wall Street Journal.

June 02, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Build yourself a nest egg

Whether you would like to set money aside for a down-payment on a home, build an emergency fund or save for retirement, concern about the economy has many thinking about ways to save and create a nest egg for the future.

May 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Robert Mansour: Make sure you have a trust

Recently, several people have asked me to review existing estate plans. Usually, they say something like, "I need you to review my trust to make sure it's still good."

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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Hilltop Homes Preferred by Luxury Buyers

Even in a state with hundreds of miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, luxury home buyers in California preferred hilltop homes over ocean-front properties by a margin of four to one.

June 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Are you having fun?

I've always liked watching team sports. Sometimes you don't even have to be watching a game to know how things are going. You simply have to listen. You can hear the winners.

June 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


Ken Keller: My trees, your people and lessons learned

When we moved into our home, a row of six tall and bushy pine trees provided ample shade and privacy for our back yard.

May 25, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why employees leave for greener pastures

Forbes reported that millions of employed Americans are switching employers each month.

May 18, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Financial spring cleaning

Spring is here and many of us are busy cleaning out closets and dusting the cobwebs that may have accumulated during the winter. While you are taking on spring cleaning projects, consider taking a fresh look at your finances.

May 14, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Time to revisit your pricing

If there is one thing that makes me angry, it is the statement stuffed into my cable television bill telling me that the price I have to pay has gone up.

May 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: We should all be so lucky

This past week I watched Brian Tracy's video "Success is a Journey" a total of five times as I facilitated client orientations.

May 03, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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