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Randall D. Armour: Dispelling common estate-planning myths

Many common myths have developed and come up continuously in discussions about estate planning.

March 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Tools to help refresh your business

Data suggests that recessions are becoming shorter but economic uncertainty and distress is affecting many organizations.

March 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Steps to prepare for the rainy days ahead

If you are like many of the people we talk to lately, most tell us they are moving to conservative holdings in their retirement or long-term investment plans.

March 10, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Diversify to beat the recession

Diversifying to increase your cash influx may sound like an oxymoron, but every entrepreneur should take a hard look at not having all your eggs in one basket. Any business, from the smallest home-based business to the largest corporation, gains stability and profits by diversifying.

March 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: Be prepared, plan for long-term care

Everyday, 13 million people need assistance with routine activities such as dressing, eating and bathing, according to the Direct Care Alliance. Four out of 10 people turning 65 can anticipate stays in a nursing home, and by the year 2025, 78 million Americans will be over age 65. Most health insurance programs will not usually cover long-term-care expenses.

March 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Taking the leap from ‘dating’

The first responsibility of an entrepreneur is to develop a business model that works. This means having a long-term relationship between the two parties (supplier and customer), multiple revenue streams and multiple product lines.

March 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


What about retirement insurance?

If you could have bought insurance on your retirement account to guarantee not losing your principal and earnings value last year, how much would you be willing to pay to insure it?

March 03, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Robert Mansour: Don’t name a minor as a beneficiary

Many people don't give too much thought when choosing someone to be the beneficiary of a life-insurance policy.

February 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Getting it right on tax returns

An early IRS sampling of tax returns shows about 15 percent have errors involving the recovery rebate credit that is related to last year's economic stimulus payment.

February 26, 2009 | For The Signal | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Saving during rainy days

As tough times abound in this economy, many of our Santa Clarita Valley bankers are hearing this familiar question: "How can I start saving if most of my money goes toward bills?"

February 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Taking steps to prevent identity theft

Identity theft is among the fastest growing crimes in the nation.

February 25, 2009 | Union Bank | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: The mission to rescue General Motors

Nearly everyone who follows business in America has an opinion about what needs to be done with the automotive industry, specifically with General Motors.

February 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: The latest news from Washington

A recent article in SmartMoney magazine talked about Congress taking aim at retirement by trying to revamp 401(k) and IRA plans.

February 24, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Kevin W. Yeam: Help your attorney help you

The average legal client of the Santa Clarita Valley is an individual or small company. Their legal needs, and economic situation differ greatly from the corporation, insurance company, financial, governmental or other more powerful institutions that commonly are opposing the individual consumer.

February 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Use constructive criticism to get better

Each of us has flashes of insight that soon dim, maybe to resurface at some quiet moment when we are reflecting, even years later. I had one of these moments over the weekend.

February 18, 2009 | Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


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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


Janice France-Pettit:Use your tax refund wisely

If you are one of the millions of Americans receiving a refund this year, following are several ways to put your refund to work.

April 30, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


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