The sign on the window said it all: "Gone out of business - we forgot what business we were in!"
The year 2008 was one of the most challenging years I have witnessed during my 46 years in the insurance and investment business.
There are three stages people go through when they lose their job: anger, resentment and finally determination. These are the same feelings that a person goes through with any loss such as divorce, separation and death of a loved. The point is, "How do I move on?"
In today's world, e-mail has become the preferred method of communication, not only between friends and family, but also between businesspeople, educators, administrators, lawyers and other professionals.
With the real estate and stock markets in meltdown mode for the past year, there is real financial panic and despair permeating the air right now.
Jack Welch, the former head of GE, co-writes a weekly column for Business Week magazine. Sometimes the "Dear Abby" format is used, when someone sends in a question and Welch, together with his wife Suzy, provides answers and thought-provoking perspective.
Today Americans are living longer and more vivacious lives.
Our small business bankers, like those at other banks, are hearing two main concerns from customers these days: They want to know what it takes to obtain loans, and they want help managing expenses and cash flow.
As most business owners are acutely aware, 2008 witnessed unprecedented freefall dips in the global economy.
One of the biggest myths offered by the California insurance industry to justify its eliminating your legal right is the need to control the "litigation explosion" under which we are supposedly burdened. It is simply not true.
If you are concerned about the rising cost of health care and what its escalating cost will do to your retirement plans, you are not alone.
Everyone makes mistakes. If we are smart, we can learn from our mistakes. With luck, we can learn from other people's mistakes too. In the current financial problems affecting our retirement assets, and our hesitancy to be in the market, following are some common pitfalls to avoid with your retirement savings plan at work.
Floods, droughts, hurricanes, severe storms, landslides, ice, snow and wildfires are all natural disasters that can cause devastation when it comes to your business. What do you do if your business is destroyed by a natural disaster? Who do you turn to? How can you prepare now to prevent hardship later?
California's Family Code requires that when there are contested custody or visitation issues regarding minor children, the parties must attempt to resolve their disputes through mediation before going to court to litigate the issue.
On many playgrounds, you will often hear the phrase "that's not fair." Those three words also have a huge impact in dispute resolution. That is because the principle of fairness is often overlooked.
When we moved into our home, a row of six tall and bushy pine trees provided ample shade and privacy for our back yard.
Forbes reported that millions of employed Americans are switching employers each month.
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.
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.
This past week I watched Brian Tracy's video "Success is a Journey" a total of five times as I facilitated client orientations.
If you are one of the millions of Americans receiving a refund this year, following are several ways to put your refund to work.
I don't do it as often as I should, but one of my favorite tools is asking thought-provoking questions of my clients.
When it comes to buying or renting a home, bias too often still appears in all shapes and sizes - because of religion, age, race, sexual orientation, a handicap, a partner from a different race, a different nationality, or simply the presence of kids.