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Retirement strategies, part two

As a follow up to the previous article about couples' retirement strategies, following are some points in planning and protecting your retirement plans should you wish to consider variable annuities and their special income guarantees not offered by any other investment.

December 02, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Learning the 'new math' of retirement

With the normal challenges of retirement planning and the current financial crisis adding pressure to your planning, will your retirement portfolio be able to maintain your current lifestyle?

December 01, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Now, where did I put that list?

The holiday season can be a frantic time, both personally and professionally, but here are a few tips to help you.

November 29, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


New law provides tax incentives

It's hard to believe that anything that takes nearly 800 pages to describe could be time sensitive, however, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was recently enacted and, for many, it may provide the incentive needed to act now, and finally buy a home of their own. A new $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers is a temporary incentive from the government to boost interest in real estate - but the time frame to take advantage of the credit is limited.

November 28, 2008 | By Mark Foster | Business Columns


How to keep down business expenses

This is the conclusion to the 36 tips I promised to help keep your business expenses in control:

November 28, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Multimillion-dollar age discrimination verdict after layoff

When the federal government required one of its defense contractors to reduce its workforce, the contractor first evaluated its employees based on the criteria of performance, flexibility and critical skills.

November 28, 2008 | By John H. Shaffery It’s the Law | Business Columns


Lawsuits cause businesses to leave state

Too often I am reminded of the impact that California state regulations and litigated claims can have against companies doing business in California, resulting in businesses closing or moving out of state.

November 27, 2008 | By John H. Shaffery It’s the Law | Business Columns


Check the numbers for 2008 tax savings

Do you like numbers? Do you like them better when they involve tax savings? Here are 10 numbers and 10 tax-saving strategies to consider as the clock starts to wind down on 2008.

November 27, 2008 | By Alan J. Lyon It's Your Money | Business Columns


'Tis the season to harvest your tax losses

While the economic reasons for buying and selling in the stock market are critical, strategies to minimize your tax burden must also be considered.

November 26, 2008 | By Julie M. Sturgeon | Business Columns


What I learned about finance

One of the best educational experiences during my tenure in corporate America was the two-and-a-half years I spent crunching numbers for one of the largest consumer products companies in the country.

November 25, 2008 | Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Couples need smart retirement strategies

The odds are overwhelming that a wife will live longer than her husband. She is also two and a half times more likely than the husband to live alone. Needless to say, she has to be self-sufficient and the money has to last longer.

November 25, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Coping with the stock market decline

Stock market declines are an inevitable part of investing. We have all heard of strategies to stay the course and stay on track.

November 24, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


The great mystery of creativity

Why do the best ideas arrive in the shower?

November 22, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Ways to keep lid on expenses abound

Here are the next 12 tips for keeping your business expenses under control:

November 21, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Don’t let anger dictate legal strategy

There is a saying by an unknown author that "anger is one letter short of danger."

November 20, 2008 | By Steven G. Mehta | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: Advice for a better second half

Last week marked the end of the first half of the calendar year. It seems like January was just last week.

July 06, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Tips for growing a family

Starting or growing a family can be an exciting milestone in one's life. But as most experienced parents will tell you, your priorities are likely to change, and along with these changes come new expenses and responsibilities,

June 25, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Advice given, heard and ignored

Being a trusted advisor is a place of honor. When you reach a certain stage in life, you are compensated not for what you do but for what you know.

June 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Student debt hurts housing

With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.

June 18, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The conversation you really need to have

Throughout the years at the Advisory Board meetings I facilitate, I've heard a fair amount of laughter and grumbling from the business people who participate.

June 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Employees moving could cost you

Jim, president of the top local IT company, came by the other day. He was not happy. He'd just been served with a complaint, alleging that he'd breached a new employee's contract, had wrongfully terminated her, and was guilty of breach of promissory estoppel (whatever that is?).

June 11, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Profitability Matters, but Not To Everyone

The bottom line, the profitability of a company, should matter to every employee but many owners tend to keep this information private. Owners then complain when profits are thin.

June 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


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


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