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Estate planning: Does it offer creditor protection?

One of the most common questions I am asked when meeting with a client to discuss estate planning is whether or not the estate plan will offer protection from creditors.

October 29, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


When someone at the top gets it wrong

Years ago, I happened to be in the warehouse of the company where I worked. As the president of the company walked from his office to the offices on the other side of the building, I observed a low-level employee approach the president, and ask him if he could get a paycheck instead of taking the week's vacation he was scheduled to start in a couple of weeks. The employee said he needed the money more than he wanted the time off.

October 28, 2008 | Ken Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Common IRA mistakes

You have worked hard all your life to build your retirement assets. And, you want those assets to work hard for you throughout your working career and your retirement years, and then for your family and heirs after that. IRAs are wonderful products, with lots of benefits and flexibility, but those benefits come with certain rules and regulations you need to keep in mind.

October 27, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Only you should row your business’ oars

Ask yourself: Are you paddling or floating your canoe down the river of your business life? If you're floating, then you're on the defense. If you're paddling, then you're on the offense.

October 24, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson For The Signal | Business Columns


Keep your support payment receipts

What happens if you have faithfully paid all of your court-ordered child or spousal support but many years after the fact, your ex brings you back to court claiming you paid nothing at all?

October 23, 2008 | Donald Klahs | Business Columns


Does gruesome retirement lie ahead?

I have been preparing a lot of retirement plans lately for clients. It seems that those who have been coming in for this service are the ones who have adequately prepared financially for their retirement years.

October 22, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


Twenty questions to improve your sales effectiveness

Times may be tough, but the people who are in sales for a living will tell anyone who is listening, "Times are GREAT!" but what they say on the inside and really want to say out loud is, "It sure is tough out there!"

October 21, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Income solutions in retirement

Retirement should be a reward for a life of planning, sacrificing and saving.

October 21, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Information highway saves gas, stress

It seems that I'm "banging the drum" a lot about entrepreneurs working from home at their own business, but with the high cost of gas, high food prices and high employee layoffs, it just makes sense.

October 17, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


How to prepare for retirement

One of the most common mistakes investors make in dealing with their IRAs is to name or change a beneficiary. In this changing world and with our fast-paced lives, many people overlook the important feature of passing on one of your most important assets. The IRA beneficiary designation form serves as an important estate planning document.

October 16, 2008 | By Jim Lentini For The Signal | Business Columns


Decide: Short sale or foreclosure?

In today's housing market, many people are upside-down with their mortgages. Not to mention, many homeowners have an adjustable rate mortgage that has the payment skyrocketing.

October 16, 2008 | By Hale Antico For The Signal | Business Columns


Is your policy good to go for wildfires?

Fire season: Are you prepared in the event of a disaster?

October 15, 2008 | By Julie M. Sturgeon For The Signal | Business Columns


Reinforcement does an employee good

After 90 days or so on a new job, I pointedly asked my not-so-new boss, "I've been here for just about three months, how am I doing?"

October 14, 2008 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


What are characteristics of entrepreneurs?

To be a successful entrepreneur you must have patience, perseverance, honesty, fidelity and the personality of a self-starter. There are many who have fine staying qualities, but poor starting qualities.

October 10, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson For The Signal | Business Columns


Marriage: Yours, mine ... and now ours

In California, where spouses are concerned, property rights are determined by looking at the basic principle of "yours, mine and ours" - what's yours is yours, and what's mine is mine (separate property).

October 09, 2008 | By Shannon S. Kreitner For The Signal | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: Unmasking the mediocre company

Books like "Built to Last," "The Breakthrough Company," and "Good to Great" were written to help business people improve the companies they own, lead and run.

March 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Upbeat outlook for housing

The housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley started the New Year tentatively, yet encouraging news abounds as the traditional Spring home buying season approaches.

February 26, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Improving effectiveness

If you wonder why your sales people aren't more productive, aren't making enough presentations and are slow to close deals, it might not be the industry you are in, your location or the economy not cooperating.

February 23, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


John Milburn: Keeping SCV strong

According to the recent news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the US economy added 113,000 jobs in January 2014 and, "…job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining…Employment in manufacturing increased in January (+21,000)…Manufacturing added an average of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013."

February 19, 2014 | By John Milburn Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Hubris is a disease that kills

Years ago a major manufacturer hired a research firm to conduct a survey of the cultural climate of the company.

February 16, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Information for buyers

Under the federal Ability-to-Repay rules that went into effect Jan. 10, lenders received guidelines on the type of financial information homebuyers must provide lenders when seeking a loan.

February 12, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Leaders set tone

Research suggests that employees do not leave because of the company they work for, but they quit because of their manager.

February 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Pete Bellas: What’s the forecast?

What is our fascination with forecasts? Are they really helpful and how can we use them for planning purposes?

February 05, 2014 | By Pete Bellas Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Meet your objective in 2014

At the end of the first month of the year, are your objectives for 2014 being met? Have the results versus your goals left a gap? Are you worried that what happened or what didn't happen in January can spread to February? Or March?

February 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Move always forward, never backwards

In May, 1976 I had just finished what I first thought was my junior year of college. When I put a pencil to things, I discovered I was not 12 months away from graduation, but closer to two years.

January 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: Criteria for business success

When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.

January 22, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Is the next level for you?

I recently conversed with the owner of a profitable company. She was interested in addressing some issues so she could return her attention to growing the business.

January 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


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