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Your retirement money and market volatility

Market volatility is a fact of life. Stock prices fluctuate from day to day, and markets move up and down over time along with the economy and business cycle. As a student of Jeremy Siegel of the School of Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, over time the market will return 8 to 9 percent over the cost of living.

August 21, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


IRS publication gives clues as to who gets audited

This is the first part in a two-part series about being audited by the IRS.

August 20, 2008 | By Frank Norton | Business Columns


What can be learned about business at a lemonade stand

Reading an article some time back I came across a philosophy of life. I don't remember who wrote the article and I am sure I can't remember all the parts of it, but one portion surfaced last Saturday. It was, "Whenever there is a lemonade stand, stop and buy some from the proprietor. That child is going to be running his or her own business some day and they need to be encouraged."

August 19, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


It takes timing to succeed with a home business

In last week's column, we talked about beating the recession by creating your own business from home.

August 15, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


So, you need income?

You have worked hard all your life to accumulate a pool of retirement assets. Now, or at some time in the near future, you will want to turn all or a portion of that pool of assets into a stream of income that will last as long as you live. It won't be easy with the ups and downs of the economy, which is normal, but currently we have to be more concerned for the additional problems caused with our energy costs and the financial markets fiasco.

August 14, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


New developments in capital gain, property taxes and other benefits

Editor's Note: The Friday business columns known as Business Law will now be known as It's the Law.

Capital gain relief for widows and widowers

August 14, 2008 | By Gina Macdonald | Business Columns


Does your business have a prospecting plan?

I read with interest an article on the front page of The Signal on Monday. Several local business owners were interviewed and quoted about declining sales revenue, a reduction in customer buying and the impact of increasing costs on their businesses.

August 12, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


How to recession-proof your life

It seems that every time we turn on the news these days we hear an endless litany of big corporations that are closing their doors, thousands of workers being laid off across the country, more jobs being outsourced and everybody losing money (unless you're in oil). The unemployment figures that politicians spout as going down, is only going down because laid-off workers are falling off the unemployment list after using up their 26 weeks. But don't let this discourage you, because it may be to your advantage.

Working from home is the new way forward! Think like an ...

August 08, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Components of a basic living trust package

In previous articles, I have discussed the advantages of using living trusts as an estate planning tool. It is extremely important that your estate plan is drafted only after a personal consultation with an attorney so that the plan can be customized according to your specific situation and desires.

August 06, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


Now marks time to ramp up marketing efforts

It would be nice to believe that every organization is a proponent of continuous marketing (which means marketing in both strong and slowing economies), but not everyone has done so. Many of the organizations that did not market when times were good are now suffering. Others that should know better are becoming nervous as the bad news of the economy is reported and so these firms are cutting back on marketing and other expenditures.

When times are good, and business is plentiful, businesses are often so busy they do not have time to market. They are busy taking care of ...

August 05, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Cross my palm with debit cards

Cross my palm with debit cards - not silver!

While the financial gurus are wringing their hands over the rise in credit card debt, consumers are going their merry way with their debit cards. The use of debit cards has increased more than 50 percent in just seven years, and banks see profit in the trend. They're cranking up the frequent flier and other rewards to encourage debit card use.

August 01, 2008 | Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Who will care for your children if something happens to you?

If you and your spouse pass away leaving minor children, have you selected someone to serve as their guardian? Have you chosen someone to manage their finances?

July 31, 2008 | By Robert Mansour | Business Columns


Only 21 days to a superior organization

Day one: Make sure your organization has tests and yardsticks to measure performance. Are you measuring the most important things or just things you have always measured?

July 29, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Work your sales process to succeed

Everyone would agree that a structured sales method is needed for maximum efficiency, yet we all know of companies that ignore this fact. Without a set of steps or structure, sales are lost or ineffective so the process in use has to be assessed.

July 25, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stepehnson | Business Columns


The perfect storm

I recently attended an investment seminar and received the following information which is taken from a paper written about personal finance by two professors of finance and insurance, David Babbel and Craig

July 24, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


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Paula Hodge: Google transformation

Do you remember when Google was just a cool and reliable Internet search engine? PC Magazine recognized the company as the search engine of choice in the top 100 Web Sites for 1998.

March 05, 2014 | By Paula Hodge Business Corner | Business Columns


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


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