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Borrowing from retirement plans full of pitfalls

With the weakening of home prices and lenders tightening credit, an increasing number of Americans are borrowing money from their retirement plans. A Duke University Magazine survey found in December that nearly 20 percent of companies have seen increased hardship withdrawals and loans from 401(k) accounts, often to cover mortgage payments or to avoid personal bankruptcy.

June 12, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


No tax on gain from sale of primary residence? Think again!

One of the most depressing moments I had during this tax season (of which I had several) was having to tell a retired lady that she owed close to $40,000 in taxes when she thought she was going to get a refund. The culprit that caused this unfortunate surprise involved the sale of her primary residence. Here is her sad story.

June 11, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


Just what can you learn from a basketball coach?

It's finally over. Sixty-five teams playing 64 games and scoring 8,853 points between them. It's official, the University of Kansas is the NCAA basketball champion, coming from behind in regulation play to force the game with Memphis State into overtime.

June 10, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Social Security & you

Today, Social Security covers about 163 million workers with 49 million people receiving benefits. Many people think that Social Security contributions are held in interest-bearing accounts to be used for their

June 05, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Planning for your pet's welfare upon death or disability

What happens to your pet if you become incapacitated or die? We have seen many beloved pets abandoned or taken to the animal shelter because an owner has failed to include provisions for the care of their animals in their estate planning documents.

June 05, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald | Business Columns


When should your children start thinking about estate planning?

Many people consider estate planning as something that is only necessary for the elderly or for the rich. I would argue that estate planning is necessary for anyone over the age of 18. Before you stop reading, let me describe some actual incidents that have occurred in the past couple of months that illustrate the need for estate planning by younger adults.

June 04, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


Endure or even prosper during job squeeze

With all the bad news going around about recession or economy in slow-growth, the one thing that's not debatable is that the employment market is weaker than it was a year ago. Let the economists figure out what's going on these days but you can do something about your income situation.

There are two ways for you to go. You can sit at your desk or in your shop with a "the sky is falling" attitude, or you can take the bull by the horns and become the master of your own fate. The time for depending on ...

May 30, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Selecting a litigation attorney for your business dispute

This is the second part in a series of columns by David Poole, a partner in the law firm of Poole & Shaffery, LLP.

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed the need for the prudent purchaser of legal services to represent them in a business dispute to have a thoughtful and thorough approach to the attorney hiring process.

May 29, 2008 | By David Poole | Business Columns


Your economic stimulus check could be in the mail

In an effort to boost the U.S. economy, Congress passed the Economic Stimulus Package Act of 2008 on Feb. 7.

May 28, 2008 | By Julie Sturgeon | Business Columns


Lessons to be learned from businesses that fail

It seems that nearly every day the media is touting that some brand name business or an industry is on the verge of collapse. The reality is that every day businesses fail and industries consolidate, meaning companies are purchased by competitors or go by the wayside.

Those businesses that cannot adapt or change will ultimately fail.

May 27, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Avoid communication breakdowns when growth occurs

As a company grows, one area that often becomes a bottleneck is communication. There are certain dynamics that take place in communications, as the number of involved people increases.

For example, in a small two-person company, there is the greatest opportunity for direct conversation and discussion throughout the day.

May 23, 2008 | Commentary by Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


When to 'hire' your children to care for you

As people get older, they often hire individuals or companies to perform services for them, such as housekeeping, cooking, driving, paying bills and personal care.

May 15, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald | Business Columns


Painful financial screw-ups can be fixed

You goofed! You just found a credit card bill stuck in your car's sun visor and it's due today. You forgot to file your tax return, and you're afraid to "fess up" to Uncle Sam. You got nailed for running that tail-end yellow to red light, and you're worried that you'll get your rates raised when your insurance company learns of the ticket.

May 09, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Supreme Court looks at punitive damage awards

Punitive damages are damages imposed to punish certain defendants for malicious conduct, fraud or other despicable conduct. Such damages have nothing to do with compensating the victim of such conduct. They are imposed, in addition to compensatory damages, to punish the defendant for egregious wrongdoing. Imposition of such damages used to be relatively rare, but the frequency and amount of punitive damage awards - especially on business defendants - has increased dramatically in recent years.

May 08, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Business Columns


Patience pays with your investments

When it comes to investing, patience can have its rewards. In fact, for the 10 years ended December 31,2006, a hypothetical $10,000 investment in Standard & Poor's 500 Index would have almost doubled to $19,147. However, if during this time frame, the investment would have missed:

May 08, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Business Columns


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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


Ken Keller: Lists you need to make

I don't do it as often as I should, but one of my favorite tools is asking thought-provoking questions of my clients.

April 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Housing fines set to increase

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.

April 23, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


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