Retirement Planning

Strides in Pay Equality a Step in Right Direction

 Lilly Ledbetter was hired in 1979 as a supervisor at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and worked there for the next 20+ years. When she retired in 1998, she sued the company for paying her significantly less than her male counterparts. Initially, her pay was on par with her male colleagues, but after being promoted…

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Spare Time

 We all have spare time. However, it’s possible to be so busy, to have such a long list of things to do, that you actually feel guilty taking a bit of time to flake out in front of the television set, read a not-so-literary book or take a mid-afternoon nap. Even visiting with family and…

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Few Benefit Financially From College's Big Money Sport

As entertaining as college football is, the truth is it’s a multi-million-dollar business. In some high-profile programs, coaches make seven-figure salaries rivaled only by university administrators at the nation’s most elite schools. All the money flowing to officials at the top has to come from somewhere, and often, it starts with the students. In addition…

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New Year a Good Time for New Approach

  We frequently resolve to reinvent ourselves in the new year — exercise more, eat healthier, read more or save more. This concept of reinvention carries over to several aspects of the financial world as well, both personally and in businesses. At a certain age, it’s common for people to put their materialistic desires behind…

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Brain Power Translates to Staying Power

  We keep hearing about how life expectancy has increased, and today’s retirees are living longer than ever. However, longevity behooves that we (1) take measures to retain good health and mental acumen as we get older and (2) develop a long-term financial strategy to provide for ourselves and our loved ones in retirement. We…

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Splitting Up Doesn't Have to Mean Parting with Your Money

  Sadly, January is the biggest month of the year for divorces. Troubled couples stay together through the holidays, then, seeking a fresh start in the new year, make the decision to separate. Nobody plans on getting a divorce, but those who decide it’s necessary should lay down the groundwork to ensure the process is…

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Is Self-Service Good Service?

Have you ever asked customer service representatives a “yes” or “no” question, only to hear them dance around the answer just to avoid telling you “no”? For some, it seems the strategy in customer service is to “never say ‘no’ without offering a ‘yes’ at the same time.” [CLICK HERE to read the article, “Customer…

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What’s Your EQ?

The study of “emotional intelligence” began in the 1980s as a way to measure one’s ability to identify and manage both his or her own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. In the business world, people with high emotional intelligence, known as a high EQ (emotional quotient) are known to be more empathetic…

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Independence, Interdependence Go Hand in Hand

The interdependence a steady job provides makes it difficult to just up and leave. The company you work for relies on you to provide your expertise, and in return, you are compensated with pay and other benefits. Each party relies on the other, which means you can’t go willy-nilly quitting your job to start up…

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