07 Mar
March 07, 2014

Marriage often involves the well-known phrases “For better or worse” and “In sickness and in health.”  Should these apply to only matters of the heart, mind, and body?   What if one spouse has substantial debt?  This question may not need to be answered on the honeymoon; however, it does need to be addressed with high priority since financial issues can greatly impact the relative happiness of your union. Consider:

67% of all college graduates have debt as the result of college

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27 Aug
August 27, 2012

After the Supreme Court ruling upholding the recent Health Care act, everybody is required to buy health insurance. Or are they?

People who earn less than $9,500 are exempt from the requirement; above those income levels, you would have to pay a tax that depends on your income level. There is a phase-in of rates from 2014 through 2016, but just looking at the 2016 rates, any person with taxable income between $9,500 and $37,000 would have to pay $695

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15 May
May 15, 2012

All plans, no matter what issue is being addressed, start with a single decision. It is the decision that the topic at hand is important enough to dictate attention and explore options.

According to the Center for Rural Affairs:

Half of all current farmers are likely to retire in the next decade.
US farmers over the age of 55 control more than half of the country’s farmland.

In farming, which may be best described as a “seasonal job,” all tasks are typically part of

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05 Jul
July 05, 2011

How often have we heard that life, a “successful” life, is about giving 100% all the time in everything you do? Sometimes, the quoted number is even higher. 110, 120 or even 200% have been offered as the target for greatness.

If we allow ourselves to contemplate this often-repeated mantra, we soon realize this is an impossible standard to maintain. We have all witnessed the person who is capable of tremendous deeds falter on the simplest tasks or

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09 May
May 09, 2011

What, exactly, IS the global economic (or investment) impact of the Japanese earthquake, or the no-fly zone over Libya, or the expected bail-out of Portugal and write-downs on Irish bank debt? It appears that nobody really knows.

Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University has reported his latest research, where he and a group of graduate students looked at the behavior of companies in the face of 17 different “uncertainty shocks,” ranging from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the 2008 credit crunch. He

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