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New Year a Good Time for New Approach

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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 them…

Brain Power Translates to Staying Power

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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 can…

Planning for a Long Life

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We’re often so focused on how to make our income last longer that we spend less time working on ways to live longer. A large, multiyear study of seniors recently reported its findings on the lifestyle elements people can modify to promote a longer lifespan. Specifically, seniors who optimize four or more of the following…

Is Self-Service Good Service?

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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…

What’s Your EQ?

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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…

Independence, Interdependence Go Hand in Hand

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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…

Tips to Getting Organized in 2016

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“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” — A. A. Milne Whether you’re the kind of person who has a specific spot for everything in the house or you’re constantly looking for your car keys, there’s always a little room for…

Digital Evolution Changes Way We Shop, Interact

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The Internet, much like radio and television before it, has changed modern society and the way we interact with each other. It’s even changed the way companies market products to consumers. Social media has essentially redistributed power from brands to individuals thanks to immediate and evergreen feedback that customers can write about the products they…

Making the Most of Life After Work

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Most working folks go through the daily grind week after week, counting down the years to retirement. But before you get too excited about walking away from your 9 to 5, consider the alternative lifestyle that comes with not going to work. Whether your working years are winding down or already behind you, many retirees…

Indefatigable Solutions

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Some people put off looking into long-term care, either because they think it’s too far down the road or they may not need it altogether. Despite research showing people are living longer than ever, only 22 percent of respondents to a recent survey believed they would need long-term care in the future, while about one-third…

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