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The New Landscape for Business Startups and Their Investors

By |2017-05-09T22:11:15+00:00May 17th, 2012|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You may have heard that the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012, makes it easier for companies to attract investors, particularly smaller companies. But just what does that mean to you if you're trying to grow your small business? And if you're contemplating making [...]

5 Tips for Staying Peaceful in a World Full of Fear

By |2017-05-09T22:10:56+00:00October 6th, 2011|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

I have been investing for 38 years. While many cycles have been less fun than others, the markets of recent memory rank as my least favorite. Information travels at the speed of light and public markets respond to news just that quickly. What the market sees as positive one day can send the market into a [...]

What Does This Roller Coaster of a Market Mean?

By |2011-08-19T17:35:25+00:00August 19th, 2011|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

In 1973, I was honored with the Miss Walton County title.  As part of this honor, I competed in the Miss Georgia Pageant.  You may think a pageant consists merely of a single evening, but there was actually a week of competition and publicity included.  As part of the publicity portion of the pageant, we were [...]

The Future is Your Decision

By |2011-07-21T19:24:15+00:00July 21st, 2011|Categories: Business Wise, Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Last Tuesday the 12th, I spent the morning at the Vistage All City meeting.  Our speaker was Brian Beaulieu, a respected economist from the Institute for Trend Research.  Brian’s talk, The Future is Your Decision, offered perspectives for CEOs and individual investors based on his trend research.  I found his information useful and have summarized his [...]

The Unexpected Recovery

By |2011-05-12T01:29:24+00:00May 12th, 2011|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Did you know that the Internet can now read minds?  Here's the proof: Just two months ago, the world celebrated an unusual two-year anniversary: 24 months from the low point in the global markets, the point of maximum pain and panic following the 2008 economic meltdown and so-called Great Recession.  On March 9, 2009, the [...]

Social Security: Dialougue or Debate?

By |2011-01-12T05:31:01+00:00January 12th, 2011|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We hear a great deal of talk these days about the state of Social Security, Medicare, health insurance, and countless other areas which the government has influence over.  For some, this dialogue causes great unease and often times fear.  Questions arise such as: “How will I pay for health insurance if I retire?” “Will I run [...]

Thrifty (and Better) Fun

By |2010-05-12T05:49:37+00:00May 12th, 2010|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

One of the biggest take-aways from the recent market meltdown, for many people, was the rediscovery of many kinds of fun that don't cost money--a lot of the things that people did years ago before the advent of 3D movies, gourmet restaurants, traveling soccer teams and endless consumerism. In fact, one financial planning firm took a [...]