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February 11th

Alternatives to help meet your investment goals

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When it comes to managing the wealth you’ve accumulated in any one stock, have you ever asked yourself, “How much is too much?” Holding a large position in one stock generally increases your risk level compared to a well-diversified portfolio. In 2006, Congress posed (through the Pension Protection Act) that if an investor has more than 20 percent of a portfolio in one security or industry, the portfolio may not be properly diversified. Your specific risk tolerance may allow for more or less than 20 percent of one security.

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Explore the world of international investments

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You’re probably accustomed to measuring the progress of your investments, and the overall condition of the investment world, by checking on indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500.
And since these types of benchmarks focus almost exclusively on American companies, you might get the idea that the best investments are located right here in the United States. But that impression would be false — because there are, literally, a world of investment opportunities beyond the U.S. borders. 
In fact, as of the end of 2010, U.S. stock markets constituted less than a third of the total global stock market value, according to the World Bank.

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The secret to financial harmony in marriage

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Question: My husband prides himself on being very logical. I admit that I am much more impulsive and emotional. We get into our worst arguments when we try to buy something major, like a car. I just want to find one I like and be done with. He wants to analyze it to death. He can never make a decision. Help.
 
Answer: You say, “Make a decision.” He says, “I don’t want to make a mistake.”
You say, “I feel good about this one.” He says, “When I finish my spreadsheet comparison, we’ll know the best one to buy.”

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Tech TBDA to host seminar for rural energy program

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Louisiana Tech’s Technology Business Development Center will host a seminar to help small business owners and agriculture producers learn how to receive grants from the USDA.
As small businesses in rural areas and agriculture producers may be eligible for grants to help pay for equipment upgrades or energy efficient improvements, the Enterprise Center will discuss an overview of the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program from 9-10 a.m. Friday in the Robert H. Rawle Enterprise Center, located at 509 W. Alabama Ave.

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Memorial event provides pause for reflection

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The good die far too young sometimes.
And in the case of an individual who proudly wore the red and blue of a Louisiana Tech University uniform, we were unfortunately reminded of that thought once again this weekend.
Tyrone Duplessis, a young man with a smile that stretched from here to El Paso and a personality that could deflate the most cynical of human beings, recently passed away at the age of 21.

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Duplessis: A final tribute

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Somewhere up in the reserved seat section of heaven, Tyrone Duplessis surely had a big smile on his face late Friday afternoon.
He just had to because, well, that was just him.
But in all likelihood, he was probably also grinning— and wondering— what all the “fuss” was about when all of his former football teammates at Louisiana Tech University and countless others gathered on the Karl Malone Court of the Thomas Assembly Center to talk about how much of a difference he had made in their lives and how he had the grit and determination of a warrior.

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Techsters, Lady Tigers gain wins

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Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters held back a late second half effort by Idaho to take a 61-57 Western Athletic Conference victory in Moscow, Idaho on Saturday night.
The Lady Techsters (13-11, 6-3) had as much a 10-point lead twice (54-44, 58-48) against the Vandals (8-17, 3-6) in the final half before the host team got to within 60-54 with just under a minute remaining.
But Tech held on to win its second WAC road game in a three-day span.

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Tech softball team halts Penn State, 4-2

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BATON ROUGE — Michelle Jones tossed a complete-game and Katelynn Hill hit her second home run in as many days, as Louisiana Tech defeated Penn State 4-2 Saturday morning at the LSU Tiger Classic.
Less than 18 hours after dropping a heart-breaking 7-6 decision to 15th ranked Michigan, Tech (1-1) bounced back in a big way with a win over the Nittany Lions, a team that participated in the NCAA Tournament last season and who won their opening game Friday against LSU.

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Millsap: Underrated, but valuable

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“He’s a tremendous all-around guy,” Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin said. “He’s a great team guy. He does a great job of handling his responsibilities. He takes something away from guys on the defensive end and he’s quick enough to get up on a guy in the perimeter. Offensively, we can go to him at times. He’s just continued to work to expand his game on both ends of the floor.”
That work ethic has defined him throughout his career, but the importance of such an approach was driven home earlier in his career under former Utah Head Coach Jerry Sloan.

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Millsap: Underrated, but valuable

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DALLAS — Go ahead and call Paul Millsap underrated. It’s a label he’s heard countless times through his first five NBA seasons and one he has no problem with.
However, a closer look at the 26-year-old Louisiana Tech product’s numbers reveals the 6-foot-8 power forward is definitely worthy of more notoriety. Through 19 games with Utah this season, he was averaging 17.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals, heady numbers for a second-round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

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