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September 7th, 2013

Prepare for stock market swings

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Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters. As a result, stock prices have been extremely volatile, sometimes rising or falling by 10 percent or more in a matter of weeks — or even days.
“The past couple of years have been challenging for investors, to say the least,” says Gary Thayer, chief macro strategist for the Advisory Services Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Make sure to be an efficient investor

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Generally speaking, if you’re efficient at a particular task, you’ll get good results without wasting effort. As you’ve already learned from your life experiences, it’s usually far better to be efficient at something than to be inefficient — and that’s certainly true with investing.
So, what can you do to become a more efficient investor? Here are a few ideas:

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Investment risks compared to medical risks

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Question: I am way behind in starting to save for retirement. I am not really comfortable with the stock market, but I know I need to invest some of my money if I ever want to retire. Should I go for the high risk stuff and just ignore the ups and downs? How do you know for sure how much risk to take?

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Scores compete in Choudrant Cross Country meet

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More than 1,000 runners hit the hills of Lincoln Parish Saturday to compete in the Choudrant High School Cross Country Track meet. Pictured above is one of the girls’ races in the event.

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Jamboree to feature legendary hunter

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I’ve been involved with the Sportsman’s Jamboree since its inception back in 1980. Over the years, we have featured an array of talented and well-known special guest speakers from Grits Gresham to Ben Rodgers Lee to Harold Knight to David Hale to Preston Pittman to James “Dr. Deer” Kroll et al.

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All things are changing, God stays the same

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Many in our community have experienced great loss over the past several months. In my ministry setting and in the lives of friends and family, I have witnessed numerous people suffer from the incredible storms that life can sometimes bring. I am sure that you have witnessed this as well.

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Three friends meet

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On Aug. 31 three friends met at Cracker Barrel in West Monroe and visited together for the first time since 1954. Pictured are Mary Alice Williams Smith, of Ruston, Joann Barnett Wilson, of Brookhaven, Miss., and Sally King Brown, of Eufaula, Okla. All three ladies went to school and church together in Newellton. Each married in 1954 and went their separate ways. Smith said it was a blessing for them to get together and visit once more after all those years.

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Tech debate team makes state history

Louisiana Tech University’s debate team made history recently as the first team from Louisiana to have been accepted to compete in the World Universities Debate Championship (WUDC), which is recognized as the largest and most prestigious debate tournament in the world.
Sam Hathorn, a sophomore education major from Alexandria, and Ben Markway, a senior accounting major from Deville, will compete in late December in Chennai, India.

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Catching the big event on Facebook

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Have you ever been “high as a kite” and disgruntled at the same time? Probably that comes with age 92, which there are not too many of us left.
Anyway — good news first: Great grandbaby Sydney finally got well, plus walked alone and it was to her grandfather, Harold Henderson, who was here with wife Becky, visiting for Labor Day weekend with daughter Susan and son-in-law Jonathan and the baby. His brother Mark and wife Lynda, their daughter Michelle, all former Rustonites, and Michelle’s husband Brad and little son Max were also here from Oklahoma.

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Auditions open for Tech production

In 2005, “Doubt” was awarded both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set at St. Nicholas Church School in 1964’s Bronx, N.Y. “Doubt” tells the story of Sister Aloysius, a nun who suspects St. Nicholas’s priest of misconduct in his meetings with Donald Muller, the school’s first African-American student.

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