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08/20/2017
Question: How many mutual funds do I need to own to be properly diversified? Answer: A lot more than you might think. Your question tells me you are thinking about diversification in a very one dimensional sense. You need to diversify your thinking...
08/20/2017
Few of us have unlimited financial resources — which means that almost all of us need to prioritize our financial goals. Consequently, you’ll have some decisions to make if you’d like to help pay for your children’s college educations someday while...
08/20/2017
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More...
08/20/2017
Being a competitive athlete can have its demands and be tough, regardless of the sport. In particular, it’s especially admirable when one competes within their “comfort” age group. Such as 60-something John Allen and Linzie Ledford Hebert in her mid...
08/20/2017
A group of folks in north central Louisiana has made a name for itself not only here in this part of the country; they’re turning heads across the nation, especially up in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This is where headquarters for Whitetails Unlimited...
08/18/2017
Over the years, I’ve been complimented (at least I took it that way) by having people tell me (in a much more primal way) that I can tell you you’re likely to suffer eternal damnation in such a manner that you’ll almost enjoy the trip. (You’ll...
08/18/2017
While solar eclipses have happened since the beginning of time, there is a little still something ominous about our sun going dark — even if it is only for a few minutes. When researching Monday’s eclipse for a local story, I ran across some...
08/17/2017
State lawmakers can learn a thing or two from cursive writing. The script penmanship joins together letters and characters in a flowing manner generally used to make writing efficient. Wouldn’t that be rich? To see legislators joining together to...
08/16/2017
As schools, colleges, and universities open, there is an abundance of mental health facts that you may share with your family, friends, classmates, colleagues, churches, and communities. Remember: These statistics about children, teens, and adults...
08/16/2017
To hear the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry tell it, the majority of the Lincoln Parish legislative delegation is doing a pretty pitiful job when it comes to backing bills that protect business and support a strong economy. The lobby...
08/15/2017
According to the Emily Post Institute, “We can all be more cognizant of how we use our mobile technology and how our usage may impact others around us — at home, on the road, in the office and whenever we are in public.”  The truth is, I have a lot...
08/15/2017
What a great time to remind us about the benefits of eating family meals together. School is back in full swing. Life will be more scheduled less relaxed than summer time. There will be school activities, dance classes, scheduled sports activities,...
08/14/2017
As usual, there’s a large group of outstanding high school football players lined up to earn headlines on Friday nights in North Louisiana. The dynamic duo of quarterback Justin Rogers and wide receiver Terrace Marshall of Bossier City Parkway. Pass...
08/14/2017
My brother and I are 18 months apart. We have always been very close growing up. He would let me paint his nails or dress him up in my play dresses, and I would play with cars with him or play soldiers outside. Our friend group tended to be the same...
08/14/2017
In the fall of 1979, I graduated from Louisiana Tech. When he called me in; my academic advisor said that I had actually exceeded the maximum amount of tuition paid my any un-incarcerated student in Louisiana. My diploma said I had earned a degree...
08/12/2017
It’s in the numbers. The law of averages always catches up to us. That includes celebrity deaths. The older we get, the more likely it is that we’ve felt the loss of someone we admired from afar for whatever reason. It happened again for me last...
08/12/2017
Asset allocation is a strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds, and cash). The...
08/12/2017
Question: I read somewhere that on average I need 70 percent of my working income in retirement. Does that sound about right? Answer: Last week we began examining this issue by identifying four bases you need to cover in your planning for retirement...
08/12/2017
Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn’t know that Wednesday is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the “...
08/12/2017
Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn’t know that Wednesday is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the “...