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Watershed moment is here

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I’ve sure been thinking about perspective a lot these days.
Maybe it’s the escalating barrage of political propaganda. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m aging. Or perhaps it was spurred by a book I just finished reading.
In “BOOM! Voices of the Sixties,” Tom Brokaw opens the door for a journey through the personal reflections of an incredible array of figures based on their experiences during one of our country’s most turbulent times. By dissecting and discussing watershed moments and events during the tempestuous 1960s, Brokaw and his interview subjects shed light on the defining moments that in turn shaped the decades to come. And each perspective shared was colored with a point of reference that had been shaped by the life experience of the individual.

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Are 401(K) loans a person’s last resort?

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As you’re well aware, we’re living in difficult economic times. Consequently, you may be forced to make some financial moves you wouldn’t normally undertake.
One such move you might be considering is taking out a loan from your 401(k) plan — but is this a good idea?
Of course, if you really need the money, and you have no alternatives, you may need to consider a 401(k) loan.

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Estate planning important for most everyone

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Question: My financial situation is pretty simple. Is it OK for me to use a software program to prepare my will?
Answer: Probably not. Just read the fine print.
It probably (or at least should) says something to the effect, “This software product valid in 49 of the 50 states. Not valid under Louisiana law.”

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A very bold idea for your financial portfolio

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The next time you meet with your financial advisor, you may want to discuss new ways to manage your portfolio. For instance, one increasingly popular option among individual investors is managed accounts.
A way to tap into resources traditionally reserved for the very largest investors such as pension funds, endowments and high-net-worth investors, these accounts offer access to a variety of portfolios and asset classes not ordinarily available to individual investors.

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Choudrant native works as Miss. appeals law clerk

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Choudrant native Laura Hogan Katzenmeyer joined the staff of the Mississippi Court of Appeals Aug. 1. She works as a law clerk for Presiding Judge T. Kenneth Griffis.
Katzenmeyer, who now lives in Clinton, Miss., earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University, where she majored in English. She earned a law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
Katzenmeyer is the daughter of Mike and Sandy Hogan.
She is married to Alan William Katzenmeyer.

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