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11 Protect three key goals with life insurance
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | September 14th, 2017

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And "awareness" is an appropriate designation, because many people remain unaware of the many ways in which life insurance can help families meet their key financial goals. Here are three of the biggest of these objectives, as seen through the eyes of a hypothetical couple, Jim and Joan:
   
12 Brighten your grandchildren's financial future
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | September 7th, 2017

Mother's Day and Father's Day may get more attention, but National Grandparents Day, observed on Sept. 10, has gained in popularity. If you're a grandparent, you might expect to receive some nice cards, but if you want to make the day especially meaningful, you may want to consider giving some long-lasting financial gifts to your grandchildren.
   
13 Are you a "hardworking" investor?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | August 31st, 2017

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.
   
14 Can you save for college and retirement?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | August 24th, 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 education someday while, at the same time, saving for your own retirement.
   
15 Stay calm on the investment "Roller Coaster"
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | August 17th, 2017

Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn't know that Aug. 16 is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the "roller coaster" of the financial markets?
   
16 How can you leave the legacy you desire?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | August 10th, 2017

You may not see it in the greeting card section of your local drugstore, but August is "What Will Be Your Legacy Month." So it's a good time to think about the type of legacy you'd like to leave.
   
17 Diversify your investments ... but consolidate your providers
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | August 3rd, 2017

You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers - after all, aren't two (or more) heads better than one?
   
18 Match short- and long-term investment goals
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | July 20th, 2017

Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles. How should you proceed?
   
19 Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | July 13th, 2017

July is Independent Retailer Month. As you know, local stores bring vitality, creativity and economic growth to their communities, so it's worth celebrating those "mom and pop" shops. But they aren't the only entrepreneurs in the country - about 10 percent of workers in the U.S. are self-employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're thinking of joining these ranks, you may want to prepare yourself financially.
   
20 What can investors learn from the All Stars?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | July 6th, 2017

Next week, the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in Marlins Park in Miami. If you're a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you're an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars, including these:
   
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