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1 International investing: still a journey to consider
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | October 12th, 2017

Columbus Day is observed on October 9. And while it may be true that Leif Erikson and the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World, Columbus Day nonetheless remains important in the public eye, signifying themes such as exploration and discovery. As an investor, you don't have to "cross the ocean blue," as Columbus did, to find opportunities - but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.
   
2 Consider multiple factors for retirement plans
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | October 5th, 2017

When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement?
   
3 Here's your retirement countdown
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | September 28th, 2017

If you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don't need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years. But you do need to make the right moves at the right time - which means you might want to start a "retirement countdown" well before you draw your final paycheck.
   
4 Five tips for women business owners
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | September 21st, 2017

Women are an integral part of the workforce, but they have had to overcome many obstacles along the way. Of course, challenges still remain, but women's success in the working world is worth commemorating - which will happen on American Business Women's Day on Friday, September 22. Are you a woman considering "setting up shop" on your own? If so, here are five tips to consider:
   
5 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:
   
6 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.
   
7 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.
   
8 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.
   
9 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?
   
10 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.
   
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