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1 Be an "Environmentally Friendly" investor
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | April 20th, 2017

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.
   
2 Don't get swayed by these investment "myths"
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | April 13th, 2017

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet, upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" - which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:
   
3 How can the "sandwich generation" relieve financial stress?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | April 6th, 2017

Don't worry too much if you haven't heard, but April is National Stress Awareness Month. Of course, stress can present emotional and physical challenges to all of us, but if you belong to the "sandwich generation" - that is, you may be caring for aging parents while still supporting your own children - you may be facing some financial stress as well. What can you do to relieve it?
   
4 Teach your children well about finances and investing
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 30th, 2017

High debt levels, lack of savings, the inability to budget - these problems all have several causes, but one of them is almost certainly financial illiteracy. Too many of us just never developed the money management skills necessary to cope with our complicated - and expensive - world. But if you have young children, you can teach them some money-smart lessons - and who knows? You could use the opportunity to give yourself a few valuable reminders, too.
   
5 Help protect older adults from financial abuse
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 23rd, 2017

Financial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, what can you do to help protect them?
   
6 Time for some financial spring cleaning
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 16th, 2017

Spring is in the air, even if it's not quite there on the calendar. This year, as you shake off the cobwebs from winter and start tidying up around your home and yard, why not also do some financial spring cleaning?
   
7 Plan for Health Care Costs During Retirement
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 9th, 2017

When you retire, some of your expenses may go down - but health care is not likely to be one of them. In fact, your health care costs during retirement may well increase, so you may want to plan for these costs well before you leave the work force.
   
8 Women must act to overcome financial challenges
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 2nd, 2017

International Women's Day, observed on March 8, celebrates the social, cultural, and political achievements of women. Yet, women continue to face many challenges. For one thing, women still encounter gender-specific obstacles to their important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. If you're a woman, what can you do to get past these barriers?
   
9 What's smarter - paying off debts or investing?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | February 9th, 2017

If you're just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way - but here's one that's not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals.
   
10 On Valentine's Day, Consider Financial Gifts
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | February 2nd, 2017

Last year, Americans spent more than $19 billion on Valentine's Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, with the majority of this money going to flowers, candy, cards and an evening out. These gifts were thoughtful, of course, and no doubt appreciated, but they were also somewhat disposable, for want of a better word. On the other hand, some financial gifts can have a pretty long "shelf life."
   
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