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Finding money for long-term care
by Report submitted · August 17th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you refer me to for long-term care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don't have a lot of money and she doesn't have long-term care insurance.
Searching Daughter

Greycee, the young mare, ain't what she used to be, but at least she can stay home
by Dan Brawner Columnist · August 17th, 2017
You can't blame Greycee for making such a fuss. All she wanted was to stay with her people in Iowa.

Stay calm on the investment "Roller Coaster"
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · 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?

An open letter to Iowa voters during election season
by Paul Pate Iowa Secretary of State · August 10th, 2017
As Iowa's Commissioner of Elections, I take the integrity of our elections and every voter's personal data very seriously. You can be assured that the state's elections systems are protected, and your personal information remains confidential and secure in Iowa's voter registration database. I'm writing this because I want to emphatically encourage all registered voters to ignore any suggestion that you should cancel your voter registration.

How can you leave the legacy you desire?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · 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.

Low-cost wireless plans for seniors who use smartphones
by Report submitted · August 10th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
I'm interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low-cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some cellular data for checking my email and other functions when I'm away from WiFi. What can you tell me?
Senior Saver

The cautionary tale of The Mooch reminds us we're not so bad
by Dan Brawner Columnist · August 10th, 2017
Let us raise our glasses to outgoing White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. By the end of his short tenure, The Mooch had thrown himself onto the funeral pyre of history, sacrificing what appeared to be a promising career to show us that, no matter what we've seen lately, it doesn't pay to be a jerk.

Diversify your investments ... but consolidate your providers
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · 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?

State Fair: a tribute to calories and fat in all its forms
by Dan Brawner Columnist · August 3rd, 2017
The Iowa State Fair is just a couple of weeks away, which will be a relief to Iowans desperately seeking new ways to instantly raise their cholesterol. The fair has earned a reputation for extravagantly caloric snacks like deep fat fried Twinkies on a stick and fried Snickers bars.

U.S. Senator Grassley on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
by Report submitted · August 3rd, 2017
Q: What is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day?

How to find and claim your family's unclaimed money
by Report submitted · July 20th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
I've heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. Can you refer me? When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I'm wondering if there was anything he left behind.
Wondering Daughter

Match short- and long-term investment goals
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · 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?

Nothingburger no substitute for the real thing
by Dan Brawner Columnist · July 20th, 2017
"Nothingburger: Something lame, dead-end, insignificant, especially something with high expectations that turns out to be average, pathetic or overhyped. Two pieces of bread with nothing in between. A news story hyped by the mainstream media for ratings or political agenda." - Urban Dictionary.

Q&A: Spending oversight with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
by Report submitted · July 20th, 2017
Q: What drives your relentless grip on the federal purse strings?

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · 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.
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