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04/16/2016
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, Managing Director and Senior Global Equity Strategist for Wells...
04/16/2016
Question: I think I have disability insurance through my work, but someone told me I should have an individual policy. What’s the difference? Is this something I need? Answer: When a client asks me about insurance of any kind, I usually start with...
04/16/2016
If you’re a golfer, you know the joys — and occasional frustrations — of the game. But you might not realize that some of the lessons you learn on the links can carry over to other areas of your life — such as retirement planning. So whether you’re...
04/15/2016
I remember when there was no such thing as Twitter and Facebook. There were no status updates, or 140 character limits to our thoughts. That may sound weird to some of the younger readers, but it sounds kind of peaceful, huh? The teenagers of today...
04/15/2016
We all know about the rise in tuition and the cuts to higher education. Universities are in a financial bind, and students are not the only ones feeling the brunt of it. Adjunct hiring is skyrocketing, with part-time appointments up by 300 percent...
04/14/2016
Every now and again, I used to shop the world famous French Market in New Orleans. The French Quarter marketplace hosts a series of vendors spanning six blocks along the Mississippi River. From end to end, shoppers will see a bevy of farmers’...
04/13/2016
Good things come in small packages, so the old adage says. Consider the kid-sized go-carts and mini-bikes made by Monster Moto, and soon to be assembled in Ruston. A year ago this Friday, the Texas-born company announced it was moving its...
04/11/2016
Some of you may remember hearing last year that Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s Children’s Room at the shelter had been infested with termites. This precious little room, once a storage room behind the shelter, was renovated 15 years ago with...
04/11/2016
Writing this column is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. It has nothing to do with the subject matter. Instead, it’s because I’m having trouble seeing the computer screen — my eyes are dry, itching like crazy and feeling like they might...
04/11/2016
Sometimes, it’s been what Karl Malone has done off of the court that has far transcended what he achieved on the court. And that’s saying volumes, considering that “The Mailman” is the second leading career scorer in NBA history, among the league’s...
04/09/2016
Years ago I think everyone just had siblings, cousins or family members who were a little different. In my family his name is Evan. I remember the first time I realized he wasn’t quite like his cousin who is only two days younger than him. I walked...
04/09/2016
I have a big day coming up this week. It’s a real milestone for me and a true testament to the incredible, even miraculous, possibilities in life. And there was a time when many thought I’d never see this day. But here we are and April 13 is right...
04/09/2016
Investors need to consider many factors in the process of choosing investments. One at the top of the list is an investment’s tax cost. In fact, for some individuals, this issue may be among the more influential factors when selecting investments.
04/09/2016
Question: My parents have asked me to oversee the estate planning process for our family. I have four siblings. Most of us have children of our own, but not all. We have always gotten along as a family, but I am afraid disagreements could arise,...
04/09/2016
Even if you’ve been out of school for a few years, you may still have a vivid reminder of college: your student loan debt. Since you’ve joined the workforce, you might be paying back your loans as best you can. But can you gradually reduce your...
04/08/2016
Growing up, my parents took my brother and me to every historic site and museum they could manage on our annual vacations. I’ve seen the fields at Gettysburg, walked the same paths as our founding fathers at Williamsburg and — a little closer to...
04/08/2016
Women in college are among the most likely to become victims of domestic violence. We have all been given the statistics and heard the stories from survivors, but it can be hard to imagine that you would ever be the on the other end of the story or...
04/07/2016
As I watch the race for our next president; I don’t see a Lincoln or a Jefferson emerging from the pack, and quite frankly, I’m disappointed that I don’t have more quality from which to choose. It’s not like we’ve been choosey in the past. We’ve...
04/07/2016
It’s not a secret anymore. Louisiana faces a budget crisis of historic proportions arriving at the same time that oil prices are falling dramatically. Imminent healthcare and higher education cuts have state lawmakers and citizens on their heels....
04/06/2016
Jott Delcambre didn’t have to ask Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission to consider conceptual approval of the apartment complex he wants to build on South Barnette Springs Street. He could have forged ahead, bought the property and contracted for...