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May 19th, 2018

Don’t ignore small signs from your body

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The last thing I told a co-worker as I left the Daily Leader late last Saturday night was “Don’t be surprised if I end up in the hospital by morning. I just don’t feel right.”
She’s told me since that she didn’t take me seriously, and with good reason — I really wasn’t taking myself seriously either.
That’s where I was wrong. Big or small, you should always pay attention to the signs your body is giving you.
I didn’t at first, and I paid the price. Fortunately I was lucky and my price wasn’t nearly as much it could have been. It could have cost me everything.

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Meeting your short-term goals

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Why do you invest? If you were like most people, you’d probably say that, among other things, you want to retire comfortably.
Obviously, that’s a worthy long-term goal, requiring long-term investing. But as you journey through life, you’ll also have short-term goals, such as buying a second home, remodeling your kitchen or taking a much-needed vacation.
Will you need to invest differently for these goals than you would for the long-term ones?
To answer that question, let’s first look at how you might invest to achieve your longer-term goals.

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Annuities – what are they? Do YOU need one?

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Question: I’ve been hearing advertisements on the radio for annuities for retirement. What are these and do I need one?
Answer: Annuities may be a useful tool in your retirement income toolkit. But they are no substitute for a plan.
At its simplest, an annuity is guaranteed money in your mailbox every month.

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Planning for an unexpected early retirement

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Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated. About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.* Corporate restructuring and downsizing are both components of this statistic, but an earlier-than-expected retirement could also happen due to a health condition or the need to care for a loved one.

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Students present at Economic Scholars Program Conference

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Nine Louisiana Tech University College of Business students recently attended the 12th annual undergraduate research conference for the Economic Scholars Program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. With more than 90 submissions from over 20 universities, seven College of Business students were selected as presenters, poster session presenters, and discussants.
Senior economics major Mallory Schwarz, of Houston, Texas, presented her paper, “The Impact of NAFTA on North American Business Cycle Volatility.”

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2High Trampoline Park ribbon cutting set

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for 2High Trampoline Park on April 26. 2High Trampoline Park, owned and operated by Cindy and Matt Ludwig is open Tuesday-Sunday.

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Christ Church cuts ribbon

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Christ Church Ruston on April 10. CCR is an expansion of Christ Church of West Monroe. Ruston services are held 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays.

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Local man celebrates 93rd birthday

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Yank Reis celebrated his 93rd birthday late last month with a party at Sundown Tavern. Reis is pictured seated in the middle of the second row. Joining in on the celebration were, standing at top: Benjamin Thomas; seated on the second row flanking Reis: Lori Ann Reis Stuart (left) and Joe Reis (right). Sitting in front are Reis’ great-grandchildren (from left to right) Gatlin Stuart, Eli Thomas and Reis Thomas.

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Argent Financial Group earns Stevie Award for Financial Services Company of the Year

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Argent Financial Group has been named the winner of a Stevie Award for Company of the Year in the 16th Annual American Business Awards.
The Ruston-based financial services company received a bronze award in the large financial services industry category.
This is the first year Argent has won a Stevie Award, which is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top business awards, according to a press release.
More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.

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Arkansas singing ‘Swan Song’

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A football coach is retiring after season ends. His last game is often affectionately referred to as his “swan song.” If the coach knew what that phrase really meant, he might decide to hang on a few more seasons; it is thought to be derived from the supposed behavior of swans singing just before they die.
In the case of trumpeter swans, that was undoubtedly the case a decade or so ago.

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