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April 11th, 2015

Does your plan need a makeover?

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Generally, you feel better — more confident — when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s going to be taking care of you. Perhaps your portfolio is overweighted in stocks. Maybe you’d like to spice up your portfolio with commodities. Whatever you have in mind, it’s always a good move to regularly review your investments and make decisions about your financial strategies.

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How to be an ‘environmental’ investor

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Next week, we observe the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has inspired millions of people to take action to improve the environment. But the lessons of environmentalism can also be applied to other areas of life — such as investing. Specifically, as an investor, you may well want to follow the “three Rs”: reduce, reuse and recycle.
Let’s see how these environmental themes can be applied to your investment habits:

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Debt, demographics and decisions

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Question: What do you think is the next financial crisis ahead for our country and what can we do to get ready for it?
Answer: Often when I get this one, the questioner is looking for me to sanction some version of “start a garden, clean your gun and stock up on gold and Gatorade.”
Those that would follow such advice did so long ago and are still living in the woods. For the other 99.9 percent of us, the solutions are not so easy, but the problems are real.
Our nation faces significant challenges in three areas: debt, demographics and decisions.

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Larry Cordaro has huge year for Generals

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Larry Cordaro didn’t just make a debut appearance as head coach for LSU-Alexandria men’s basketball this year.
He became the most popular person on campus.
Under the leadership of the Ruston native and Ruston High School graduate, the start-up program did the following:
• Won 20-plus games (23-4).
• Produced a perfect record (11-0) record at home, where the appropriately named “The Fort” became a dreaded destination for opposing teams.
• Captured a Red River Conference championship.
• Ranked No. 17 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll for Division I.

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’Dogs hold football scrimmage

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Skip Holtz and the Louisiana Tech coaching staff focused on evaluating individuals on a beautiful Saturday afternoon inside Joe Aillet Stadium as they put the team through a whopping 160 plays.
The three different teams went through eight-play series with the ones, twos and threes all getting in an equal amount of work on practice No. 13 in preparation for the spring game finale which is only a week away.

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MTSU rallies to defeat Diamond ’Dogs

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After leading for seven and a half innings, things unraveled for Louisiana Tech in the eighth when Middle Tennessee scored six runs to complete an 8-6 come-from-behind victory, which tied the series 1-1, Saturday at Reese Smith Jr. Field.

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Boys And Girls Clubs Pro Day Photo Gallery

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT • Top Left: Louisiana Tech running back Jay Gafford (23) joined the instructors in teaching fundamentals to athletes attending the annual Boys and Girls Club Pro Day on Saturday. Top Right: Former Louisiana Tech standout Quarvay Winbush watches young athletes go through a ladder run exercise. Bottom Left: Toriano Young (pointing), who played at both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State, was one of the Pro Day instructors.

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RHS track and field teams running strong

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The Ruston Lady Bearcats track and field team roared to first place finishes in their last two meets.
Ruston’s boys team also turned in solid performances with a fourth-place finish at the Hoss Garrett Relays on March 27 and a third-place finish at the North DeSoto Griffin Spring Break Invitational on Friday.
The Lady Bearcats easily won both meets, totaling 199 points in their own Hoss Garrett Relays and 175.5 in the North DeSoto.

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North DeSoto meet results

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GIRLS
Team - Points
1. Ruston - 175.5
2. Airline - 112
3. Natchitoches Central - 66
4. Parkway - 53.5
5. North DeSoto - 49
6. Haughton - 48
7. Byrd - 33
8. Huntington - 22
9. Captrain Shreve - 13.5
10. New Living Word - 5
11. North DeSoto JV - 4.5
BOYS
Team - Points
1. Haughton - 98.5
2. Natchitoches Central - 92
3. Ruston - 88.5
4. North DeSoto - 65
5. Airline - 64
6. Fair Park - 58.5
7. Captain Shreve - 34
8. Parkway - 28
9. Huntingon - 27
10. Green Oaks - 14
11. New Living Word - 9.5

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Hoss Garrett Relays results

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GIRLS
Team - Points
1. Ruston - 199
2. Captain Shreve - 137
3. Winnfield - 98
4. Byrd - 62
5. Rayville - 52
6. Simsboro - 27.5
7. Epps - 9.5
8. Grambling Lab - 8
9. Evangel - 7
10. General Trass - 6
11. Lakeside - 1
BOYS
Team - Points
1. Capt. Shreve - 164.5
2. Winnfield - 113.5
3. Evangel - 97.25
4. Ruston - 88
5. Byrd - 43.5
6. Rayville - 34.25
7. General Trass - 27
7. Grambling Lab - 27
9. Simsboro - 22
10. Epps - 19
11. Choudrant - 12

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