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10/01/2011
Question: I own my own business. Several years ago my son came into the business. One day I would like for him to own it. Is it better to try to sell it to him now, or just leave it to him in my will? Answer: If your business is successful, good for...
10/01/2011
If your investment portfolio consists of only equities, you may want to diversify. Stocks and other equity securities are an important part of your investment mix, but you may also want to consider some fixed income investments like municipal bonds...
10/01/2011
I visited with you about some of these before and here are some more. It’s not going to be the major upheavals and challenges in my life that finally push me over the edge. It seems like when life dishes out its biggest cataclysmic waves, somehow we...
09/30/2011
When I was growing up, I loved watching football. This probably isn’t big news to most people in the area — since just about everyone loves football these days — but my love for the game was definitely something I remember. While these days I...
09/30/2011
It was almost like watching a scene in a B-grade monster movie. Just before being attacked by the monster mutant, the victim empties his revolver into the beast and then, in one last futile gesture, throws the gun at the creature before being...
09/30/2011
Note: I’ve never read, much less written for Rolling Stone Magazine, so please bear with me while I write my first concert review Out Here on the Edges with Frank Foster You may not have a fightin’side When someone dares to cross that line But some...
09/29/2011
I usually get up with a positive attitude and a smile, after I have gotten my Diet Sprite with cherry. But this morning quickly twisted my cheery smile into a contemplating scowl. There weren’t any signs from the recent derailment, so I had assumed...
09/29/2011
As I celebrated another birthday on Wednesday, it was a time for reflection about the people of my generation. To give a ballpark figure for my age, I’ll just say it was 1998 when I graduated from college. During my grade-school years, our whole...
09/28/2011
Early on in my business school career, a professor emphasized that in order to succeed at business we’d have to stop thinking like consumers. I’ve been in business school long enough that I am really starting to see the business side of things. I’d...
09/28/2011
It was the worst time in the world for an itinerant scissors grinder to be knocking at Jed Marley’s door. As one of the many barely-hanging-on sharecroppers in our sassafras and red clay hill part of the world, the year had been a disaster for Jed....
09/27/2011
Man — I thought that a change in weather to cooler temperatures would give us a rain. Well I guess I got mine. I got one of the two-inch rains on one afternoon and the next day I was over at the Walmart parking lot when one of the six-inch rains...
09/27/2011
Despite promises of a better economy, we are almost in the financial “tank” if things keep going the way they are, especially with concerns on Wall Street and in the housing market. Let us not forget the employment situation; let us not forget that...
09/27/2011
Lincoln Parish 4-H has gone to the dogs — the bulldogs that is. I know what you are thinking, but no, we are not talking about the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. This year we are focusing our educational programming on cyberbullying. We are educating the...
09/26/2011
As women age and experience childbirth, as well as other strenuous physical activities, certain muscle groups aren’t as strong as they used to be. A woman’s pelvic floor — the muscle group responsible for supporting the pelvic organs — can weaken...
09/26/2011
As my due date draws closer and closer, I have begun what many would call nesting — attempting to organize and clean everything in preparation for the upcoming arrival of the baby. However, with this also comes the joyous task of registering for...
09/24/2011
I’m really not a huge fan of television these days. Due to the strong inappropriate messages and vulgarity frequently seen and heard, I generally switch to programming that is decent according to my values. Occasionally I do enjoy watching old...
09/24/2011
The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual poverty report, released this morning, found that 46.2 million Americans, or one in seven of us, were poor in 2010. The prolonged recession, with its high levels of unemployment, clearly has swollen the ranks of the...
09/24/2011
Question: I am nearly 30 years old. I am still paying off student loans, two car notes and some credit card debt. However, I think I have enough money to put toward investments. I am wondering whether I should buy individual stocks or a mutual fund...
09/24/2011
When you invest in stocks, you want their price to go up. But of course, you can’t control the rise and fall of stock prices. However, there is a key element of investing that you can control — the number of shares you own. And in the long run,...
09/24/2011
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with...