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Do You Have a Written Income Plan for Retirement?

Key Elements to Retirement Planning

“Age 85 is a bad time to go broke,” says expert retirement planner Jeff Gorton.  Personal savings, various investments and, yes, Social Security may prove to be short of what you’d expected. “Budgeting how you spend money before retirement can often be a misleading measurement of how you’ll actually spend it during retirement,” says Gorton,… Read More →

Re-balancing an investment portfolio?

Reviewing Investments Annually

When it comes to rebalancing an investment portfolio in today’s economic arena it can be very confusing to choose the right method. Most money-management firms and independent financial advisors use different rebalancing strategies so it’s important to know what approach they use and how often. I also find that many investors focus on their investment… Read More →

Arizona's rocky relationship with the EPA

Show Phoenix Pride, Photo: Michael Ruiz, Flickr

I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it harder to… Read More →

Arizona’s rocky relationship with the EPA

Show Phoenix Pride, Photo: Michael Ruiz, Flickr
August 12, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it harder to… Read More →

Why Everyone Needs an ‘Incapacity Plan’

Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Dementia has become the No. 1 cause of disability globally, according to the World Health Organization. Stroke, which can also profoundly impair judgment and decision-making, stands at No. 2. “This year, 7.7 million new cases of dementia will be diagnosed, and 15 million people will suffer a stroke,” says CPA Jim Kohles, chairman of RINA… Read More →

Arizona needs clear message to capitalize on energy

energy supply - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012

States with the most successful industry clusters have a common characteristic — unwavering support from government, industry and the public. The oil and gas industry in Texas was built with support for the industry from all levels. Such support is not garnered unless the industry has a common voice in articulating its needs. To some… Read More →

Habitat for Humanity is built by volunteers

Reviving the Construction Industry

There are many good people in Arizona. Several weeks ago, a group of them stood in searing summer heat celebrating the completion of another Habitat for Humanity home-renovation project for a deserving family. We are often asked how we’re able to build or renovate homes during Arizona’s oppressive summer months and despite the economic challenges. … Read More →

The Myth Of The Shark Tank

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July 22, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight

Television makes it look like VC firms and Angel investors are lining up to take your great idea and give you all the money you need to get your restaurant or other venture off the ground. The truth is, only about two percent of small businesses have what equity investors are looking for—and unless you’re… Read More →

How to create Optimal Summer Skin

Makucell Skincare

Surviving a scorching Arizona summer means mastering the art of keeping cool. For some, that entails lathering on the SPF and flocking to the backyard or community swimming pool, while others beat the heat with a crank of the thermostat, relishing the air-conditioned indoors. Whether or not you’ve suffered from dry, cracked skin or that… Read More →

Taking the accounting department mobile

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According to a 2013 Bill.com survey, 66 percent of finance executives use mobile applications to approve bills and collect payments on some level. Accounting professionals have been chained to their desktops for decades, but the increasing popularity of the cloud has allowed businesses to access critical information any time they have access to Wi-Fi. The… Read More →

Preparation for Loan Approval

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While small business owners appear to have a good grip on managing their companies, they are often unsure about what to do to properly prepare for loan approval.. According to the Small Business Association Lending Index report, big banks approved 15.1 percent of small business loans in February 2012. While we are seeing a slight… Read More →

Time to vote yes on immigration bill

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June 24, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight

If you were worried that the Gang of Eight’s immigration overhaul efforts didn’t sufficiently address border security, then then amendment filed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-ND) should put any fears to rest. Sen. Hoeven last week said his amendment language is “almost overkill.” It’s not almost overkill, it is overkill. But… Read More →

Will Your Beneficiaries Beat the Odds?

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Two-thirds of baby boomers will inherit a total $7.6 trillion in their lifetimes, according to the Boston College Center for Retirement Research — that’s $1.7 trillion more than China’s 2012 GDP. But they’ll lose 70 percent of that legacy, and not because of taxes. By the end of their children’s lives — the third generation… Read More →

How Culture Trumps Policy, impacts Workplace Violence

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“The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is an old Japanese saying that took hold in our post World War II corporate America culture. This phrase encourages an unspoken rule of conformity combined with an authoritarian hierarchical structure. Today it is important for business leaders to consider the impact this has in American workplaces.… Read More →