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Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring order to our world. But in some parts of our life — such as investing — assumptions can prove dangerous.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the sweeping biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” transforms in the midst of its theatrical release from a living tribute to a big-screen eulogy.
Each of us at some point in our life will be faced with a life limiting illness, either personally or facing the death of a loved one. There is an incredible resource in this community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s Hospice of the Southwest.
At many places of work, it’s “open enrollment” season — the time where you get to make changes to the various benefits you receive from your employer. As you review your overall benefits package, what areas should you focus on?
When it was time for Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle Milich to get a new dog she figured an American Bulldog, known for no major health problems and low grooming, would be a good choice. She had a family member looking to get rid of an American Bulldog and the timing seemed like fate, but looking back Milich had no idea what fate had in store.
In Arizona, Jan. 1, 2014 marks a historic moment in health care choice. Obamacare, which takes effect then, includes a little noticed provision whose long-term impact is likely to be vast.
Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honors local business women through the Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
How can you save $5,000 when you close on your new home and continue the savings for the life of the loan? It is very easy. FHA loans have become more and more expensive, so lenders have come up with conventional options to FHA financing. FHA continues to increase the cost of mortgage insurance premiums, which adds hundreds of dollars to the monthly mortgage payment pricing some buyers out of the market for a new home. Lenders are now offering 3 percent down conventional loans, which do not require 1.75 percent of the loan amount up front.
Rates are down and values are up, which most of us know is generally a good sign that it might be time to consider a refinance. However, there are several less obvious factors to consider that may also indicate that it’s a great time to refinance. Here are just a few:
In life, when situations become difficult and unbearable to handle, it seems that a family’s love is a way to keep all the pieces together.
Glued to your desk at work? Cross that off the list of reasons not to exercise.
Reach Chandler Edward Jones Financial Adviser Marcia Kennedy -- or inquire about a free life insurance policy and beneficiary review -- at (480) 857-0485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Mad Men" meets "The Artist" in "Populaire," a superbly crafted, finely acted but somewhat shallow retro rom-com about a young French secretary who, with the help of her highly persuasive boss, hammers her way to becoming one of the fastest typists on the planet.
Fall is almost officially here — and if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering how summer went by so fast. Those trips to the lake or the beach are fading in memory now, giving way to helping kids with homework, raking leaves and the other rites of autumn. And just as your day-to-day tasks change with the seasons, so, too, will your money management and investment activities at different phases of your life.
Making the decision to purchase or refinance a home is one of those major decisions most of us only make a few times in our life. With so many mortgage options available to you, choosing the right lender can be agonizing.
The Bagnall Company announced that Lisa Moore has joined the company as senior analyst-benefit and contracts.
A few months ago, Alan and Mike DeNaro of Massachusetts packed for a flight to Phoenix. When they arrived, father and son drove 15 minutes from the airport to the world-famous Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, where Mike participated in an Advanced Teen Driving 3-Day course.
Almost everyone would agree: Moving is a hassle. In addition to selling your current home and finding a new one, you may need to deal with a new school for your kids, a new doctor, a new dentist — the list goes on and on. But you’ll also need to consider the financial aspects of your move — specifically, your investments, insurance, taxes and even your estate plans.
As we go about our daily commute and our lives, we don’t often give much thought to the roads that get us there.
Q: My mom will be moving in with us and I will be her main caregiver. How can I best prepare for this transition in our lives?
If you’re planning to get remarried, you have plenty of company: More than 40 percent of all U.S. weddings are second marriages for at least one of the participants, according to an estimate by the National Stepfamily Resource Center. Naturally, a second marriage will bring many changes to your life — not the least of which may be changes in your financial strategy and goals.
When people ask me why I am running for the Phoenix City Council, my answer is very straightforward. I grew up here, ran a small business, and raised a child here. I understand on the most personal level what a terrific community Phoenix is and I want to see our city realize its true potential as one of our nation’s greatest cities, with excellent educational, cultural, and work opportunities.
Like everyone else, you want to leave a legacy. To make it happen, though, you need to do some estate planning. For most of us, that sounds like a scary task, but it doesn’t have to be — as long as you break it down into a few key moves.