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Foolproof your disaster plan (Multifamily Housing)

November 14, 2012 by  
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As we enter the summer hurricane season, emergency preparedness experts say many property management companies need to pay close attention to their disaster plans. Effective preparedness starts with evaluating the risks, securing the property, putting together a written plan and having a strong commitment to disaster planning at all levels of the organization. Put your […]

Restore Act critical in helping Gulf Coast (National Wildlife Federation)

November 14, 2012 by  
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According to some estimates, BP could face as much as $20 billion in fines from the Clean Water Act for its responsibility in the Gulf oil disaster of 2010. Environmental advocates and organizations say the proposed RESTORE Act is essential to put fine money directly to work in restoring the Gulf Coast. The RESTORE Act […]

Inflation makes big incomes smaller (Yahoo Finance)

November 14, 2012 by  
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One hundred thousand dollars. Since the 1980s, the magical “six-figure” salary has been a benchmark for financial success. Not too long ago, that income often meant two nice cars in the garage of a large house, fun family vacations and plenty of money left over to save for retirement and college tuition. But times have […]

Check your insurance coverage as hurricane season arrives (HSH.com)

November 14, 2012 by  
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As we near the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season, homeowners in coastal areas should take a closer look at their insurance coverage. Unlike traditional homeowners insurance, the windstorm or hurricane part of a policy carries a higher deductible that can be as much as 5 percent of the home’s value. Having the […]

The financial impact of divorce (Mintlife.com)

November 14, 2012 by  
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Divorce is not only an emotionally trying experience, but it can be a financially devastating one, as well. According to the web site Maritalstatus.com, the average cost of a divorce in the United States now runs about $20,000. From legal fees and alimony payments, to the division of assets and possible tax consequences, the costs […]

Max out your FSA before year’s end (Mintlife.com)

November 14, 2012 by  
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Flexible spending accounts, also known as FSAs, are popular benefits provided by employers that allow workers to set aside money to cover health-related expenses. Contributions are made to the account on a pre-tax basis, which can add up to a lot of savings. The problem is, any funds that aren’t used by the end of […]

Most funds underperforming indexes, S&P study says (Better Investing Magazine)

November 14, 2012 by  
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The ongoing debate of index vs. active investing may never be settled, but research shows that passive investing is a sound strategy. In fact, during a five-year period, three-fourths of managers at over 2,900 funds failed to meet comparable benchmarks in their fund categories. Although data indicates that active management performance does improve over time, […]

Bigger than Auto (Collaborate Magazine)

November 14, 2012 by  
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It’s not a well-known fact, but meetings have a bigger economic impact than the auto or gambling industries. Just ask the boat captains, restaurant servers and small business owners in cities such as New Orleans and Grand Rapids. As a fifth generation boat pilot, Troy Manthey knows very well the impact that meetings and conventions […]

From Prison Bars to Business Stars (Portfolio.com)

November 10, 2012 by  
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Portfolio.com — The Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Texas transforms convicted felons into successful business owners by turning their criminal entrepreneurial aspirations to legal industries. When you hit the streets after an eight-year stretch in prison and find no one wants to hire you, there isn’t much to lose in starting your own business. Cedric Hornbuckle […]