In the midst of a busy schedule, many people forget to step back and take stock of their financial situation on a regular basis. But the California Society of CPAs (www.calcpa.org) recommends doing a financial check up at least annually to be sure that you're making smart choices with your money and staying on track to meet your near- and long-term financial goals.
It's time to get your flu shot! You hear that message from your physician. You see the signs at your pharmacy. In recent years that message was targeted to specific groups: children, people with chronic illnesses, anyone over age 65, and all individuals working in healthcare or with children.
Oak Valley Hospital officials received good news from auditors, TCA Partners LLP, at the completion of the audit for the hospital's fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
You can scarcely turn on the TV without seeing ads for reverse mortgages. They're touted as a great tool for cash-strapped seniors to tap their home equity to pay off bills while remaining in their homes with no monthly mortgage payments. Although that may be true for some people, these complicated and costly loans aren't right for everyone, so it pays to do your homework.
Just when you thought you could take a break from financial drama, following the resolution of the debt ceiling issue, here comes Act 2: the downgrade of the U.S. long-term credit rating. As a citizen, you may be feeling frustrated. And as an investor, you might be getting worried. But is this concern really justified?
DeleteEveryone knows that it's important to get your oil changed regularly and to keep your tires properly inflated, but have you thought about performing the same kinds of maintenance on your finances?
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things go wrong afield and one of your favorite pieces of gear malfunctions. I recall once as we were trekking across the old Immigrant Road that runs from Highway 4 in Hermit Valley to Deer Valley off of Highway 88. The road is a very rugged jeep trail that only the most determined 4 wheelers can negotiate, and is littered with pieces of broken gear that has fallen off the vehicles trying to traverse the road. Our goal on the trip in question was to fish for wilderness trout in a section of ...
U.S. investors have close to $12 trillion socked away in mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute. About 44 percent of U.S. households - or roughly 90 million investors - have a mutual fund investment. Despite a surge of withdrawals during the height of past market uncertainties, mutual funds clearly still remain a popular investment option for many people.
In earlier columns, I've highlighted some of the positive impacts of healthcare reform legislation for patients and communities. Today, I want to caution about potential cost implications not associated with quality care or access to health care. With legislation as massive and encompassing as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, new regulations, measurement standards and expectations roll in every month. Some are anticipated; some are not.
Nervous investors have faced many challenges over the last few years searching for safe havens. That's one reason many turn to annuities to ensure a steady stream of retirement income. But with so many types of annuities offered - and complex rules, fees and restrictions - it's not uncommon for investors to buy products not ideally suited to their needs.
With recent rains filling the State reservoirs and the above average snowpack in the Sierra, Governor Jerry Brown declared California's three-year drought officially over on March 31 of this year. While the "state of emergency" may be over, the problem is not going away. Anyone who has lived in the Valley for the last decade knows that next year could see a return to below normal rainfalls and snow. Snow in the mountains is critical for the Valley because it is our summer water for homes, businesses, electricity and farming. The snow melts and trickles into streams, which empty ...
We are all concerned about our health and we want to find the answer to staying young and healthy. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix or easy answer! Health care fraud and scams play on our desire for an easy fix to problems such as obesity, stress, and even serious diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.
June is a month of celebrations – from Father's Day and graduations, to weddings and, of course, the first day of summer. It is appropriate, then, that we also take June to celebrate a food that is such an important part of our daily lives and an essential ingredient in these occasions – dairy.
Parents, if your high school senior is about to graduate, you have my heart-felt congratulations - and my sympathy. As your checkbook can attest, this has been an expensive year and it's not over yet. You're probably still facing graduation gifts and many other expenses.
They are simple to complete. They are free. They are of tremendous benefit to family. So why do just 25 percent of all Californians have an Advance Health Care Directive?