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  • Sound reasoning should guide investment decisions

    By Tim Dameron
    Business Columnist | February 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

    When the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates in December, did you feel obligated to buy, sell or change your investing strategy solely on that knowledge?

  • Be ready to act when market makes a correction

    By Chet Osterhoudt
    Business Columnist | February 19, 2016 - 5:40pm

    A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10 percent from its previous high.

  • Not everyone sees a positive side to gas price decline

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | February 12, 2016 - 4:39pm

    A funny thing has happened on the way to the gas pump. The more gas prices have dropped, the more concerns there seem to be about the economy.

  • Changes continue in N.C. tax system

    By Mary Currie
    Business Columnist | February 5, 2016 - 5:55pm

    North Carolina has undergone many tax changes in the last few years, and that will continue in 2016.

  • State debates whether to borrow money

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | January 22, 2016 - 6:27pm

    North Carolinians are being asked to consider a big mortgage for the state.

  • History might not predict election's effect

    By Rocky Speight
    Business Columnist | January 15, 2016 - 6:45pm

    We’re just a few weeks away from the first caucuses and primaries, so presidential election season is in full swing.

  • New law ends two Social Security strategies

    By Anthony Engrassia
    Business Columnist | January 8, 2016 - 6:50pm

    When President Barack Obama signed the 2015 budget act on Nov. 2, he also closed two Social Security loopholes a growing number of married couples were using.

  • Financial planning goes through stages

    By Tim Dameron
    Business Columnist | December 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

    Just as there are four seasons in a year, there are different seasons of financial planning during your lifetime.

  • Now is the time for new year’s financial resolutions

    By Chet Osterhoudt
    Business Columnist | December 18, 2015 - 5:32pm

    The countdown to 2016 has about begun.

  • Fed’s work sparks impassioned reactions

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | December 11, 2015 - 6:27pm

    Few institutions generate more mystery and controversy than the Federal Reserve – the “Fed” for short.

  • Complex rules govern claiming a dependent

    By Mary Currie
    Business Columnist | December 4, 2015 - 4:54pm

    Every year, the questions that comes up over and over is, “Can I claim him (or her) as my dependent?”There are several criteria that must be met to determine if someone can be claimed as a dependent.

  • You might be busy, but what comes out of all that effort?

    By Dr. Mark Frohman
    Business Columnist | November 27, 2015 - 4:00pm

    Busy? Probably. But unfortunately, being busy does not necessarily mean being productive. The opposite often is closer to the truth.

  • Don’t let market volatility drive decisions

    By Anthony Engrassia
    Business Columnist | November 6, 2015 - 4:20pm

    When the market fluctuates significantly, as it has done in recent months, it is difficult to know exactly what to do with your investment portfolio.

  • Realistic planning ensures you set achievable goals

    By Christy Skojec Taylor
    Business Columnist | October 30, 2015 - 2:06pm

    Finding success in life isn’t about hitting every goal you set.

  • Five steps ease work-to-retirement move

    By Tim Dameron
    Business Columnist | October 23, 2015 - 2:20pm

    Your 60s might be one of the decades in which you face the most significant lifestyle and financial changes – so it’s normal to experience mixed emotions about money and retirement.

  • Turn time into an ally in your investing strategy

    By Chet Osterhoudt
    Business Column | October 16, 2015 - 5:08pm

    When used well, time can be your greatest gift in many walks of life – and that’s certainly true when you invest.

  • Humble letter is effective marketing tool

    By Todd Hinson
    Business Columnist | October 9, 2015 - 4:18pm

    Building a customer relationship is good for business and is much less expensive than always having to find new customers.

  • Running late? Again? You shouldn’t be surprised

    By Dr. Mark Frohman
    Business Columnist | September 25, 2015 - 5:24pm

    ‘Oh no, late again!”How many times have you heard yourself or someone else say that when an important project or assignment was woefully behind or, worse yet, late?

  • Belk sale represents retail revolution

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | September 18, 2015 - 4:32pm

    It might not be too long before the Belk name is gone from retailing.

  • Planning reduces stress over post-retirement income

    By Anthony Engrassia
    Business Columnist | September 4, 2015 - 6:51pm

    During your working years, your top priority is to build retirement savings so that you can have a consistent, sustainable income afterward.

  • Four steps raise employee satisfaction

    By Christy Taylor Skojec
    Business Columnist | August 28, 2015 - 6:14pm

    Employees want to love their jobs, and it’s up to employers to help make that happen.

  • Individual factors influence life insurance coverage

    By Tim Dameron
    Business Columnist | August 21, 2015 - 5:42pm

    For most people, it isn’t a question of whether to own life insurance, but what kind of coverage is most appropriate for your circumstances.

  • Fundamentals lead to investing success

    By Chet Osterhoudt
    Business Columnist | August 14, 2015 - 4:40pm

    Many people look for the “secrets” to investment success. Is their “market timing” just right?

  • Content marketing delivers targeted messaging

    By Todd Hinson
    Business Columnist | August 7, 2015 - 1:54pm

    It is easier than ever for us as consumers to avoid the “noise” from today’s marketers.

  • Styles govern your communication with others

    By Dr. Mark Frohman
    Business Columnist | July 24, 2015 - 5:04pm

    Different people communicate differently. Undoubtedly, you already know that.