Business Articles

July 26, 2016

Topic: Retirement & Social Security

10 Years and Counting: Points to Consider as You Approach Retirement

If you're a decade or so away from retirement, you've probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and …
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July 26, 2016

Topic: Retirement & Social Security

Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you'll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you'll have and how long you'll need your …
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July 26, 2016

Topic: Retirement & Social Security

Investment Planning throughout Retirement

IntroductionInvestment planning during retirement is not the same as investing for retirement and, in many ways, is more complicated.Your working years are your saving years. With luck, your income increases from year to year as you receive …
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July 26, 2016

Topic: Retirement & Social Security

Required Minimum Distributions

What are required minimum distributions (RMDs)?Required minimum distributions, often referred to as RMDs or minimum required distributions, are amounts that the federal government requires you to withdraw annually from traditional IRAs and …
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May 11, 2016

Risks of Ransomware

The FBI recently released a brochure acknowledging that, as ransomware evolves and becomes more sophisticated, there is no guarantee one will not fall victim to it.  The FBI recommends that, in addition to having a plan for preventing such …
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May 06, 2016

FBI Spotlights Rise of Ransomware

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article addressing the proliferation of ransomware campaigns. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users' access to it until a ransom is paid to …
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April 25, 2016

FBI Warns of Dramatic Increase in Business E-Mail Scams

FBI officials are warning potential victims of a dramatic rise in the business e-mail compromise scam or “B.E.C.,” a scheme that targets businesses and has resulted in massive financial losses in Phoenix and other cities.The schemers go …
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February 08, 2016

Topic: Estate

It’s Personal! 5 Tips for Avoiding Family Conflict Over Personal Property

by Cymbre Van Fossen, Vice President - Trust & Investments, First Business Trust & Investments We’ve all heard “it’s not personal” when it comes to keeping emotion out of business and money matters. But …
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November 25, 2015

Topic: Estate

Year-End Charitable Giving

With the holiday season upon us, and the end of one year and the start of another approaching, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. It is also a time when charitable giving often comes to mind. Charitable giving can …
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November 17, 2015

College Saving Options

College costs For the 2014/2015 college year, the average annual cost of attendance (known as the COA) at a four-year public college for in-state students is $23,410, the average cost at a four-year public college for out-of-state students is …
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November 17, 2015

Determining Eligibility for Social Security Benefits

What is it? Before you receive any Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need to determine your eligibility. Remember that Social Security is an insurance system designed to pay you benefits during times of …
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November 17, 2015

Determining the Value of Your Business

What is valuation? Assignment of price or dollar value The basic concept of valuation is to determine a justifiable dollar value or price for a total or partial interest in your closely held business. It is the process of answering the …
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