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Smart Women, Smart Money: Benificiary

Dear Emmy, I’ve recently changed my will and now my son will receive any unused funds from my retirement plan. Do I need to change the beneficiary on my IRA as well? Yes. Funds held in your IRA or 401(k) will transfer to whoever is specifically listed as your plan’s beneficiary in spite of your…

Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: “PRINCESS”
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Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: “PRINCESS”

Female, born approx. 6/2012 Brown Tabby Princess is loving, playful, and expressive. She’s a beautiful, soft, brown tabby who looks a bit like a Maine Coon. She’s already been a great mom to two kittens. Motherhood even calmed down her kittenish nature, making her a truly wonderful companion, who loves to be petted. She was…

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Covering Essential Expenses in Retirement

Today’s retirees face unique challenges – including prolonged periods of market uncertainty and longer average lifespans – which make thoughtfully planning for retirement more critical than ever. For most, feeling more confident about retirement comes down to the ability to pay for essential expenses – the predictable and recurring costs of life’s necessities. Some of…

Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: Meet MIRA, Our Miracle!
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Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: Meet MIRA, Our Miracle!

Young Female Tortie (Tortoiseshell) Born approx. 2/2013 MIRA is short for Miracle, and that’s just what cute little Mira is! She was abandoned, starving, in a hot parking lot, meowing loudly. No one would help her. Then, a kind “angel” heard her pleas, and scooped her up. The angel saw to it that Mira is…

Summer Fun and Food in Avila Beach
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Summer Fun and Food in Avila Beach

If I close my eyes I can almost see the old wooden pier standing in the sea and hear the rocks rolling in the waves outside my window. I can almost feel the refreshing ocean breeze filter through my beach-front room. And I can almost taste all the wonderful food I had during my recent…

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Celebrate Financial Independence

Generations of Americans have sought financial independence through both economic highs and lows. As we celebrate Independence Day this month, take time to celebrate the freedoms our democracy offers and also reflect on what you can do to help ensure long-term financial stability for yourself and your family. Consider the following ideas and actions: ”…

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How To: Convert your Workplace Savings to a Roth

How To: Convert your Workplace Savings to a Roth If you are like many people, the majority of the money you’ve set aside for retirement is held in your workplace savings plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b). When the time comes to draw income from this portion of your nest egg, most or all…

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