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Calculating the real retirement number

The “million dollar” question many of those preparing for retirement ask themselves is simply stated but not necessarily easy to answer – “how much money do I need to save to secure a comfortable retirement?” In some circles, this is referred to as “the number” – that magical figure that tells pre-retirees how prepared they…

Relaxing at the Hyatt on the American Riviera
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Relaxing at the Hyatt on the American Riviera

  Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera. With its wonderful beaches, perfect weather and iconic mission-styled architecture, it is easy to see why. And with resorts like the historic Hyatt Santa Barbara encapsulating this distinctive Californian charm, it is also easy to see why a friend and I had such a great time…

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Making a difference, one pet at a time…It takes a shelter

The beauty of senior animals As part of our continuing desire to focus on those in our community who care for unwanted animals, we are highlighting here the work that animal rescue organizations do in helping those animals find homes. “Oooh! Look at this one! Shes SO pretty!” The middle-aged-looking couple was at a cat…

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Smart Women Smart Money – Stock Market

Hi Emmy. I really enjoy reading your new column. Now that the stock market seems to be booming again, is there any particular bandwagon you can advise me to jump on? Well, that all depends on how bumpy of a ride you can handle. Does your rumble seat have a lot of cushion left? All…

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Eyes wide open

By Lisa Magno I found this check list from The Costa Mesa Police Department. It seems to be the best I’ve seen, so I re-print it A LOT. Please, if you are a senior READ THIS LIST and if you are a friend or caretaker of a senior PASS IT ON!! When You Are Out…

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The taxpayer relief act – what a relief it is

We’ve skirted the Fiscal Cliff for now. However, I’m confident congress will drag us back there again soon. Thanks to their efforts, our nation now has a permanent personal income tax guidelines. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 has been enacted. How does the ATRA affect us? Let me count the ways, albeit briefly:…

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When it ‘rains it pours’

By Lisa Magno It’s estimated that for every one case of elder abuse reported to authorities, about five go unreported. Those same estimates believe that overall reporting of financial exploitation at only 1 in 25 cases, suggesting that there here may be at least 5 million financial abuse victims each year in the United States….

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