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Daniel Poulos
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February 23, 2007
Don't get caught mortgage trolling - In my nearly 20 years in the mortgage business in Palm Beach County, I have never seen so much mortgage advertising specifically designed to mislead the consumer. Lenders and lead generation companies have ramped up their trolling by e-mail, snail mail and phone. Dragging baits that all sound too good to be true, these marketers lure in many unsus... Full Story


December 12, 2008
Look for post-election investment opportunities - Over the past few weeks, the country's attention has been riveted on the presidential election. Of course, we didn't exactly forget that we're in difficult economic times, but we did have something else on which to concentrate our thoughts and energies. Now, however, the election is over, and, for many of us, it's back to focusing on the economy ... Full Story

Sally Stahl
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May 9, 2008
What to expect from a financial advisor - The investment world can be complex, and trying to navigate it by yourself is a daunting task. That's why you may want to work with a professional financial advisor: someone with the experience and resources to help you reach all your important financial objectives. Your first task is to find a financial advisor with whom you will be comfortable.... Full Story

Vivian Cubilla
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June 15, 2007
Should you speed up mortgage payments or increase investments? - Most people who have mortgages dream of a day when they won't. In fact, many mortgage-holders speed up their payments to make that day arrive sooner. Is that smart, from a financial standpoint? Not necessarily. This point is highlighted by a 2006 study prepared by economists for the National Bureau of Economic Research. About 38 percent of U.S. ho... Full Story

Alan Boggs
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December 5, 2008
Gift card tips - "Because we care about the people in the hometowns we serve," said Alan Boggs, Riverside Bank President in Brevard County, "we are providing the following tips for consumers to make better choices when purchasing gift cards this holiday season." . Only buy gift cards from reputable sources. Stay away from online auction sites, which may have coun... Full Story

Robert Kulas
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April 23, 2010
What keeps a new mom up at night besides the baby? - The birth of a new baby is a wondrous, joyous event. Henry David Thoreau said that, "every child begins the world again." Your world certainly began anew with your new baby. It was a long path and it all seemed to happen so fast. But it seems like there are still so many decisions to be made now and as your baby grows from infant to toddler, to s... Full Story


April 11, 2014
Turn your retirement "vision" into reality - Retirement can be an exciting, active time of your life. But if you're going to get the full benefits from your retirement years -- which could last two, or even three, decades -- you'll need to have a vision for what you want to do. And to transform this vision into reality, you'll need to take a "holistic" approach -- one that involves a financ... Full Story

Linda Foreman
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June 16, 2006
Mistakes to avoid when saving for retirement - Funding your retirement requires careful planning, and it's a task that shouldn't be taken lightly. Even if you have a sound strategy laid out today, you need to be aware that many things can change along the road to reaching your retirement goals. To help you avoid possible pitfalls that may confront you in the future, the following is a list of ... Full Story

Van Canada
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December 26, 2008
Safest place for your money? The bank! - FDIC-insured Riverside Bank is reassuring bank customers that while financial woes plague Wall Street, the safest place for your money is still in the bank. "Riverside Bank is well prepared to ride out the economic storm," explained Van Canada, president in Volusia and Lake counties. "And our customers should know that their deposits are safe. No... Full Story

Chadwick L. Hargis
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January 4, 2008
Explore your retirement plan distribution alternatives - Did you know that you may not have to retire to be entitled to receive a distribution from an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), profit sharing or defined benefit plan? You may, for example, be entitled to a distribution if you are leaving your company, if your company is terminating its retirement plan or if you are the benefi... Full Story

Earl Stewart
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April 18, 2014
Nobody knows what your used car is worth - Earl Stewart is the owner and general manager of Earl Stewart Toyota in North Palm Beach. The dealership is located at 1215 N. Federal Highway in Lake Park. Visit www.earlstewarttoyota.com, call (561) 358-1474, fax (561) 658-0746 or email earl@estoyota.com. A lot of people think that all used cars have a specific value and they can learn this by... Full Story

Michael Summers
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April 27, 2007
Long-term care insurance is fundamentally a woman's issue - Women have some special challenges in life, just by being female. Because the average woman can expect to live to age 80, or 5.3 years longer than the average man, life experiences are likely to be different. With that longer life span comes the question of who will provide care in the aging years and at what price? While many women may not think ... Full Story

Randy Frankenberry
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March 9, 2007
Who are you kidding? - Randy Frankenberry Financial columnist OK, so we Americans, post WW II generation, aren't known for our savings prowess. But we do have a reputation of always being ready to do something; such as plan for the future. Sometimes we even get around to doing something proactive. Yep, that's us, still ready to adjust our lives based on changing circums... Full Story

Deborah Alonzo
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October 19, 2007
The right 'papers' - at the right time - can protect your family - To protect your family, you need more than the best intentions; you need the right "paperwork." And you're going to need it during two distinct phases of your life: your working years and your retirement. Let's take a look at these time periods, along with some of the key documents you may need. Working years: While you're working, your most valua... Full Story

Alan Horowitz
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June 7, 2007
Physical signs of structural imbalance - There is a new emerging identity for physical medicine treating disease, but what is the diagnosis? This subject plays a critical role in health. A stressed-out nervous system is the cause, with resulting constrictive, inflammatory and degenerative consequences and is more serious than previously thought. The physical signs of structural imbalanc... Full Story

Jeff Atwater
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December 26, 2008
Proposed language for dealer fee bill - Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series. To read the first part, log onto www.hometownnewsol.com and click on business and finance, then business columns. Florida House Rep. Carl Domino, R-District 83, asked me to propose a bill for him to consider sponsoring which addresses my objections to the dealer fee. There were discussions w... Full Story

Michael Lader
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April 25, 2008
Time for some financial spring cleaning - You may or may not engage in many of the typical activities of "spring cleaning:" de-cluttering the attic, reorganizing your closets, touching up the paint, etc. But you can almost certainly benefit from "sprucing up" your financial situation. As you survey your financial landscape, what areas might you want to tidy up? Here are a few suggestions... Full Story

Pat Alley
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July 17, 2008
Banking is now just a cell phone away via mobile banking - PDAs provide new tools for better service Imagine this: You've written checks for several monthly bills, and you know you scheduled your car insurance payment for an automatic deduction today too. You're held up on your way to the bank to make a deposit and you're afraid you're not going to make it on time. You grab your cell phone to check you... Full Story

Skin Matters
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July 17, 2009
Skin cancer treatment spares healthy tissue - With the rate of skin cancer soaring, particularly in Florida, protecting the health of your skin has never been more important. The physicians of Treasure Coast Dermatology specialize in detecting and treating skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country. Drs. Tim Ioannides and Jonathan Sanders are dedicated to providing the best i... Full Story

Marc Tomberg
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April 20, 2012
Early distributions from retirement plans - Qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts are great vehicles to take advantage of tax-deferred growth potential and save for retirement. When an individual eventually decides to tap into his or her retirement fund, withdrawals from these plans are subject to regular income taxes. There's one catch, however, for people who are... Full Story

Jeffrey Urcan
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August 5, 2011
Diet, exercise key to getting in shape - This article is part one of a series to get you in shape. OK, here we go with "get in shape in the middle of summer" Part 1. I want to ask all of you if you feel you are in shape for the summer even though it is the middle of the season? I bet there are quite a few who say I am not happy where I am at this point. Well here we go! There are many t... Full Story

John Melo
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February 11, 2011
Edward Jones Named to Fortune Magazine's Best Companies to Work For List for 12th Year - The financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 11 on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2011" list in its 12th appearance on the prestigious list, said John Anthony Melo, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Melbourne. Edward Jones also ranked No. 2 for large-sized companies and was the highest ranking financial-services firm... Full Story

Brian Ziemba
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January 14, 2011
Tracking finances and paying off debt in the new year - Better budgeting contributed to Americans paying off nearly $1 trillion in debt over the past two years, according to a recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. "This is good news for the nation's long-term economy, as it shows that Americans are doing a better job at budgeting," said Suzanne Poole, executive vice president, retail ... Full Story

Gina Ostarly
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October 28, 2011
A plethora of pumpkins - No matter how health-conscious your eating habits are, everyone needs a little dessert sometimes. Pumpkin, a vegetable belonging to the squash family, is low in calories and fat, making it the perfect healthy treat. That way, you can have all of the enjoyment without any of the guilt. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Pumpkin is high in... Full Story

Morgan B. Gilreath, Jr
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January 25, 2008
There's no 'devil in the details' of Jan. 29 amendment - Messengers often flavor their messages. We're hearing opinions from all quarters regarding the amendment. A few flavors floating around: . I heard it changes Save Our Homes. . I'm confused about the amendment. What's being offered? . I think the Legislature should have done more. . I'm waiting for the Budget and Tax Reform Commission to make thei... Full Story


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