Money & Career
Money & Career
Whether you looking to land the perfect job or find out about the best way to save money, our Money & Career section is packed full of helpful, current topics each month.
 


11/2/2017 1:14:17 PM
The holidays are quickly approaching and if you’re ready to sell your home, you’re in a tough position: Should you put it on the market now or wait until the holiday season — and maybe even winter — is over?
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10/2/2017 10:02:00 PM
According to the Transportation Security Administration, there was over $531,000 worth of spare change left behind in the country’s airports just during 2012. Nearly every time we make a cash purchase, it results in spare change. Some of us let it jingle around in our pockets, while others drop it into the charity bucket next to the register, hoping it makes it to the featured charity. Even more of us let it pile up in our vehicles, waiting for a chance to put it to use. But what if that spare change, as small as it may seem, could actually add up to something big and make a difference in the world or give your family a fun vacation? 
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10/2/2017 9:54:36 PM
Most 20-somethings struggle with budgeting. The process can be intimidating because young adults are often not well versed in financial literacy. Fortunately, financial experts and websites like www.feedthepig.org can educate young adults on fiscal knowledge and how to create a sustainable budget. Butch Ferdinandsen, financial planner with Ferdinandsen Financial Group, says the foundation of a good budget is to not spend more money than you earn.
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8/31/2017 3:41:58 PM
With only three months left until Christmas, you may be looking at your bank account and wondering if you can afford it this year. Consider these six steps to add merriment to your family holiday.
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8/31/2017 3:16:30 PM
It is a journey that crosses over many landscapes. From childbirths, job transitions, high school and college graduations, weddings, and beyond, planning for retirement can have many roadblocks, detours, and stops along the way. With good planning and tools in place, retirement planning can lead to great destinations. And, while starting early is recommended, people of all ages can benefit from planning for retirement, even if it is only a few years away. 
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8/3/2017 10:30:43 AM
For years, divorced couples have been surprised to discover that divorce papers didn’t separate their debt. They’re stunned by problematic credit reports reflecting their ex-spouse’s dodgy payment habits and angered when collection agents call for payment on debts that the ex was supposed to pay. The result can be an undesirable credit report for an otherwise responsible consumer.
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8/3/2017 10:29:14 AM
The moment the average person feels like they’ve caught up on bills and everyday expenses, their car’s transmission might go out, or maybe it’s time for back-to-school shopping. When we graduate college and get our first real job, we hope that living paycheck-to-paycheck is behind us, but for many people in Southwest Louisiana, it remains a reality.
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8/3/2017 9:49:43 AM
You’ve paid the tuition and fees, chosen a meal plan, and outfitted the dorm room with all the necessities. But there’s one more major expense you may not have planned for – the college bookstore and that list of required reading material.
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7/5/2017 8:55:19 AM
Finances may not be romantic, but it’s an important topic to discuss with your partner if you’re in a serious relationship or considering taking steps toward a serious relationship. One of the biggest financial mistakes couples can make is hiding financial information from one another. A 2016 survey by the American Psychological Association reported money as a top cause for stress among Americans. But financial discussions with your partner don’t have to be stressful. Below are stress-free tips to help you and your partner achieve and maintain financial success and stability. 
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6/1/2017 12:15:40 PM
If you delight in perusing the clearance rack to score the best deals on those banana-yellow pumps you’ve had your eye on, and you loathe the thought of paying full price for most things (except for Community Coffee, because it’s just worth it), you may try working up the courage to haggle when you shop. 
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11/9/2015 3:16:13 PM
It's the jolly holiday season - but if you're like most Americans, it's also the season of overspending and under-budgeting. If so, you may want to consider a cash-only Christmas.
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7/8/2014 12:12:19 PM

Marty Nemko believes that the job-hunting public has been sold a bill of goods when they’re told to follow their passions. For a select few—those who are bright, uniquely talented, uber-motivated and genuinely passionate, he says—that advice works out like gangbusters. For thousands of others, it’s impractical.


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7/8/2014 12:10:41 PM

Thomas Watson, Sr., once said that to be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. This is a thought that seems to be driving the executive team of i-10 Hospitality, a Louisiana-based management company specializing in restaurant, hotel and gaming development, management and consulting services.


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7/8/2013 2:22:18 PM

If someone asked you to borrow a bundle of money to start a new business, would you hand over the cash, no questions asked? Probably not. You’d have more than a few questions about the plans and potential for the business’s success you’d want answered before you decide to take a chance on helping a new business get off the ground.


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7/8/2013 2:22:18 PM

When potential loan holders have less-than-desirable or nonexistent credit or a meager income, they will often turn to a co-signer for help. Co-signers, who typically have well-established credit, can be an invaluable asset to someone who can’t secure a loan on their own. And often, co-signers are willing to help—they’re usually a close friend, family member or parent.


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6/29/2013 4:49:33 PM
Mortgage rates fall to record low
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6/3/2013 12:59:37 PM

Lucky number seven. It’s the key to a lot of things in life. It’s been said that there are seven steps to heaven, seven types of intelligence and seven habits of effective leaders. How about seven steps to a sound retirement?


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5/6/2013 10:52:47 AM
It’s cap-and-gown season again, and for college graduates, this means it’s time to face the stark reality of the so-called "Real World.” For most, life after the final semester is marked by more independence, which typically means more responsibility and more control over the green in your wallet.
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4/3/2013 10:49:49 AM

When you're young, spry and healthy it's difficult to imagine a time when you may need a nurse, aide or caretaker to help you get from here to there, but if you wait until you need it, you may find yourself in a bind.


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4/3/2013 10:48:13 AM

When young adults run out of money or find themselves in a financial pickle, parents are typically the first stop for relief. Wading through your child's personal budget troubles can be frustrating. There is often an urge to step in and take over, but there are effective ways to do that without risking your own financial security, according to Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank.


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3/1/2013 9:58:25 AM

Tax season is here, and if you are one of the lucky ones, you may get a tax refund this year. Whether you’ve already received it or are eagerly awaiting it, it’s tempting to view this refund as "free money,” but keep in mind, this is really just your money that the government is returning, so you should not necessarily treat it as a windfall, according to Christa Comeaux, assistant vice president with Lakeside Bank.


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3/1/2013 9:47:54 AM

Need to pay a bill or order dinner on the go? No worries. Today’s cell phones have made it convenient to do just about anything from anywhere with just the touch of a few buttons. Major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart have even created apps allowing you to shop from anywhere. There’s no question that these options make our lives easier, but are we paying the price for them by risking the security of personal banking and credit card information?


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2/25/2013 9:03:00 AM
Southwest Louisiana is poised to begin an era of prosperity like it’s never seen before,with $40 billion worth of construction projects either recently announced or already underway, and those projects will impact businesses across the area.
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1/9/2013 1:48:11 PM
We all look forward to the retirement years, but when they finally arrive, many Americans find themselves with less money than they expected. The downturn of the national economy several years ago caused many people to lose significant value in their retirement savings. It’s also common to underestimate the costs of retirement, or to simply realize that not enough money was put away in the first place.
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1/9/2013 1:41:27 PM
A rite of passage for young adults is establishing their own financial independence. The moves made during this time can set the tone for future security.
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6/29/2012 4:58:45 PM
It's true that money makes the world go round, but it's equally true that you can't go round the world without money - so don't take your funds for granted when you are traveling.
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6/29/2012 4:57:24 PM
Natural disasters can strike at any time, in any place. Whether it's an earthquake on the West Coast, tornado in the Midwest, or a hurricane in our own backyard, the results can be devastating when nature goes on a rampage.
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