Cruise Control

Who takes an emergency cruise? The answer is no one. People book emergency flights all the time — to visit someone ill, attend a funeral, see a new baby or even decide to go on an impromptu vacation. It’s this steady flow of last-minute bookings…

Assume You’ll Live a Long, Long Time

The Social Security Commission estimates that one in four people will live past the age of 90, and one in 10 might live past age 95. If these numbers appear more ambitious than the ones you usually hear, such as the average life expectancy of…

DIY: When It Works and When It Doesn’t

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau, do-it-yourself (DIY) work accounts for 37 percent of all home remodeling projects in the U.S. Unfortunately, the flip side is that about 30 percent of work performed by the professional remodeling…

Tax Guidelines to Help Maximize Monthly Retirement Income Distributions

For years, financial professionals have encouraged people to save money for their retirement income through tax-deferred vehicles such as an IRA or company-sponsored 401(k) plan. In fact, many employers provide an additional incentive by offering to match a certain percentage of each worker’s deferred income….

What Jobs Mean to Us — and the U.S.

Who looks for a job in August? Who’s around to interview candidates anyway? August is a popular month for end-of-summer vacations before the school year starts. This trend showed up in the latest jobs report, which revealed a slump of only 142,000 jobs added after…

Issues To Consider For Today’s Newest Retirees

According to recent research conducted by Harris Interactive, among the most recent group of retirees:* • 38 percent say they wish they had waited to begin drawing Social Security • More than 25 percent delayed retirement because of health care expenses • 32 percent say…

Sporting Confidence through Ups and Downs

Some of the world’s top sports figures have recently experienced ups and downs in their careers. Take Rafael Nadal for instance, one of the top men’s professional tennis players in the world. Two years ago, Nadal was forced to sit out for seven months due…

The Growing Role of Nursing in Health Care

When you visit a doctor for a regular checkup or common illness, do you find you spend more time with a nurse than the physician? Nurse training has become more extensive in recent years, with newly titled nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) shouldering…