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It’s time to take stock of your financial situation

The best advice is worth repeating until people take it to heart and follow it. For your waistline, it’s something like, “eat less, exercise more.” The best advice for your wallet might well be “spend less, save more.” Nancy Lottridge Anderson, a chartered financial analyst, offers advice to clients at New Perspectives Inc., her investing […] [...]

NANCY ANDERSON: Gun culture has got to change in America

I don’t like guns. My father had an old shotgun he kept in the closet, unloaded of course. He was a country boy who never took to hunting, so I had no experience with firearms and the sport surrounding their use. Two husbands, no hunters. When I married Ken, he had a small handgun. He […] [...]

Two out of three ain’t bad for economic forecasts

by Published: March 25,2012

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Our annual CFA Forecast Dinner is always a delightful event: good food, good dinner companions, and good discussion about the economy and financial markets. This year was no exception. Kathleen Hays, popular Bloomberg radio host, was our moderator. The panel consisted of Kenneth Taubes of Pioneer Investment Management, Mark Freeman of Westwood Holdings Group, and […] [...]

Ditching the ‘South’ maybe best thing for the evolving C Spire

Cellular South recently changed its name to C Spire. I’m sure they paid a marketing firm a lot of money for that name. And I’m sure the marketing firm paid a lot of focus group people to sit around and rate various names. But, for the life of me, I can’t understand how they landed […] [...]

Lines at new Kroger and lines at Disney have lot in common

by Published: October 16,2011

Tags: Disney, Kroger, Kroger in Madison, Nancy Lottridge Anderson

My big outing this past week was to the new Kroger in Madison. I’m told it’s the biggest one in Mississippi. It’s over the top big, and it’s fancy. Lots of fancy fake stonework out front. Big pots of mums on the sidewalk. A site to behold. I don’t live in Madison, but this seemed […] [...]

If the economy stinks, why are so many folks at Disney World?

by Published: October 9,2011

Tags: Disney World, economy, MBJ column, money, Nancy Anderson

Ninety percent of Americans say the U.S. economy stinks. A CNN online poll shows that 72 percent think we’re heading into another recession. No surprises here. We’re all walking around with a cloud hanging over us. Doom and gloom is all I hear these days. Then, I attend a conference in Orlando, Fla. You know, […] [...]

Banks penalizing us for their idea … geez!

by Published: October 2,2011

Tags: MBJ column, money, Nancy Anderson

One Sunday morning, I opened my paper to find that my bank was instituting monthly debit card fees. What!?! Don’t they make enough off us? A new law caps the charges on debit fees. This is in recognition of the change in our system of exchange. I rarely have cash in my pocket anymore. Who […] [...]

Marketing a challenge for small businesses

Marketing for a small business has always been a challenge, but with the advent of social networking, it’s now a lot cheaper. Anyone with access to the Internet can spread the word about a business. Most of the social sites are free and allow for instant access to hundreds, if not thousands, of potential customers. […] [...]

Living as part of the ‘in-between’ generation

I grew up in the 60s and 70s in South Mississippi. Our house was in one of the new subdivisions of modest homes. Of course, it was segregated. I remember going to Dr. Benefield’s clinic and waiting in the whites only portion. I noticed another room beyond the partition, but I was clueless about the […] [...]

Practical not the way to describe government

by Published: September 11,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Nancy Anderson

I’m getting ready to climb out on a limb. For the past few years, I’ve kept my mouth shut and listened to piles of manure being spouted by both sides. I’m not a small government or a big government person. I’m a reasonable government person. In fact, I’m just a reasonable person — practical to […] [...]

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