May 15, 2013

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Who’s laughing now? Pearl has taken on a whole new meaning

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Pearl used to be the red-headed stepchild of the Jackson area. It had a stretch of Highway 80 littered with half-empty strip malls and fast food restaurants. In many cases, the neighborhoods were old and rundown. We laughed when the town was mentioned. Puuhhrrrl? We always stretched out the one syllable and put on our […]

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May 1, 2013

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Rep. Andy Gipson a 19th century man with 19th century ideas on guns

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

I know Mississippi Rep. Andy Gipson. He’s a really nice guy, has a nice family, very sweet people. You’ve heard the phrase, “He’s a renaissance man?” Doesn’t apply to Andy. Instead, I’d call him a solid nineteenth century man, as in “His feet are solidly planted in the 1800s.” When I knew Andy, he lived […]

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April 25, 2013

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How to sort out the good and the bad in our ‘American Dream’

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Saturday morning. Not a cloud in the sky. It had been a cool start to the morning. We pull our chairs into the sunshine. A sigh of relief. This was a scary and tragic week from terrorism to mushroom clouds to the insanity of an Elvis impersonator. And we thought we were completely safe in […]

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April 19, 2013

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U.S. Postal Service can survive structural change, not inevitable

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Communication with clients has drastically changed over the last decade. While we still send out quarterly reports in the old U.S. mail packet with a formal letter, other mailings are rare. E-mail is the favored method these days, and it surprises me that my older clients are well-versed in this area. We even text clients […]

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April 10, 2013

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NYC trip is a reminder that students will respond when asked

I’m a finance junkie. I love studying markets and tracking economic indicators, all with an eye for finding opportunities or avoiding investing traps. It’s a joy to share this with my students. This past week, I was able to combine that with my other love — travel. I took three students to a financial conference […]

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April 3, 2013

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Being the winner of the food stamp lottery a losing proposition

In 1975, about 8 percent of the U.S. population was on food stamps. Currently, that number is 15 percent. Much of the growth in usage can be attributed to the recent recession. In fact, since 2008, the food stamp program has ballooned 70 percent. No surprise there. The bigger surprise is the “stickiness” of these […]

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March 27, 2013

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Don’t give up the farm for the sole sake of being ‘Business friendly’

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Ask any accountant, “How do you increase the bottom line?” The answer will always be one of two things. You either increase revenue or you decrease expenses. To increase your bottom line without one of those options is to defy the laws of bookkeeping. It can’t be done. As legislators pore over the State budget, […]

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March 20, 2013

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IQ, not bra size, most important number on women’s resumes

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Every generation of women has found it easier to step into a man’s world and compete. During my early years as a business owner, one potential client decided against signing up because I might get married and quit. As a woman, credibility was hard to come by. I knew I had to have more letters […]

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March 19, 2013

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Good food. Good news. Good times.

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Good news is always welcome. Just days from the pronouncement of the expert panel at the annual CFA Forecast Dinner, the market performed as predicted and hit an all-time high. Kathleen Hays of Bloomberg Radio moderated again this year, much to the delight of the audience. Food and atmosphere at Jackson Country Club met our […]

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March 7, 2013

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Money troubles, like those of Vicksburg mayor Paul Winfield, show signs of more trouble

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Show me somebody with money trouble, and I’ll show you a crook in the making! While not everyone who finds themselves in a financial bind ends up breaking the law, many are tempted to cross the line when their wallets get squeezed. People with money troubles are desperate. They take chances. They make questionable choices. […]

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