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TROTTER: What lessons can be learned from Detroit?

On July 18, Detroit became the largest American city to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. A city once having a population of some 1.8 million has whittled down to less than 700,000. What will happen to the pensions of its 20,000-plus retired public employees? There is for sure the distinct possibility they could be reduced substantially or even eliminated. In ...

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TROTTER: Spenders and savers are linked by asset conservation

For this article, we will discuss those areas of estate and financial planning for the age group I will refer as “age 50 and older.” Obviously, we’re dealing with a wide age span for people in this group that pairs those of the World War II generation along with the Baby Boomer generation that followed behind. And, it is an ...

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Why it is wise to diversify

Most all of us know of friends and neighbors who try and “chase returns” with the stock market today. Throw in to that mix day traders and others who are constantly hunting for the next hot stock, endlessly refreshing browser windows in search for breaking news and tips from assorted gurus. Is that the path to making money in stocks? ...

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Looking for a bright future for people of Mississippi

From Will Loftin’s perspective as senior vice president and consumer banking executive for Regions Bank, the future looks bright for Mississippi. Loftin is responsible for consumer banking operations in the central and southern parts of Mississippi, representing 80 branches and more than 600 employees. Statewide, Regions has more than 146 branches and over 1,600 employees. In a recent meeting at ...

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Mississippi job levels fall to an alarming 17-year low

Mississippi’s job levels sank to their lowest levels since 1996 last year and ended the year looking slightly worse than 2011, the first quarter Mississippi Economic Outlook reports. The January report from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning was not all gloom, however. Leading indicators such as retail sales, tax collections and housing starts have trended upwards since July. Both ...

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Bad money habits to break in 2013

Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, the New Year is as good an occasion as any to alter your behavior: No. 1 — Living without a budget. You may make enough money that you don’t feel you need ...

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Financial considerations for 2013

We are now in plain view of our country’s “fiscal cliff.” After the election, Congress may or may not end up keeping income and estate tax rates at their recent levels. Next year may bring some notable financial developments, and it isn’t too soon for households to think about what may be in store: You may want to prioritize tax ...

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