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IKE TROTTER: Weighing in on reverse mortgages

More and more we see on TV or read in the paper about Reverse Mortgages and the opportunities available for homeowners to “unlock” the equity in their home. I thought it might be helpful to discuss this unique type of home equity loan and the resulting implications they offer to homeowners, particularly those who are retired and elderly. Created in ...

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FINANCIAL PLANNING: Do you really know what time it is?

By BECKY GILLETTE It used to be that most people retired at the age of 65. But, today, there are options for retiring earlier, and higher benefits from Social Security for retiring later. The timing of retirement can make a big difference in how much financial freedom someone has during retirement. The number one question when deciding when to retire is, ...

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ALAN TURNER: Sumesh Arora says innovation is the key to economic prosperity in Mississippi

  Recently, we had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Sumesh Arora, vice president with Innovate Mississippi, to discuss some of the positive economic trends and opportunities throughout the state. Sumesh earned a degree in engineering, followed by a master’s in Material Sciences, and finally culminated with a Ph.D from the University of Southern Mississippi.  In the early part of ...

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PHIL HARDWICK’S THE ALIBI, a serial novel: Chapter 2: The Assignment

» Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier private investigator, seeks to recover the special Brett Favre MVP exhibit that has been stolen from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.   By PHIL HARDWICK   Sunday afternoon, March 1 Jackson, Mississippi Jack Boulder, retired St. Louis, Missouri homicide detective and now Mississippi private investigator, downshifted his 1968 Camaro and made a ...

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Updated: ‘Streamlined’ MDA debuts its analytical website

By JACK WEATHERLY  If it wants to remain competitive with other states, the Mississippi Development Authority needs to streamline and recognize that communications technology has changed. The agency has heeded those findings from a 2014 study funded by the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. Streamlining means better delivery of services, said George Freeland, executive director of the ...

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New federal rules set for appraisal management companies

By TED CARTER Mississippi legislation that two years ago set new rules for appraisal management companies should largely free appraisal companies in the state from taking on newly enacted compliance standards. Six federal financial regulatory agencies have implemented minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies (AMCs), an entity that provides appraisal management services to lenders or underwriters ...

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