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  • Women business owners face gender gap, report says

    Women business owners face gender gap, report says

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:31:41 GMT
    Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.
    Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.
  • Bank of England: rates to rise only gradually

    Bank of England: rates to rise only gradually

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:21:15 GMT
    Bank of England policymakers are signaling that interest rates are likely to go up only gradually - though debate on the matter seems to be getting hotter.
    Bank of England policymakers are signaling that interest rates are likely to go up only gradually - though debate on the matter seems to be getting hotter.
  • China detains employees of suspect meat seller

    China detains employees of suspect meat seller

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:53:47 GMT
    McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.
    Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized...
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  • Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?

    Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:41:47 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Buying your first home may be one of the biggest investment decisions you will ever make. So how do you know if it is the right time to venture into home ownership? You can start by answering these seven questions. 1. How long will you be in the area? Because of the transaction costs that come with buying and selling a home, it typically takes three to five years to break even. If you sell any sooner, you could end up losing money — even in a rising market. If you do make a profit, you will ...
    Buying your first home may be one of the biggest investment decisions you will ever make. So how do you know if it is the right time to venture into home ownership? You can start by answering these seven questions. 1. How long will you be in the area? Because of the transaction costs that come with buying and selling a home, it typically takes three to five years to break even. If you sell any sooner, you could end up losing money — even in a rising market. If you do make a profit, you will ...
  • Landing One’s Dream Job … In Retirement

    Landing One’s Dream Job … In Retirement

    Friday, June 27 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-06-27 20:14:16 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Many retirees choose to work in retirement; a life of extended leisure does not appeal to everyone.
    Many retirees choose to work in retirement; a life of extended leisure does not appeal to everyone.
  • Planning for Retirement When Self Employed

    Planning for Retirement When Self Employed

    Monday, June 23 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-06-23 19:53:06 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    If you call yourself a consultant, a freelancer, or an independent contractor, you are one of the growing numbers of Americans without an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan.
    If you call yourself a consultant, a freelancer, or an independent contractor, you are one of the growing numbers of Americans without an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan.
  • The Appropriate Role for Cash in Your Portfolio

    The Appropriate Role for Cash in Your Portfolio

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-06-18 21:34:47 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    There is an old saying in financial circles that “cash is king.” The actual meaning of this phrase varies depending on the context. Some investors appeared to buy into this philosophy during the market’s turbulent period from 2007 to 2009, and moved significant sums of money out of stock and bond investments and into cash-equivalent holdings like money market funds and bank CDs. That move may have provided some short-term protection. But, as many are finding out in light of the stock market’s...
    There is an old saying in financial circles that “cash is king.” The actual meaning of this phrase varies depending on the context. Some investors appeared to buy into this philosophy during the market’s turbulent period from 2007 to 2009, and moved significant sums of money out of stock and bond investments and into cash-equivalent holdings like money market funds and bank CDs. That move may have provided some short-term protection. But, as many are finding out in light of the stock market’s...
  • The New Law of the Land for Same-Sex Married Couples

    The New Law of the Land for Same-Sex Married Couples

    Thursday, June 5 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-06-06 01:27:10 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    The Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June 2013 changed the financial landscape for same-sex couples in America. Prior to the court’s ruling, DOMA had barred same-sex couples from being recognized as spouses for the purpose of federal laws. They also were not able to take advantage of the benefits of marriage as recognized by the federal government. The court’s ruling completely reversed those provisions. With an increasing number of...
    The Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June 2013 changed the financial landscape for same-sex couples in America. Prior to the court’s ruling, DOMA had barred same-sex couples from being recognized as spouses for the purpose of federal laws. They also were not able to take advantage of the benefits of marriage as recognized by the federal government. The court’s ruling completely reversed those provisions. With an increasing number of...
  • What You Need to Know About Online Shopping

    What You Need to Know About Online Shopping

    Tuesday, June 3 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-06-03 19:39:38 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Remember when you basically had two options for shopping? Before the internet, you would either head to the mall or make a purchase through a mail-order catalog. Times certainly have changed. With the evolution of online shopping, purchasing items is as easy as the click of a mouse. As online shopping has advanced, so have the techniques that companies use to influence you to make a purchase. There is a science behind what sways people to purchase products. Just like a store’s layout and pro...
    Remember when you basically had two options for shopping? Before the internet, you would either head to the mall or make a purchase through a mail-order catalog. Times certainly have changed. With the evolution of online shopping, purchasing items is as easy as the click of a mouse. As online shopping has advanced, so have the techniques that companies use to influence you to make a purchase. There is a science behind what sways people to purchase products. Just like a store’s layout and pro...
  • Eight Ideas to Help You Save Money

    Eight Ideas to Help You Save Money

    Monday, May 26 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-05-26 19:00:30 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Saving money sounds easy enough – simply spend less. Yet, finding areas to cut expenses so that one actually has the ability to save more can be a challenge. If you look for ways to make the most of your hard-earned dollars, these eight ideas are a good place to start:1. Review your federal income tax withholding. Make sure that your federal withholding is appropriate for your income and family size. If you pay in too little throughout the year, you may owe money at tax time. On the flip side...
    Saving money sounds easy enough – simply spend less. Yet, finding areas to cut expenses so that one actually has the ability to save more can be a challenge. If you look for ways to make the most of your hard-earned dollars, these eight ideas are a good place to start:1. Review your federal income tax withholding. Make sure that your federal withholding is appropriate for your income and family size. If you pay in too little throughout the year, you may owe money at tax time. On the flip side...
  • The Stock Market Reaches New Highs – Now What?

    The Stock Market Reaches New Highs – Now What?

    Monday, May 12 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-05-12 22:57:04 GMT
    If you have had money invested in the stock market in 2013 and 2014, you are most likely pleased with the results. It is rare that major stock indexes, like the benchmark Standard Poor’s 500, generate returns in excess of 20 percent in a single year, as they did in 2013. In fact, the SP 500 reached a new all-time high, which is a major milestone.Like many investors, you may be asking, can the upward ride that stock investors have enjoyed since 2009 continue? It is a question that nobody can ...
    If you have had money invested in the stock market in 2013 and 2014, you are most likely pleased with the results. It is rare that major stock indexes, like the benchmark Standard Poor’s 500, generate returns in excess of 20 percent in a single year, as they did in 2013. In fact, the SP 500 reached a new all-time high, which is a major milestone.Like many investors, you may be asking, can the upward ride that stock investors have enjoyed since 2009 continue? It is a question that nobody can ...
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