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FINRA Alert: Email Hack Attack? Be Sure to Notify Brokerage Firms & Other Financial Institutions

As reported by FINRA.org on January 30, 2012. Anyone who has experienced an email account intrusion or “hacking” knows how frustrating it can be to deal with the aftermath—from telling friends in milder cases that you didn’t send the flurry … Continue reading

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Weathering Tough Economic Times—12 Tips for 2012

As reported by FINRA on December 22, 2011: Tough economic times have taken a toll on many Americans over the last couple of years. But making sound financial decisions and saving for the future can help you weather financial storms. … Continue reading

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FINRA Alert: Make the Most of your Employer’s 401(k) Match

Why leave money on the table? As reported by FINRA.org on November 10, 2011. Would you turn down free money? Many employers match an employee’s 401(k) contributions up to a certain percent of salary. If you contribute less than your … Continue reading

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FINRA Alert: “Gold” Stocks – Some Investments Mine your Pocketbook

As reported by FINRA.org The price of gold bullion—which recently touched an all-time high—has sparked considerable interest in gold investing, not to mention aggressive marketing and advertising of gold investments, including gold stocks. And even a cursory Internet search will … Continue reading

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FINRA Alert: Chasing Returns in a Challenging Investment Environment

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener. As reported by FINRA.org. Investors currently find themselves in a difficult investing environment. Yields on fixed-income investments are at historically low levels, and stock returns have been quite volatile. What’s an investor to do? Some investors … Continue reading

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Early Retirement a Scary Health Option

As reported on Money.CNN.com on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 by Parija Kavilanz. Employers are getting out of the retirement insurance business. This could be worrisome for American workers who want to retire, before hitting the Medicare-eligible age of 65. A … Continue reading

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FINRA Alert: Structured Notes with Principal Protection

Structured Notes With Principal Protection: Note the Terms of Your Investment As reported by FINRA.org The retail market for structured notes with principal protection has been growing in recent years. While these products often have reassuring names that include some … Continue reading

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Lawyers Make Millions off Madoff Mess

As reported on Money.CNN.com by Aaron Smith on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme left thousands of victims in its wake — and lawyers and consultants are reaping millions in payments from the financial devastation. “The only winners … Continue reading

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New California Laws – 2011

Individual laws as reported by The Daily Recorder, Vol. 104, No. 2, January 4, 2011 Daily Journal. (This is only a selection of laws pertaining to our practice, not all new laws for 2011) Business and Professions AB2764: (Committee on … Continue reading

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Probate & Trusts – Child Born Out of Wedlock

Biological child born out of wedlock is beneficiary where trust unambiguously defines ‘issue’ as unadopted lineal descendants. A California Court of Appeal overturned the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK v. JONATHAN CARRANO.  Appellant claimed that … Continue reading

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