FINANCE: The Truth About Annuities: What Every Woman Should Know

By Lisa Ford, Staff Writer
November 3, 2013

A tad over four years ago I purchased my first annuities when my company was sold to another financial services firm. It was my opinion, and still is, that it rarely makes sense to leave your retirement assets with a firm where you no longer work. Since financial stability, mutual fund options and... Read more »

Five Basic Factors for Buying Value Stocks

Lisa Ford, Finance Columnist
September 1, 2013

My journey to learn more about investing was born out of consternation. When the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 500 points on Black Monday in October 1987, my bank account was empty. It was defeating to be left on the sidelines without money to invest when the opportunity was ripe. My 20s... Read more »

Best Banks for Women in Today’s Banking Industry

Courtesy of The Daily Worth
August 21, 2013

We ladies have it rough when it comes to money. It may be 2013, but we still earn less than men. We also live longer — a plus, for sure — but it means we also have to save for an average six extra years of retirement. We also often run the household finances, acting as family CFO, but have a harder... Read more »

Three Reasons to Sell Your Investment Real Estate Now

Finance August 2013 WomanScopeNewsMagazine.Com

Lisa Ford, Staff Writer
August 2, 2013

For close to seven years, my husband and I have managed three rental properties in our investment portfolio with the intention of building passive income. We were looking to earn money for retirement that came into the bank whether we were traveling, eating or sleeping. Well, that has all changed. It... Read more »

FINANCE: Four Keys to Increasing Your Riches, Year in and Year Out, by Lisa Ford, Staff Writer

By Lisa Ford, Staff Writer
July 5, 2013

The famous quote by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” certainly seems to fit today’s economy. In such tumultuous periods, investors must stay focused and calm and continue to use all the tools available to stay on track to a proven... Read more »

Payday Loans

Medallio Green
May 16, 2012

Times are hard and for quick cash Payday Loans (i.e cash advance or check advance loans, deferred deposit check loans or postdated check loans) are becoming more popular.  A Payday Loan is when an individual(s) borrows a small amount of money for a short period of time at a very high rate of interest.... Read more »

Telemarketing Fraud

Mediallio Green
April 8, 2012

Every year, Americans lose about $40 billion dollars attributed to telemarketing fraud. Telemarketing fraud is when personal or financial information is given to callers from a slightly familiar or unfamiliar organization. It is one of the most common scams to date, according to the Federal Bureau of... Read more »

Tax Tips

Angeline M. Huffman, MBA, CPA
April 8, 2012

As this issue reaches the streets many of you have already filed your 2011 tax returns, but many more are still gathering your information to take to your tax preparer. Here are some tips to help you out for the 2011 tax filing and getting a jump on 2012. For Individuals, 2011 Avoid the cost of rapid... Read more »

Minimize Your Student Loan Amount

Heather McCubbin
February 6, 2012

Americans have student loans averaging $34,400 for the class of 2010[1] (combining student loans and loans parents took out for their child’s education) and many recent graduates are struggling to make payments. According to www.collegeboard.com during the 2011-2012 school years, the average public... Read more »

Tips on How to Develop a Working Budget

Angeline Huffman
February 6, 2012

Developing a working budget can be challenging, but it is well worth the effort if you want to take charge of your spending and save more money for the future. The key here is the term “working”. A “working” budget is one that is realistic and one that you can commit to following.   Tip... Read more »

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