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Shutting Down the Forest, But Not the Trees

By W.A. Smith Financial | November 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Shutting Down the Forest, But Not the Trees

It is with both wide-eyed interest and pit-of-stomach disgust that Americans have watched the political shenanigans and subsequent impact played out during the U.S. government shut down.  The whole strategy is reminiscent of watching a person trying to cut corners actually create a lot more work for himself. You see this with toddlers, lazy employees…

Washington D.C.: Showdowns, Shutdowns, Lockdowns and Touchdowns

By W.A. Smith Financial | November 19, 2013 | Comments Off on Washington D.C.: Showdowns, Shutdowns, Lockdowns and Touchdowns

Hollywood has to work pretty hard to steal headlines from the political ballyhoo and drama in the capital city recently. As for the showdown, the debt ceiling vote was seemingly taken hostage by politicians wanting to make a political statement at the cost of 800,000 government employees placed on furlough. Although the issue at stake…

Health Care Insurance Shopping Lowdown

By W.A. Smith Financial | November 12, 2013 | Comments Off on Health Care Insurance Shopping Lowdown

The Health Care Insurance Exchanges are now open, and you have between now and March 1, 2014, to purchase a new health care insurance plan during the open enrollment period. Rest assured, if you experience a life-altering event, such as losing your job, moving to another state or having a baby, you will be eligible…

Retiring to a Place or a State of Mind?

By W.A. Smith Financial | November 5, 2013 | Comments Off on Retiring to a Place or a State of Mind?

Work in the modern age has become more virtual — meaning many people can conduct their jobs from home or on the road, thanks to smart phones, laptops and iPads. We used to refer to work as a place, as in “I’m going to work.” Now it’s really more of a verb: “I’m going to…

Attention: A Reminder Not to Take Candy from Strangers

By W.A. Smith Financial | October 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Attention: A Reminder Not to Take Candy from Strangers

This sounds like advice for children. We are forever worrying that they will trust the wrong person, fall for an innocent request for information and get involved in a terrible situation. It’s every parent’s nightmare. These days, it’s every adult child’s nightmare that his or her parents will succumb to some dark and devious plot.…

The Fed: Those Crazy Kids

By W.A. Smith Financial | October 22, 2013 | Comments Off on The Fed: Those Crazy Kids

One month they say they’re going to taper the current quantitative easing program…and a couple of months later they change their minds and decide to keep going. In the interim, interest rates on mortgages jumped, which put a slight damper on the housing market, and the markets fluctuated a little as they adjusted and readjusted…

Lightning Strikes Twice

By W.A. Smith Financial | October 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Lightning Strikes Twice

There’s a saying that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. If you’re talking about the atmospheric phenomenon, apparently that’s just a myth. And if you’re talking about the idiom that refers to the same bad things not happening to people twice in one lifetime, apparently that’s not true either. [CLICK HERE to read…

Lessons From Syria: The Long And Short Of It

By W.A. Smith Financial | October 11, 2013 | Comments Off on Lessons From Syria: The Long And Short Of It

One of the dominant headlines in August and September involves the conflict in Syria. The government is suspected of using chemical weapons against its own people in its battle with rebel forces — an atrocity that continues to be addressed by the United Nations and countries worldwide. [CLICK HERE to read the article, “Syria: No War,…

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