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July real estate stats bring positive details

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Some interesting facts came to mind as I was looking over the new Pikes Peak Association of Realtors report. While local sales are basically the same as they were a year ago, the full report includes an “investor snapshot” that indicates single family/patio homes sales in July were the highest for the month since 2007.… Continue Reading July real estate stats bring positive details

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Several years ago the Institute of Medicine, health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed something startling about U.S. health care: Many Americans get too much; at the same time, others get too little. And both groups have a good chance of receiving care that could injure or even kill them. That framework for… Continue Reading What happens when we get too much health care?

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I t’s been said there are two times in life when you are truly alone: just before you die and just before you deliver a five-minute speech. Stage fright can be terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be paralyzing. Delivering more than a thousand speeches teaches one about getting through to the audience.  Because I… Continue Reading Some tips for making the most of speaking opportunities

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Low Interest Rates are Here to Stay. Help Solve the Interest Rate Puzzle. Five Reasons Rates Will Stay Low for the Next Decade. If these headlines sound familiar, we subscribe to similar news sources. Having survived the Great Recession, many now wonder when the Federal Reserve will reverse its low-interest-rate policy and start to raise… Continue Reading The effects of a low-interest-rate environment

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How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

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Employers, HR directors and payroll managers have a lot on their plate with compliance. It’s extremely difficult to stay up on all the changes and details of local, state and federal employment compliance topics. Wage and Hour investigations might not be as familiar as OSHA or IRS audits, but their notoriety is increasing due to… Continue Reading How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

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As we read about the latest bank settlement with the federal government, it may seem that $7 billion is a hefty fine to be paid by Citigroup. Apparently it’s not. Citigroup’s shares were up 3 percent after the settlement, so someone must think it’s a good deal. Some may argue any settlement is better than… Continue Reading Who should be culpable for Citigroup’s bad dealings?

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Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.” Of course you have, because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone. A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. A… Continue Reading Take a vacation from your vocation, because it works

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Grants to UCCS Aging Center support elder care and caregivers

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Aging Center was recently awarded three grants, totaling more than $500,000, from the Colorado Health Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging. A two-year $372,708 Colorado Health Foundation grant and a $75,000 Caring for Colorado grant will support the center’s… Continue Reading Grants to UCCS Aging Center support elder care and caregivers

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The stereotype for retirement is fishing, gardening, horseback riding or playing golf — and not doing much else. The classic idea of retirement as a life of uninterrupted leisure is evolving. With people living longer, they’re more active in early retirement, and many choose to focus this energy on a retirement lifestyle much different from… Continue Reading How much will you need to enjoy your retirement?

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How vital is your neighborhood to your well-being? How would you describe your neighborhood to someone looking to relocate? How would you rate your neighborhood’s social, physical and economic climate? Economic — Are there businesses located within a few miles of your home? Do you have choices for going out to eat nearby? Are you… Continue Reading Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

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