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Know the odds of the game before investing

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Most of us have seen the data on how expensive mutual funds perform versus the indexes they are trying to beat. They fail miserably. The hot funds of today revert to the mean and tend to underperform going forward – a pretty bleak prospect in desperate need of a solution. Well, what about separately managed… Continue Reading Know the odds of the game before investing

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It’s amazing how much useless stuff you can cram into a Vaultz case. I thought that I had witnessed the epitome of public relations/marketing professionals who just don’t get what the real world of working journalism is when I was hijacked by a couple of folks from an agency and presented with a news release… Continue Reading Work days are too short to waste time on cutesy

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My wife named you Bandit because you stole her heart. I nicknamed you Buoy because you barked and tried to bite at the crab pots as we sailed by. I will always remember our sailing trips together just you and me and the dolphins that you wanted to make friends with. I will always remember… Continue Reading Bandit 'Buoy' Matejczyk, June 22, 1990 – Oct. 2, 2005

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All this business good news … and some bad

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Juniper Bank announced it is opening a call center creating 450 new jobs in the Springs. Intel’s additional few hundred employees for their clean room upgrade are nothing to sneeze at. The Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday that “Northrop Grumman said the U.S Missile Defense Agency had awarded it a deal potentially worth $2.5 billion… Continue Reading All this business good news … and some bad

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Time again to volunteer and make a difference

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It’s that time of year again, time to make a difference. The Pikes Peak United Way, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and the military and business communities are asking Springs residents to participate in the 14th annual Make a Difference Day on Oct. 21 and 22. In 2004, more than 3.5 million volunteers nationwide participated… Continue Reading Time again to volunteer and make a difference

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Referenda C&D vital to Colorado's future

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“Colorado is in trouble,” says Gov. Bill Owens, and he is correct. The 2001 recession hit our state hard. Revenue to our state’s operating account, the general fund, fell by more than $1 billion. We made huge cuts in our budget as a result. For example, we cut state funding to Colorado State University by… Continue Reading Referenda C&D vital to Colorado's future

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Sloganeering has little effect, basis in reality

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Dear Editor: Opponents of Referenda C and D are pursuing a course of ideological sloganeering with little basis in reality. They are perpetually trying to distort the truth claiming Referendum C is contrary to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights even though section 7 (d) of TABOR allows for a refund retention ballot measure that has… Continue Reading Sloganeering has little effect, basis in reality

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C&D: the war of words just causing confusion

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Dear Editor, There have probably been more words written about Referenda C and D than any other ballot issue in recent history – so many that most people seem to be totally confused, turned off and angry. While the pro side tries to make it understandable with too much verbiage, the opponents call it a… Continue Reading C&D: the war of words just causing confusion

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PERA's problems real but in no way unique

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State employees – and taxpayers, in general – are rightly concerned about the long-term health of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Unfortunately, PERA’s predicament isn’t unique. In fact, it’s entirely too typical among public pension plans nationwide. A Wilshire and Associates survey of state retirement systems found that a stunning 93 percent don’t… Continue Reading PERA's problems real but in no way unique

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What if Pikes Peak turned into a volcano?

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New Orleans CityBusiness is a sister publication of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Its publisher, Mark Singletary, is my group publisher. Mark got out of New Orleans on one of the last flights before Hurricane Katrina with his laptop and some server back-up tapes. After setting up office at our newspaper in Baltimore, he is… Continue Reading What if Pikes Peak turned into a volcano?

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