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How much have you saved for retirement? Are you on pace to amass a retirement fund of $1 million by age 65? More than a few retirement counselors urge pre-retirees to strive for that goal. If you have $1 million in invested assets when you retire, you can withdraw 4 percent a year from your …

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More than 70 percent of college graduates began their career owing more than $37,000 in student loans in 2017. Considering the additional living expenses they’ll soon face, new college graduates would be wise to focus on their financial future right now, says Magnolia State Bank. Magnolia St…

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Sandy Holified has been elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Southern Economic Development Council. The vice president of the Jones County Economic Development Authority was recognized recently at the SEDC annual conference in Mobile, Ala.

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The Direct Support Employee of the Month winners for June at Ellisville State School are, from left, Destiny Cook of Stringer, Stephanie Jones of Bassfield, Shelia McCann of Laurel and Tracy Bridges of Ellisville.

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The Ellisville State School Direct Support Employee of the Month winners for May were Jane Shepherd of Laurel and Teresa Sullivan of Soso. Winners who aren’t not pictured are Kaneesha Flowers of Ellis- ville and Cedrick Lawrence of Laurel.

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Some couples elect to consolidate their personal finances, while others largely keep their financial lives separate. What choice might suit your household?

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Johnson Controls will improve critical equipment, systems and infrastructure in Jones County School District’s three high schools – Northeast Jones High, South Jones High and West Jones High. The company’s Performance Infrastructure leaders and school district leaders partnered to assess and…

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A major shift has occurred in the financial world. More and more financial professionals have moved away from the industry’s traditional compensation model to a new one — in the eyes of many of them, a better one.

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Imagine an income stream you cannot outlive. That sums up the appeal of an annuity. If you are interested in steady retirement income (and the potential to defer taxes), you might want to look at the potential offered by annuities. Before making the leap, however, you must understand how they work.

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Imagine an income stream you cannot outlive. That sums up the appeal of an annuity. If you are interested in steady retirement income (and the potential to defer taxes), you might want to look at the potential offered by annuities. Before making the leap, however, you must understand how they work.

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OXFORD – Fifty years is a long time to be at the forefront of an industry, but business visionary Thomas W. Colbert’s legacy began as Mississippi’s youngest bank CEO in 1968 and led to his founding the state’s first bank-holding company in 1977. And he keeps leading, now as senior chairman o…

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Bingo is now available at Bok Homa Casino. The Event Center will now house bingo sessions for players to enjoy. To celebrate this new permanent offering, Bok Homa Casino hosted grand-opening events March 17 and again last Saturday. The grand-opening events included an early-bird bingo sessio…

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According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 70 percent of the nation’s taxpayers received a tax refund in 2017, averaging nearly $3,000, and they will get a similar amount this year.

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Many people save and invest vaguely for the future. They know they need to accumulate money for retirement, but when it comes to how much they will need or how they will do it, they are not quite sure. They will “wing it,” hope for the best, and see how it goes. How do they know they are rea…

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As a young woman, you have an opportunity to make some major financial strides. You truly have time on your side when it comes to investing, saving and harnessing the power of compounding. Now is the time to pay yourself first and do those things that could make you wealthy in the future.

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When you marry or simply share a household with someone, your financial life changes — and your approach to managing your money may change as well. To succeed as a couple, you may also have to succeed financially. The good news is that is usually not so difficult.

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What kind of retirement do you think you’ll have? Qualitatively speaking, what if the success or failure of your retirement begins with your perception of retirement?

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Stocks sometimes retreat. That reality can be overlooked in a long bull market. Bear markets do appear, and a deep downturn could force you to sell securities in retirement, so you can pay for necessary expenses.

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The Direct Support Employee of the Month winners for November were recently announced at Ellisville State School. Winners are, from left, Kaland Caraway of Bay Springs, Lisa Horne of Vossburg and Cody Boyles of Waynesboro. Samuel Walters of Laurel also was honored.

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The spring session of the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s Prescribed Burning Short Course is scheduled for March 6-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn Hattiesburg. The course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi.

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Is 80 percent of your portfolio held in equities? Perhaps it is without you realizing it. You could invite this risk, and others, if you go too long without rebalancing your portfolio.

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An executive transitions into a consulting role at age 62 and stops working altogether at 65; then he becomes a buyer for a church network at 69. A corporate IT professional decides to conclude her career at age 58; she serves as a city council member in her 60s, then opens an art studio at 70.

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Headrick Signs and Graphics of Laurel, which is celebrating its 90th year in business, honored 50-year employee William Lyon Herrington.

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Are you making charitable donations this holiday season? If so, you should know about some of the financial “fine print” involved, as the right moves could potentially bring more of a benefit to the charity and to you.

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Some of us may retire at 65 and live to 100 or 105. Advances in health care may make this a strong possibility. The corresponding question is: will we outlive our money?

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While the Laurel Clinic of Southern Eye Center officially opened in June of this year, the physicians and staff will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event on Thursday from 4:30-7 p.m., in conjunction with a Business After Hours event with the Economic Development Authority of Jones C…

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SouthGroup at 409 Central Ave. is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 601-649-4062. The company is also on Facebook and at www.southgroup.net.

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Visit Mississippi, the tourism division of the Mississippi Development Authority, officially launched the new state tourism website, featuring dynamic content and a user-friendly layout designed to engage visitors on all digital formats.

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Whether your 65th birthday is on the horizon or decades away, you should understand the parts of Medicare – what they cover and where they come from.

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When you buy a home, are you investing? If you buy it to flip it or buy it as a rental property, the answer is yes. If you buy a home simply to live in it, the answer may be no.

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Begonia Jones of Care Center of Laurel has received the first-place award in the category of Certified Nursing Assistants in the 2017 MHCA Volunteer and Caregivers Awards, the Mississippi Health Care Association announced.

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We have seen some uneasy times lately. Uneasiness impacts the financial markets. When it does, we all need to keep some long-term perspective in mind. Those who race to the sidelines and exit equities may regret the choice when crises pass.