Author Archives: Laurie Nordquist

Keeping Your Financial Goal in Your Mind’s Eye

Planning for retirement and investing is a lot like sailing and the markets can be unpredictable like the wind. But no matter how choppy the water or how off course you may find yourself, you must continue with confidence and … Continue reading

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Taking steps to retirement isn’t always easy

“Taking action toward any long-term goal can be daunting. The results can seem intangible and the rewards seemingly non-existent. However, taking steps to retirement in order to build a sizable nest egg should be a top financial priority for anyone … Continue reading

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Who’s paying down your debt?

Have you seen the CNBC reality TV show Til Debt Do Us Part? It focuses on helping couples who have accumulated significant debt take control of their financial lives. The show’s star, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, says she takes a tough love… Continue reading

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Your opinion counts

While we might all tire from telemarketers calling at dinner time to ask for dollars or our opinion, most of us welcome a call from a friend, family or colleague asking our opinion. I don’t reach out as often as … Continue reading

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When do you qualify for old?

When do qualify for old? Is it based on age or attitude? My age still rounds down to 50, I certainly don’t feel old. Yet I remember when my parents were 50 and they seemed ancient. I do believe that … Continue reading

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Empty nest = what to do with all our free time

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that my husband and I have more free time now that our kids are out of the house and we have an empty nest. We still have two in college so we need to be … Continue reading

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Taking action isn’t always easy

Did your mother ever say to you should do something because “It’s good for you.” I know I’ve said that on more than a few occasions to my three kids. Whether it was “Eat your vegetables,” “Get some exercise” or … Continue reading

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Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries…

My calendar is key for reminding me of important dates and events. Whether it’s someone’s birthday or anniversary or a holiday, that calendar reminder prompts me to do something. I may send a card, make a phone call or plan … Continue reading

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ROI on College

We have three kids in college right now. Fortunately, we have saved diligently for this and two of three were fortunate enough to get scholarships that help bring down the price tag a bit. College is a big investment and … Continue reading

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Charting your course

I recently spent a few days on a sailboat on Lake Superior with a group of 5 friends. Lake Superior is the largest fresh water body of water in the world. When you are out on a sailboat, you hear … Continue reading

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