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Brad Rhodes: What if you had a crystal ball?

Can you use a crystal ball to look forward? Ever wonder how different your life might be if ...

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Brad Rhodes: Who gets money from your annuity if you die?

If you buy an annuity and die, the insurance company keeps your money. We have all seen and ...

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Brad Rhodes: Which to choose — asset protection or speculation?

By Brad Rhodes A broad definition of “safe money” is money you can’t afford to lose. Safe money ...

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Buice column: Horsing around on a trip to Kentucky

In Kentucky, it’s all about the horse, of course.If you’re a certain advanced age, you might remember those ...

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Pruitt column: Reflections on Sept. 1

I wasn’t too sure how I would feel when Sept. 1 rolled around this year.Probably somewhat nervous as ...

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Brad Rhodes: What exactly is an annuity?

By Brad Rhodes I get asked this question a lot. “What is an annuity?” Most people I talk ...

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Tim Istock column: Bombing Out

By Tim Istock So, I’ve seen a number of news stories recently involving bomb threats, and while in ...

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Titan Tips: How to get the best out of West

Editor’s note: Janie Peterson graduated from West Forsyth in June and is now a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. ...

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Brad Rhodes: Are you prepared if you’re forced to retire early?

“Since the pandemic was first declared, over 2 million older workers have exited the workforce for good. But, ...

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Jim Buice column: Knee therapy includes unexpected twist

In a quest to explore all avenues before considering knee replacement, I found one that appeared to be ...

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Brad Rhodes: Do you and Babe Ruth have something in common?

“If you’re worried about running out of money when you retire, then you and the 1920s baseball star ...

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Brad Rhodes: Eight important facts about retirement planning

By Brad Rhodes Retirement can mean many different things to many people. For some, it will be a ...

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Brad Rhodes: Some reasons why women should consider annuities for retirement

Below are some reasons why women should consider using annuities to create more prosperous, less stressful retirements. If ...

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Brad Rhodes: What is a prohibited investment in an IRA?

The IRS restricts specific investment options for an IRA. These restrictions do not allow investment in collectibles, antiques, ...

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Marc Pruitt column: They said my tonsils are beautiful

This is my public thank you to the emergency room staff at Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center.It has ...

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Brad Rhodes: Use math, science when planning your retirement

First and foremost, I want to let you know that I would never try to sell you on ...

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Buice column: Another addition to the COVID count

Like everyone else, I thought I knew a lot about COVID-19 … even though I never had it.That ...

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Brad Rhodes: Seven ways to improve 401(k) performance

Improve 401(k) performance with these tips In addition to the below tips, make sure to fully understand asset ...

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Tim Istock: Pulling a commercial-grade fast one

By Tim Istock So you’ve all heard the pitch — somebody appears on the radio and tells you ...

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Brad Rhodes: Is your nest egg cracked?

Potential market losses, increased tax rates — is your retirement nest egg safe? You’ve spent a lot of ...

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Brad Rhodes: Is your debt a snowball or an avalanche?

“10 percent of the people in this world use debt to get richer. 90% use it to get ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor — June 23

How gun deaths compare to the rest of the world How do deaths from guns per 100,000 residents ...

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Brad Rhodes column: Do you insure your home, car?

By Brad Rhodes   Let me pose this question, do you insure your home, cars and valuable possessions? ...

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Brad Rhodes column: Want peace of mind about retirement planning? Diversify

By Brad Rhodes Dollars saved 20 years ago have lost nearly half of their purchasing power. Such inflation ...

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Buice column — A once in a lifetime experience

As cliché as it might sound, seeing Paul McCarthy live and in person, especially in Winston-Salem at Wake ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor — June 2

Something needs to be done I am frustrated and angry about yet another mass shooting. We have talked ...

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Brad Rhodes: Baby Boomers retiring at a rate of 10,000 a day

Many people don’t get defined pension plans from their employers anymore. If anything, employers have reduced their 401(k) ...

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