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The Independent Investor: What Does Your 401(k) Investments Look Like?
It might surprise you to know that many retirement savers religiously contribute to their tax-deferred savings plans but have no idea what investments they own. Many plan representatives simply suggest that if you don't know, just invest in a target date retirement fund. Is this a good idea?   Most 401(k)s and 403(B)s
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'Long Shot': Proves a Winning Bet
I'm giving director Jonathan Levine's "Long Shot" a three, even though by most of my film-criticizing parameters (pace, creativity, screenplay, blah, blah, blah) it rates a 2.5. But hey, it's such a convivial and much needed feel-good movie that I'm figuring why be a piker? It's not like I have to pay Microsoft a
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Why Should Recent Graduates Care About Retirement Planning?
If you've graduated from college in the past year or so and started your first job, you're no doubt learning a lot about establishing yourself as an adult and being responsible for your own finances. So thoughts of your retirement are probably far away. And yet you have several good reasons to invest in your 401(k) or similar
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Health Matters: Four Quick Tips to Protect Against Anaplasmosis
For those who don't work in health care, the disease anaplasmosis sounds made up. In reality, it's the second most common tick-borne illness affecting our region.  Like Lyme disease, the most common one, it is caused by bacteria carried by the blacklegged tick. According to the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont has the
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U.S. Open Local Qualifier Held at Berkshire Hills
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rutland, Vt.'s, Jared Nelson and Dartmouth's, Mark Purrington Tuesday earned a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament with their performances at the local qualifier at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The two tied for first in the one-round event at 3-under-par 69 to earn the two
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North Adams Weekend Festival Features Music, Art and Wellness
Danielle Klebes is painting 'Outdoor Recreation' on the back of Tres Ninos.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The O-Positive Festival is set to kick off on Friday with two days of music, performance, art and health care.    "O-Positive is a cultural and wellness organization that supports the
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Rousseau Wins 18th Annual LeClair Race
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brandon Rousseau won the 18th annual Jocelyn E. LeClair Memorial Scholarship Race on Sunday at Windsor Lake.   Rousseau covered the 5-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 4 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of the field.   The runner up — and first woman across the line — was April
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@theMarket: New Highs Beget New Highs
Some people believe we are in a "melt-up." It is where the simple weight of money pouring into the U.S. stock market continues to carry stocks ever higher. Whether that qualifies as an investment thesis, or simply a lame excuse to justify record highs, it matters little to the bulls.   It is true that this past week, we
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New Director of Development Joins Jacob's Pillow
BECKET, Mass. — Ina Clark has joined Jacob's Pillow as director of development. Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of the Arts recipient, home to America's longest running dance festival, and has recently expanded to become a year-round center for dance research and development. "I
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Berkshire United Way Names New CEO
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire United Way has announced that Candace Winkler will replace outgoing CEO and Executive Director Kristine Hazzard. Winkler comes to BUW from Santa Barbara. She will overlap with Hazzard for a month, and, after wrapping up things in California, will begin her full-time solo tenure in Pittsfield on July
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