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The Independent Investor: Financial Planners Held to Higher Standard
The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule looks "iffy" at best, thanks to a March court ruling. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency exceeded its authority in insisting that financial services firms act as fiduciaries when giving advice to most tax-deferred savings accounts. However, some financial advisers are ignoring
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'The Leisure Seeker': Two for the Road
If you are of a certain age, which I am, then director Paolo Virzi's "The Leisure Seeker" is certain to resonate anywhere from sentimentally positive to depressingly negative, depending of course on how you view the last few chapters of the life experience. It is not an easy subject, especially in these overindulged times when
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Newer Investors: Don't Panic if Bear Market Returns
If you're in your 20s or 30s, you might be starting to focus more on investing to reach your financial goals. Because of this, you also may be more attuned to moves in the financial markets. Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the bull market of the past nine years, so you might not know what to expect – or how
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Easter Events in the Berkshires
Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.   Saturday, March 24 Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations
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Colonoscopies: A Worthwhile Effort
Dr. Adnan Sohail is a gastroenterologist at SVMC. Early colorectal cancer often has no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.  Approximately 4.6 percent of men (1 in 22) and 4.2 percent of women (1 in 24) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Some of the factors that increase risk are age,
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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Community College Hosts Annual 40 Under Forty Awards
40 Under Forty This year's awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 29. Berkshire Community College, in partnership with 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Eagle, is hosting the third annual Berkshire County 40 Under Forty Awards. The event aims to recognize outstanding young professionals who are excelling in their
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Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County raised approximately $15,000 at its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Feb. 1, 250 in attendance. The event began with an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO of Pittsfield. Following dinner, three judges sampled the unique confections
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Democratic Candidates For Governor Share Views at Pittsfield Forum
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three Democratic candidates all believe that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.    It is just a matter of which one of them will be on the ballot against him.   Will it be former Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov.
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Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
The team from St. Mary's School in Lee was called 'Anything But Last.' The team did not come in last in Saturday's Robotics Challenge. LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on
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@theMarket: Trump's Trade Wars Sink Markets
World markets declined again this week. Despite world condemnation, which included most of America's economists and corporations, Donald Trump unilaterally forged ahead in implementing his own brand of protectionism. Investors fear the consequences.   While tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are still being negotiated, the
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