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THE COUNSELOR'S CORNER: Love is all around us

September 25, 2018

By Fred Cavaiani Last Friday our youngest granddaughter, Giuliana, celebrated her 5th birthday. The party was held at one of the bounce party centers that are becoming so popular now. Her kindergarten class was all invited. I sat there watching all the ...

TAKING STOCK: 'Free Cash Flow' explained and investing in CenturyLink

September 25, 2018

Dear Mr. Berko: In 2011, I asked you about investing in CenturyLink because I needed the income. You wrote me: "Don't buy that junk. It has nowhere to go but down." It was $38, and the $2.90 dividend was yielding 7.4 percent. Certificates of deposit ...

LEGAL PEOPLE

September 25, 2018

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Gamalski, member of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed treasurer of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. With more than 3,500 members, the Real Property Law Section ...

COMMENTARY: How to spot a con - Distracting the brain

September 25, 2018

By Samuel C. Damren Pick-pockets utilize distraction. The garden variety pick-pocket bumps into you when he lifts your wallet. The more skillful have a partner who bumps into you. Polished culprits work as a trio: one bumps into you, one lifts your wallet ...

MY TURN: Ceremonies take on lasting flavor for newlyweds

September 25, 2018

Over the past two years, I've attended a half-dozen weddings, some of them involving friends of my son, who at nearly 37 years of age is still enjoying the freedom of bachelorhood. If and when he decides to get married, I have suggested he might consider the ...

NERDWALLET: Your house isn't a piggy bank

September 25, 2018

By Liz Weston NerdWallet Your home equity could keep you afloat in retirement or bail you out in an emergency - but not if you spend it first. U.S. homeowners are sitting on nearly $6 trillion of home value they could tap as of May 2018, according to data ...