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Yvonne Garand

Yvonne Garand is our guru for visionary strategy, branding, marketing, business and community development, customer experience, and people development.  

By: Yvonne Garand

March 29th, 2019

Women in Leadership: The Power of the Female Brain

Business Development | Learn Something New

How many times have you sat in a meeting and made a suggestion or a statement that gets you a few nonchalant head nods; then a man in the room makes the same suggestion and receives a round of applause and support? How many times have you been engaged in conversation with a group of men and realized nobody is making eye contact with you anymore and the men have created a bond that you just can’t infiltrate, so you sit quietly, shrink, and settle for observing after several attempts to engage? How many times have you been asked a question by a man, which you answer, and then the questioner bypasses your gaze to check in with another man for the “real answer”? How many times have you heard, “just get to the point”? If you’re a woman, I am confident you can relate.  

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By: Yvonne Garand

June 13th, 2018

How Emotions Can Thwart Your Investment Plans

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

Life experiences fall into three categories: cognitive (thoughts), emotional (feelings) and physical (physiology and actions). Though interconnected, one of these three has a disproportionately larger impact on your decision-making when it comes to finances—emotions. Emotions are volatile and can be stimulated by many triggers, whether it be a new raise, a death in the family, or fluctuating market conditions.

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By: Yvonne Garand

March 6th, 2018

What Should I Do with My Tax Refund?

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

Many taxpayers get excited when they discover that they will get a tax refund. In 2016, the average taxpayer refund was approximately $3,000. That’s a lot of money! So, if you're asking the question "what should I do with my tax refund?" consider these five smart moves.  

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By: Yvonne Garand

February 7th, 2018

Worried about Monday's Stock Market Decline? 

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

Stay Calm, Despite the Headlines You’ve probably heard the news. The market declined on Monday, February 5, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 1,175 points to close at 24,325. The media touted it as the largest single-day point decline in stock market history. Though the headline is true, the overall pull-back amounted to a 4.6% decline. A true market correction is considered a drop of 10% or more, generally resulting in a decline between 10 and 20%. The media may have evoked fear that the market is failing, and that is not necessarily true.    

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By: Yvonne Garand

December 13th, 2017

A Year End Investment Checklist for Smart Investors

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

Looking for new ways to save money at tax time? Smart investors know that their portfolio is a powerful tool for balancing their annual income. To help you put your portfolio to work for you, we have created this year-end investment checklist, which is full of great ideas for leveraging your investments to lower your taxes and tune up your portfolio for the coming year.

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By: Yvonne Garand

November 2nd, 2017

People, Planet, Profit—How Is Your Money Being Used?

Alternative Banking | Local Investing | Cooperatives | Learn Something New

Make an impact through values-based banking The term banking is used to describe the act of using your money for your own financial well-being. It could be saving money in a bank account, paying bills in online banking, or borrowing money for a home, vehicle, or for some other purpose.  

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By: Yvonne Garand

October 25th, 2017

Why a Good Credit Score May Not Help You Get a Loan

Credit and Debt

How lenders view an unsecured debt ratio  Think your good credit score is enough to help you get a loan? It may not be as adequate as you think if your unsecured debt ratio is high. Though most people have some level of unsecured debt, a high ratio of this type of debt is a red flag to lenders that you are not in a position to borrow more. Not sure what this means? Keep reading…

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By: Yvonne Garand

September 28th, 2016

Indirect IRA Rollovers—Reinvest Disbursed Funds

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

What to Do When You Receive Retirement Funds before Retirement If you receive a disbursement of funds from a benefits package or retirement fund before retirement age, you could be liable for taxes and penalties unless you act within a relatively small window of time.  Whether you are changing employers or have received an early disbursement of retirement funds for another reason, you can avoid loss if you know the rules.

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