Values-based investment growing in Tri-Cities, nationwide

By Eleanor Cummins Preparing for retirement isn’t just about getting finances in order. Faith-based financial advisers, whose ranks are rapidly expanding in the Tri-Cities and across the country, say retirement is also a time to reaffirm commitments to family, friends and the causes you believe in. Michelle Clary is one such adviser in Kennewick. Many […]

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Don’t be ‘all thumbs’ when it comes to retirement planning

By Benjamin Messinger My favorite economics professor started our first class by asking: “What is the purpose of a business?” A classmate called out, “To make a profit.” Our professor replied, “Wrong! The purpose of a business is to MAXIMIZE profit! Making a profit leads to golfing in Ritzville. Maximizing profit leads to scuba diving […]

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Terry Chick, who relies on Social Security for his income, mows his own lawn at his Kennewick home to save money. He’s one of a growing number of senior citizens nationwide relying on Social Security as their primary source of income.

More seniors relying on Social Security as main income

By Robin Wojtanik Terry Chick is among a growing percentage of Baby Boomers who rely on a Social Security check every month as a main source of income. But it’s not a position he expected to be in after decades of full-time work. “I’ve never been to a financial planner,” he said. Chick’s face may […]

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Probate could be avoided with proper planning

By Beau Ruff Few words evoke such strong negative imagery as the term “probate.” For most people, they are not sure exactly what probate entails, but they know they want to avoid it at all cost. Contrary to conventional wisdom — and unlike other states — Washington has a simplified and streamlined probate process. Indeed, […]

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Dick Boushey walks through his vineyard near Grandview. The longtime grape grower is taking over management of Klipsun Vineyards on Red Mountain, which is considered one of the top vineyards in the state. The 120-acre vineyard was recently bought by Chicago-based Terlato Wines International. (Courtesy Wine News Service)

120-acre Red Mountain vineyard sold to Chicago-based company

By Wine News Service A Chicago company recently bought one of Red Mountain’s top vineyards. And one of Washington wine country’s most celebrated grape growers will be managing it. Dick Boushey will be oversee the 120-acre Klipsun Vineyard for Terlato Wines International, a leading importer and marketer. The company also owns such Napa Valley brands […]

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Bethany Cooper, left, and Alyssa Schultheiss of Kennewick High School confer during the Junior Achievement High-Tech Business Challenge, an online business simulation contest on April 25 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

High school students test their business knowledge in Junior Achievement contest

By Melissa Heaton Pasco High’s Purple Powerhouse team earned bragging rights, cash and a traveling trophy after showcasing their business savvy during Junior Achievement’s 10th annual High-Tech Business Challenge. The team was among 56 students and 20 teams from Pasco, Kennewick, Richland and College Place school districts who competed in the business simulation contest April […]

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Washington state wine industry marks 30-year milestone

Wineries, winegrowers experiencing explosive growth since wine commission formed in 1987 By Heather Bradshaw This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Washington State Wine Commission, a marketing, communications and research organization that represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in the state. In 1987, early industry visionaries saw the need to bring […]

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Try these asset protection strategies to protect your nest egg

By Beau Ruff We make money and we want to keep it. But, potential creditors are lurking around every corner. Perhaps it’s a professional malpractice claim. Perhaps it’s a divorce. Perhaps it’s a car accident. Perhaps it’s medical bills. Perhaps it’s a business lawsuit. How can you protect these assets so your nest egg isn’t […]

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