Too often these days, Americans and our government seem to be incapable of agreeing on what the best course of action is, regardless of the issue. This is especially true when we are talking about immigration and immigrants.

Too often these days, Americans and our government seem to be incapable of agreeing on what the best course of action is, regardless of the issue. This is especially true when we are talking about immigration and immigrants.

Plants and flowers are among the popular farmer’s market items.

When I think of a farmers market I think of fresh produce, like asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and lettuce. I was pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of different handmade soaps, chapsticks, body scrubs, water bottles, hand warmers, and even fresh bakery items at the Marion …

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. And if you have young children, you may wa…

We have returned to the Capitol this week after a suspended 2020 legislative session. Before I left, I made a drive-through appointment with Test Iowa in order to make sure I am not a COVID carrier (asymptomatic), in good health and dont put anyone else in jeopardy. The nurses were helpful a…

During the coronavirus pandemic, our health concerns for ourselves and our loved ones have been at the top of our minds. But financial worries have been there, too, both for people whose employment has been affected and for investors anxious about the volatile financial markets. And one aspe…

We suspended the 2020 legislative session on March 17. Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists went back to their districts and homes, not knowing what the next weeks or months would hold for our world, our country and our state.

Q: What policies are you pursuing to help older Americans, especially during the pandemic?

As an investor, youll always need to deal with risk of some kind. But how can you manage the risk thats been made clear by the recent volatility in the financial markets? The answer to this question may depend on where you are in life.

During your retirement, you will likely need to withdraw from your investment portfolio to help pay for your living expenses. So, naturally, youd rather not see the value of that portfolio decline. Yet, if you spend two or three decades in retirement, you might experience several steep marke…

This coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on our essential workersand it has strengthened my commitment to continue fighting for all working Iowans.

Mothers Day is upon us. If youre a mother, youll enjoy the recognition you get from your family on this day. And given the health concerns caused by the coronavirus, your appreciation of family may be even greater this year. As we all know, mothers have a difficult job. And many mothers also…

Coronavirus continues to be the top item in the news and on most of our minds.

Over the past several weeks, many of us have been working from home in response to the social distancing necessitated by the coronavirus. Nonetheless, we still have opportunities to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. And now, with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated on April…

Dear Savvy Senior, Amid all the troubling coronavirus news, Ive also read that there are various coronavirus scams going around right now taking advantage of innocent people who are afraid of getting sick or are worried about those that have. What can you tell me about coronavirus scams and…

Q: How might scammers exploit the pandemic to steal Iowans recovery payments?

The health aspect of the coronavirus affects everyone were all concerned about our well-being and those of our loved ones and communities. However, the economic impact may vary among different age groups and if youre retired or about to retire, you might have some special concerns about star…

Business as we know it during COVID19 has changed. Several Marion restaurants have adopted the to go and curbside options and some businesses have re-invented their websites to include pick-up and shipping options. COVID19 has changed the way we purchase, socialize and work.

You contribute to an IRA and 401(k) to help build the financial resources youll need to enjoy a comfortable retirement. But despite these funds being set aside for retirement, many investors use them before they retire. More than half of Americans tap into their retirement savings early, acc…

Jean Oxley, a lifelong resident of Linn County, passed away March 29. Private services for the immediate family were held in accordance with state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date and time, to be announced. M…

Spring is officially here and for many of us, that means its time for some spring cleaning around our homes and yards. But why stop there? This year, why not do some financial spring cleaning, too?

It has been a couple of exhausting weeks for many Iowans as we make immediate lifestyle changes to protect our families, workplaces and communities from the COVID-19 outbreak. Our jobs, schools, routines and plans have all been impacted.

Its important to have cash available for your everyday spending and the inevitable rainy day. However, you also need to develop a cash strategy that can contribute to your long-term financial success. But just how much cash do you need? And in what form?

Q: What is Congress doing to address the public health and economic emergency?

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in taking our two grandkids on a big trip this summer and are looking for some good ideas. Can you recommend some travel companies that offer special travel packages for grandparents and grandkids? Doting Grandparents

As you go through life, youll have many financial goals. Fortunately, you dont need to achieve them all at the same time. But when you have a mix of short- and long-term goals, you will need to pursue some different investment strategies simultaneously.

What do your fellow citizens fear most? Almost half of them 49% are most afraid of running out of money during retirement, a higher percentage than the 44% whose chief concern is failing health, according to a recent survey by Aegon Center for Longevity and other groups.

International Womens Day 2020 is observed on March 8. This special day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Yet, women still face gender barriers as they seek to achieve their financial goals. How can you address these challenges?

Iowans made clear their support for our natural resources and recreational opportunities at the ballot box, and Governor Reynolds has put forth an idea that is drawing praise and criticism (SSB3116 and HSB657).