Act soon to close your insurance gap

If you work for a fairly sizable company, you may be entering your open enrollment season, when you can add or adjust your employer-sponsored benefits. While you probably should review all your benefits, you may want to pay special attention to your life insurance to determine if you and your family are adequately
protected.

‘Crab map’ shows big drop in abundance of legal-sized males

Alaska’s fishing industry was dismayed last week by the sudden news that Jeff Regnart, Director of the State’s Commercial Fisheries Division, will leave the job Oct. 2.
“I’m resigning due to family reasons, aging parents; I just can’t be in the state full-time like this job demands,” Regnart explained.
Regnart started as an Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game field tech in high school. Over the next 30 years, he worked his way to management positions at Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet and Bristol Bay.

Do you have a small-business retirement plan?- Sept.16

Financial Focus by Edward Jone If you’re a small-business owner, you’ve always got a lot to do: marketing your products or services, hiring employees, paying your bills, coping with competition – the list goes one and on. But there’s one task you may be overlooking: establishing your own retirement plan. And that’s not something you […]

State Commercial Fisheries Director Jeff Regnart resigns-Sept. 16

Alaska’s fishing industry was dismayed last week by the sudden news that Jeff Regnart, Director of the State’s Commercial Fisheries Division, will leave the job Oct. 2.
“I’m resigning due to family reasons, aging parents; I just can’t be in the state full-time like this job demands,” Regnart explained.
Regnart started as an Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game field tech in high school. Over the next 30 years, he worked his way to management positions at Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet and Bristol Bay.

Consider long-lasting financial gifts to grandchildren

On Sept. 13, we observe National Grandparents Day. If you’re a grandparent, you might get a card or a little present from the grandkids. However, you will probably get greater pleasure from the gifts you give them. And if you’d like to make a financial gift, you’ve got some attractive options. How you choose to […]

Hulking humpie harvest stinks up pink market- Fish Factor- Sept. 9

Alaska’s pink salmon catch is pushing 180 million fish, making it the second-largest harvest ever recorded. (219 million was the previous record set in 2013). 
  The humpie haul has been pushed by record production in three regions. More than 15 million pinks were taken at the Alaska Peninsula, compared to less than 1 million last year.  Kodiak’s record pink catch was nearing 30 million, triple last year’s take; and Prince William Sound’s harvest so far had topped a whopping 97 million pink salmon.  
 All that fish goes into a competitive global market and — in a word — the pink market stinks.  There is still a glut of pink salmon products stemming from Alaska’s record 2013 catch, and devalued currencies are bedeviling sales with overseas customers.

Investors can learn much from the American workforce

We’re getting close to Labor Day, a celebration of the men and women who roll up their sleeves and go to work each day. If you’re in the workforce yourself, you can appreciate this recognition of your efforts. And as an investor, you can employ these attributes of the American worker: • Organization: The most […]

There are no secrets to investment success

Many people look for the “secrets” to investment success. Is it timing the market just right? Is it finding those hot stocks or getting in on the “ground floor” of the next big thing? Actually, these types of moves have little relevance to the vast majority of investors — even the most successful ones. So let’s take a look at some steps you can take that can be effective in helping you work toward your financial goals.

Budget cuts put snag in Chinook Research Initiative

One of the casualties of this year’s budget cuts was funding for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007.
A five-year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in 2013 included more than 100 researchers focused on three dozen projects in 12 major river systems from Southeast to the Yukon. Now, the ambitious effort has been cut to just over one dozen projects.
“When we saw we weren’t going to get a third appropriation this fiscal year, we had to step back and narrow the focus, and make sure key projects still had money to continue for at least the next two years,” said Ed Jones, a coordinator with the state Sport Fish Division who oversees the initiative team.
The project has received two $7.5 million appropriations so far, and just over $6 million remains.

A college degree is still a smart investment

Summer is almost over, which means it’s “back-to-school” time. If you have young children, you may be purchasing backpacks, pencils, notebooks and similar items.
But one day, you could be shopping for colleges — and when you do, you’ll find the bill is a little bit higher than the one you get from your local school-supply store. That’s why it’s never too soon to start saving.
Just how costly is college? For the 2014–2015 school year, the average expense — tuition, fees, room and board — was $18,943 at a public four-year school and $42,419 at a four-year private school, according to the College Board. And if recent history is any guide, these numbers will likely keep climbing.

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