Lights, Cameras, Action!

Celebrating its 25th year, Palm Springs International Film Festival enjoys its place as a go-to destination for Academy members and starry-eyed visitors

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Celebrating its 25th year, Palm Springs International Film Festival enjoys its place as a go-to destination for Academy members and starry-eyed visitors

The New Age of the 401K

Even without employer matches, employees should contribute, experts say

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Gone are the days when companies offered generous employer contributions to their employees’ 401(k) plans. In the 1980s, Forbes magazine matched employee contributions dollar for dollar.

Not Your Parents’ Plan

Baby Boomers face a new set of rules for retirement

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“Baby boomers are completely rewriting retirement for today’s realities,” says Chuck Underwood, founder and principal of The Generational Imperative, a Cincinnati-based consulting firm.

Wealth – The Feel-Good Effect

Charitable giving benefits people in need — and donors, too

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In the Coachella Valley — where almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations raise money to heal, education, serve, and inspire — charitable giving is a way of life.

Equal Marriage

Same-sex couples should consider their financial status in the wake of DOMA’s demise

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Since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act same-sex couples should tend to important financial details that will have long-ranging effects.

Obamacare Causing Anxiety

Insurers will cover more people, but premium rates could soar, experts say

Ellen Paris. Health & Wellness

One point that pundits, physicians, and policymakers agree on is that it’s unclear what Obamacare means for employers, employees, self-employed individuals, and the currently uninsured.

Inspiration for Sale

The most luxurious houses on the market blend imaginative architecture and the best of the indoor/outdoor desert lifestyle

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Initially an outpost influenced by Spanish architecture, then an experimental pool for midcentury modern pioneers, the Coachella Valley today fires up the imagination with a breadth of styles drawing on influences throughout time and place.

WEALTH – Seeing the Light

Investing successfully in renewable energy demands rigorous due diligence

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Every month the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership hosts a Renewable Energy Roundtable at the UCR Palm Desert Campus. Participants include renewable energy experts, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and elected officials. Attendees are updated on the status of proposed and under-construction projects, including wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass within an hour drive of the Coachella Valley.   “We started this in summer of

WEALTH – The Passing of Wealth

With estate tax laws in flux, high net worth individuals find planning a challenge

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While estate planning professionals don’t expect new legislation until after the November election, many experts have speculated that estate taxes may revert back to 2001-2002 levels.