By Maurice Stouse, Branch Manager and Financial Advisor These days many investors are in search of income. With interest rates nearing record lows, a recent sell off in the stock market, job losses, early retirements, reduced or eliminated dividends, and income security has become even more important to many Americans....
By Chris Balzar, ECES If you are like most people, when your electric bill arrives every month, you place it in the “to pay” folder and open it later. When we do get around to opening the electric bill, we look at the amount owed; some sigh, some grunt, some...
By Victoria Ostrosky Janet and Sam had just enough time to hurriedly, with shaking hands, grab some framed photos, their laptops and changes of clothes. The police officer urged them to move quickly. With their adrenaline pumping like they had just run a sprint, they drove out of their subdivision,...
Seasoned mortgage extraordinaire and lifelong resident of the Florida panhandle As Regional Production Manager for Inlanta Mortgage, Inc., Balenda brings over 18 years of experience in the mortgage industry and title field to those she works with and is pleased to find herself still just as passionate about her clients...
Managing an organization is a full-time commitment and a business owner’s top priority. The day to day can become easily consumed by administrative responsibilities, vast amounts of paperwork, government compliance and detailed accounting. Unless your business specializes in these areas, that does not leave much time for the heart of...
CareerSource Okaloosa Walton systematically began reopening its Fort Walton Beach Career Center on May 18th to serve those most impacted by COVID-19. Virtual services will continue to be provided online, by phone and email. Initially, the career center will be open by appointment only, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4...
By Chris Balzar, ECES In my household, energy consumption has increased with the stay-at-home order and e-learning with my children. We are streaming more, using devices more. We are using and occupying living spaces more, cooking more, washing hands more, using major appliances more. We can’t avoid more, so below...
By Maurice Stouse, Branch Manager and Financial Advisor Many investors today worry about identity theft, which can mean the loss of some or, all of their assets. Identity theft is often reported to the work of a known attacker, making defense that much more difficult. It is more difficult because...
By Victoria Ostrosky Our local retail shops and restaurants are cautiously re-opening, with limitations. Our beaches are once again being enjoyed by residents and vacationers while (hopefully) adhering to social distancing. We are moving forward, closely monitoring the ongoing pandemic threat and hoping to slowly put it behind us. Andrea caught...
By Chris Balzar Now that most of us are spending more time at home and using more energy, here are a few myths to help save energy. Let’s face it, saving energy has an important impact for all of us. Sometimes this advice can get confusing or contradicting and we...

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