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What’s All the Buzz About?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Fraud is the daughter of greed.” - Jonathan Gash, The Great California Game Question: Please explain high-frequency trading (HFT) and what this means to individual investors? Answer: Simply stated, high-frequency trading describes computer-based stock market activity. The practice relies on mathematical technology and trading systems known as algorithms which allow traders to buy and sell securities within nanoseconds. The notion of high-speed stock market trading isn’t new. What’s new is Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.” While promoting his book that explores the world of high-speed fiber optics trading, Lewis ... Read More »

How to Write an Online Article

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Our marketing firm receives numerous requests to write articles for businesses online, because managers struggle with understanding how to write for search engine optimization. In my last column, I suggested businesses look at hiring content writers for their websites and to submit articles to websites such as mashable.com, ezinearticle.com, examiner.com, ehow.com and articlesbase.com. Some of you requested writing tips for success. This month’s column focuses on four tips that are key to successfully writing an article for a third-party site and for your own website’s optimization with search engines. Submit articles that are 70 ... Read More »

May I have a word with you?

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By Carol Glassman I have a problem with love. Not being loved or giving love, but with the word being overused insincerely a great deal of the time. It bothers me when an acquaintance or even a good friend ends a phone call with “Love ya.” I want to stop them dead in their tracks and question, “Why?” Don’t take that the wrong way. I am sure there are specific people who find me likable and even lovable, but I just don’t think a run-of-the-mill call to someone to give them an inconsequential piece of information demands such an effusive ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net There are always good things to mention in this column. Recently, I went to Tallahassee to represent Collier County at the Florida Association of Counties Legislation Week. I am on the board of directors for the FAC. While there, I called on a number of our local legislators to tell them of our county’s concerns and priorities. One of the items especially important to Marco Island is the beach and continued renourishment dollars. The county’s Coastal Management Director, Gary McAlpin, had requested state dollars to help with funding needed for renourishment. While in Tallahassee I happened to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McNaboe

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I hope city council follows the planning board recommendation and approves the Marriott expansion with no further delays, we are lucky to have 2 first Class hotels  (Marriott & Hilton) on Marco Island, they have always been very generous with all pf our different fund raisers and are considered Great Neighbors.  If it wasn’t for an  invitation to the Hilton Grand Opening in 1985, I may not have ever found Marco Island!! Sincerely, Michael McNaboe Resident Since 1985! Read More »

Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

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KEEP MOVING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER, WELL-BALANCED FAMILY TOMORROW! Did You Know- According to the New England Journal of Medicine today’s young people are not expected to outlive their parents!  This is a startling statistic and is mostly related to Youth Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was in the paper. Walter was one of the few survivors left from Pearl Harbor. Even in his 90s, he never forgot a thing. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to his friends, and was as feisty as ... Read More »

Pack Rat or Hoarder?

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By Carol Glassman Many people like to accumulate things, and at a certain age, find they have amassed what looks more like a jumble than an organized collection. For some, it represents the inability to throw things away, fearing these items may be of use one day; while for others, it’s the inability to say “no” when someone drops off yet another homeless cat on the doorstep. At any rate, hoarding exists and seems to be more prevalent, or perhaps just more noticeable, than it used to be. The media — television in particular — finds it interesting enough to ... Read More »

We Don’t Need a Guide…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There is a common expression in Turkish which roughly translates to “you don’t need a guide to tell you how to get there if you can see the destination.” This expression — which I heard many times as a young man growing up in Turkey — applies well to the situation in Ukraine today. Russia is preparing to invade and annex Ukraine as well as the neighboring country of Moldova. As I have done before, I would like to stress that I am writing this article on Sunday, March 30. The situation is fluid and ... Read More »

Increase the Confidence Factor

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Go as far as you can see. When you get there – you’ll be able to see farther.” - J.P. Morgan  Question: “How do I know if I will outlive my money?” – Julie F., Marco Island. Answer: Most Baby Boomers, retirees and pre-retirees — especially women — wrestle at some level with the dilemma of depleting their assets. Increased longevity and economic uncertainty are valid reasons to be concerned. The first step before you run off to one of the many lunch or dinner presentations and do something with your nest egg that ... Read More »

Tax Questions Answered

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” Will Rogers Question: I’m working on my tax return. What can I focus on to save money and make this easier for next year? Answer: By now, you’ve likely received most of the necessary information to prepare your return. The next step is to concentrate on organizing and documenting taxable income and deductible expenses. If you’ve been diligent throughout the year with recordkeeping, the process shouldn’t be too overwhelming. For most of us, the days are gone when we could ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net We have some “stars” amongst us! We’ve known for a number of years that Mr. and Mrs. Jon Ladig were “angels amongst us” as they stepped forward to make our Marco Island museum a reality, and they continued to support and encourage the museum every step of the way, attending most of the functions and befriending everyone they met. Now, they also have been recognized as “Stars in the Arts” by the United Arts Council of Collier County. They received accolades and praise at the Stars in the Arts Annual Awards Luncheon. Many Marco Islanders attended the ... Read More »

How Do You Play the Game?

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By Carol Glassman Have you fully recovered from Olympic fever yet? Even from a distance it’s hard not to get caught up in the fervor and fever of the Olympic Games, getting a camera’s view of a country we may never visit and having an opportunity to witness people striving to be No. 1 after years of training, deprivation of a ‘normal’ life and hard work. A little of that competitive nature must be spreading, judging by the way people handle that four-wheeled lethal weapon commonly known as the automobile. Give people steering wheels and horns, and they become creatures ... Read More »

Imagine…No Power…No Peace…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It is Saturday night, March 15. A bright full moon graces Marco Island. It is the end of yet another beautiful day as I sit in front of my desktop computer writing this opinion piece, with windows in my room wide open to the scents and sounds of nature. It is very peaceful. It is hard to imagine that somewhere in the horizon there, past the Gulf of Mexico, the mountains and the oceans, Ukrainians are waking up to a miserable day, when a large portion of their country (Crimea) will be separated and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s Master Plan

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I have been following the Marriott expansion plans intently for months now but a recent spike in Letters to the Editor opposing the plans based solely on Marco being a “residential retirement community” or “tranquil resort island” could not be further from the truth. For the record, I enjoyed five wonderful years employed in the mid 2000′s at the Marco Island Marriott, serving as Recreation Director in my latter years. Additionally, I was the proud author of an in-depth book about our island: Marco Island, Culture & History was published in 1995. When Deltona Corporation executives Elliott, Robert and Frank Mackle Jr. created the island’s master ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Our Donors from THE Nautical Flea Market

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Marco Island Marina Association and the Marco Island Sailing Center would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to our donors for the March 8th Nautical Flea Market at MIMA. Without the help of our silent auction donors we would not be able to raise the funds for the upcoming youth sailing program this summer.  Thank you all again for your generosity! -  Terry Naylon, Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano, Gino’s Trattoria, Marriott Resorts/Members Club at Marco, Hibiscus Golf Club, Island Country Club, Key West Express, Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, Marco Island Sea Excursions Inc, Marco Polo Restaurant, ... Read More »

Tending the Garden

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington, British Journalist, 1941-2008 Question: After last year’s market activity, should I review and rebalance my investments? Answer: Yes, to maximize your efforts, it’s beneficial to monitor your portfolio on a regular basis. Whether you need to rebalance will depend on your goals and results. In many ways, investment oversight is like tending a garden. We have a small garden in our back yard that Pete tends to, and from what I see, it takes a ... Read More »

2014 Marketing Trends

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Keeping up with the Jones’ is a cliché to follow in business, but businesses should take it one step further and beat the Jones’ when it comes to business. In 2014, marketing success is based less on the basics of advertising and more on businesses finding unique ways to deliver goods and services. Technology and strategic product development to no one’s surprise have been named by “Forbes Magazine” as leading agents for marketing successes this year. The perfect company setting an example in leading solutions to consumer challenges is Groupon. The company started as a ... Read More »

Ukraine….

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasu tayasun@taray.com Due to various obligations and travel, I was not going to send in an article to the next issue. However, after spending a sleepless night watching the ongoing events, I wanted to at least inform the readers as to what is going on in Ukraine, and what all this means for us in America. As I write this article at 6 AM on Sunday, March 2, Russian troops are on the move into Ukraine. On Friday, President Barack Obama promised “there will be costs” for Russia if the country moved on neighboring Ukraine — although ... Read More »

Help! I’m submerged in e-mail!

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By Carol Glassman Every morning, I am reluctant to admit, if I don’t have an early appointment I rise, and instead of shining, head for the computer. One excuse is that perhaps someone has sent me a message to inform me of a meeting, an event, a cancellation or just to update me on family matters. Possibly a client or two needs some writing or editing. Of course I simply need to scan the news from two or three newspapers. Well, that doesn’t account for the many pieces of e-mail that land on my desktop and clog my i-Phone daily. ... Read More »