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Jerry Patterson

Don't Let Communicating with Millennials Feel Like Eating in the Dark

Jerry Patterson | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Jerry Patterson

If you want to grab the attention of the millennial generation, you need to personalize and tighten-up your communications approach -- which frankly, is how we should have been doing it all along.

Baby Boomers and Student Loans are Pouring into Retirement

Jerry Patterson | Posted 10.23.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

A recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office indicated that "some 155,000 older Americans are now seeing deductions from their Social Security checks to pay off their federal student loans - up from 31,000 a decade ago."

Is the Internet Costing Lumberjacks Their Jobs?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

If you are a financial advisor, embrace the web and leverage digital learning to enhance your value proposition. Dedicate time to identify good videos, websites, digital books, webcasts, online classes and search terms related to financial planning.

Would You Rather See a Dog Brush His Tongue or Learn How to Prepare for a Secure Retirement?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

While you may not have time to read a book on financial planning or have the expertise to use elaborate financial-planning software, I would encourage you to take advantage of the amazing amount of free educational content available online. There are plenty of quick, bite-sized moments of learning that can have a material impact on your financial future.

Trying to Encourage Millennials to Save for Retirement? Three Key Factors to Consider

Jerry Patterson | Posted 10.26.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Here are my top three things to consider if you're trying to encourage millennials to save for retirement.

Lump-Sum vs. Income Payments: Why Do So Many Retirees Take the Money and Run?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

The moment we're faced with deciding whether to take a lump sum often happens at the moment of retirement, which also means it's the moment our paycheck is turning off. Similar to a light switch turning off.

'Click': Are You Ready for the Big Switch?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

At the moment of retirement, our paycheck stops like a light switching off. (Click!) For many, Social Security checks are significantly lighter than a regular paycheck, and yet, most of us still do next to nothing to adjust to this new reality.

Texas Official: Perry Dresses Like A 'West Coast Metrosexual'

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Departing Texas Land Commissioner and former GOP candidate for lieutenant governor Jerry Patterson has some interesting thoughts on the way Gov. Rick ...

Spend It! You Earned It. 5 Great Ways to Begin Spending Your Kids' Inheritance Today

Jerry Patterson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Bucket lists do not just have to be the subject of movies. Write one. Make it ambitious. Start checking it off. Climb that mountain. Visit the seven wonders. Take those dance lessons. Buy that weekend car you always dreamed of driving

"You're Fired!" 4 Survival tips for a 30-year Termination, aka Retirement

Jerry Patterson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

What would happen to you right now if you were unemployable for the next 30 years? It would be a disaster for many, if not most people. Some would be forced to take dramatic measures to stay fed, clothed, warm and safe.

5 Important Money Habits You Can Start Before You're 25

Jerry Patterson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

The earlier you begin saving money and the earlier you begin managing debt, the more likely you will be able to react to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Will You Outlive Your Money? Simple Question, But Do You Have the Answer?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Don't be a deer in the headlights. Figure out the answer to the question.

Take the 10 Percent Challenge and Get on the Road to a Wealthier and Healthier You

Jerry Patterson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

We borrow. We spend. For many of us, we find very little room to save for the future. We stress over finances which can often lead to, or contribute t...

Is That the Smell of Success? Yes! It's Your Nest Egg Cooking

Jerry Patterson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

When it comes to retirement, we could be talking decades. That's a long time to keep your eye on the prize and stay actively committed.

The Walking Dead Meet the Retirement Drifters

Jerry Patterson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

What does life in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, battling zombie hordes, dealing with predatory human survivors, and trying to maintain one's humanity in a hostile world have in common with the struggle to prepare for and survive retirement? Actually, quite a bit.

A Race Among the Ruins

James Moore | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
James Moore

These pieces are not fun to put together. When finally assembled, the picture of Texas looks more than a little unsettling. In fact, it often looks pretty damned backwards. The reverse gear was spinning fast cogs in the lieutenant governor's debate in Dallas between four Republican candidates seeking to win the primary.

2 Suspects Arrested For Freeway Road Rage Incident

AP | Posted 06.21.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two men have been arrested on suspicion of beating up another man in a Los Angeles freeway road rage battle that was caught on vid...

Two Suspects Arrested For Brutal Road Rage Beating

AP | ROBERT JABLON | Posted 08.21.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Three Los Angeles men were arrested in relation to a videotaped freeway fistfight inspired by road rage – two are suspected ...

UPDATE: I-5 Beating Victim Comes Forward With Advice For Others

AP | Posted 08.20.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The California Highway Patrol sought help from the public Wednesday as it investigated an online video that appears to show a man ...