Paul Apfel

Start new year by calculating your net worth

Personal financial planning is a dynamic process, one that never ends. But experience suggests that most U.S. taxpayers do not have a formal, written financial plan. Instead, the ...

This new year promises to be good for Lincoln businesses

Amid reports of increased consumer confidence and spending in the latter days of 2011, the Lincoln business community is sounding upbeat and optimistic about their prospects in 201 ...

Holiday traditions continue, new and old

Lincoln is neither Mayberry nor Bedford Falls. Nevertheless, they share a common and very desirable feature. It is a small town providing the essence of values and traditions t ...

Prevention steps should always be considered

Earlier this year, I wrote a couple of articles on replacing and repairing home appliances and systems. Earlier this month, I listened to a couple of conversations regarding home ...

What are the differences between banks and credit unions?

Lincoln residents looking for a financial institution - bank or credit union - have several choices within easy reach. But, which one do you choose? And why choose one while ignori ...

Art has many forms

Art is too often considered to include primarily the visual arts - paintings and sculpture - at the expense of the broader field that encompasses the literary arts and the perfo ...

Thanksgiving – a national time to put away our differences and recognize the commonality among us

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday throughout the country, drawing on the early colonial experiences of the Pilgrims who arrived in 1620 in what is now New England. Ro ...

Where’s the common sense financially-speaking?

There is no shortage of investment gurus, advisors and pundits. But there is a shortage of common sense. Over the past year, I have explained and promoted some common sense ...

Find out if you save on your PG&E home bill

Diagnosis is often the first step in solving a problem or curing an ailment. In the energy field, that diagnosis is frequently referred to an as energy audit. And Placer Count ...

October is art month

October is officially National Arts & Humanities Month, according to ArtInfo, an online destination for art news. And the president of the United States has confirmed it, issuing ...