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African-American luxury spending power; Is Barneys jeopardizing it?

African-American luxury spending power; Is Barneys jeopardizing it?

Luxury spending power by African Americans is estimated to be nearly $90 billion, according to Diversity Affluence, a consultancy for upscale brands.

This includes affluent African-American households with an individual salary of $75,000 and households with income of at least $150,000.

Trying to protect its brand and sales, Barneys New York executives met with the Rev. Al Sharpton and other leaders from the National Action Network on Tuesday to address the allegations of racial profiling.

As Barneys and Macy's investigate these allegations their brands may be tarnished, especially with African-American luxury shoppers.

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What is an IRA rollover?

What is an IRA rollover?

If you leave a job or retire, you might want to transfer the money you've invested in one or more employer-sponsored retirement plans to an individual retirement account (IRA). An IRA rollover is an effective way to keep your money accumulating tax deferred.

Using an IRA rollover, you transfer your retirement savings to an account at a private institution of your choice, and you choose how you will invest the funds. To preserve the tax-deferred status of retirement savings, the funds must be deposited in the IRA within 60 days of withdrawal from an employer's plan. To avoid potential penalties and a 20 percent federal income tax withholding from your former employer, you should arrange for a direct, institution-to-institution transfer.

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Small businesses must plan for the unexpected

Small businesses must plan for the unexpected

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: Even with the full understanding that some accidents and illnesses cannot be avoided, few small business owners plan for the unexpected. One step in the planning process is to make sure proper insurance coverage is in place.

For the most part, we are all accustomed to purchasing the basic insurance policies that cover our home, car and life. But there are different types of disability income insurance plans that will protect income and even pay bills when necessary.

Disability income insurance is designed to maintain financial stability when you are sick, hurt or unable to work by providing a monthly income directly to the business owner. It is typically used as the primary income replacement that helps prevent the depletion of savings and retirement income.

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TSD taps Hargrove to help grow businesses

TSD taps Hargrove to help grow businesses

The New Tri-State Defender is excited to announce the strategic hiring of Yolanda Hargrove as its new Sales Consultant and Account Executive.

Hargrove is charged with growing print and digital advertising, as well as event sponsorship and the development of strategic networking events and building relationships for the publication.

"Yolanda brings creativity and experience in the business arena and has been successful in a number of corporate accounts throughout her career. She brings an innovative and aggressive approach to strategically building new business and new relationships throughout the community and across the country," said TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

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Beautician’s Association ready for 2013 Trade Show and Convention

Beautician’s Association ready for 2013 Trade Show and Convention

The Tennessee Beautician's Association 2013 Annual Trade Show and Convention will be held Oct. 26-29 at the Memphis Airport Hotel and Conference Center at 2240 Democrat Rd.

According to Janice Scott, the financial secretary for the association, the event's purpose has many layers.

"To educate, to encourage people in the business, as well as others, help others find employment in the industry, and help people keep up with the laws and changes in the industry so that they will be aware of everything going on," said Scott.

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Want to be your own boss?

Want to be your own boss?

MONEY MATTERS: A 2013 study of entrepreneurship found that more than a quarter of workers aged 65 and older plan to start their own businesses in the next three years.

Developing a business after you retire from your regular job could be rewarding personally and financially, but like most potential rewards it comes with risks and challenges. If you have an entrepreneurial vision, here are some tips that may help you maintain a realistic perspective.

Don't invest more than you can afford to lose. Current failure rates suggest that 50

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Senior housing may be the business for you

Senior housing may be the business for you

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: Whether you reference aging as growing older, more mature, wiser or seasoned, the common denominator is that we must all age. It is a fact of life.

Today, there are approximately 40 million people age 65 or older in America, which represents about 13 percent of the population. However, by 2030 there will be over 72 million or almost 19 percent of the population in this bracket.

A staple of our basic needs in life is housing and as we grow older our housing needs will change. While we hope to maintain our lifestyle, health, mobility and financial strength along the way, things may not always develop as desired.

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