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Early retirement?

Hanging it up at age 60 or 62 sounds like a lot of fun! Wake up when you want to, tee it up once or ...

October 13, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Life Insurance for Mortgage Protection

It seems like the majority of topics for my articles brings back memories, some good and some less than memorable. This is one of the ...

September 25, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Annuity income riders: your personal pension

Most of our parents could expect a pension plan from one or more employers when they reached retirement.

September 04, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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The Greek crisis and your planning

Today, let's take a break from Bruce Jenner, the Confederate flag, Kim Kardashian's swim suit pictures and other related matters vital to our national security. Instead, let me address something that could be of great relevance to you in your retirement planning, which is the Greek financial crisis and could it work its way across the Atlantic to us.

July 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Jersey Mike’s, Edible Arrangements coming

Two new businesses are coming to Covington, expanding local options for food and edible gifts.

July 11, 2015 | Meris Lutz | Business

Do you have a guaranteed pension?

GUARANTEED – That's a key word in qualified retirement plans and there are many flavors that an employer can choose from.

May 31, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

"Laddering" your retirement income

Throughout my career I have seen ongoing recommendations to ladder your investments and savings to generate consistent, long term income. Just envision each step on the ladder being an asset and you've got the laddering idea.

May 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

'Sleepy Hollow' TV show moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 10, 2015 | John Ruch | Business

The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Using annuities in your retirement planning

As we move into April, I had planned to start a series of articles on Investing in Equities. Instead, I want to provide information on using annuities in your retirement planning, including benefits and risks. My motivation was learning that a long time insured who has moved out of state has run out of money and is being supported by her children. Studies show that the consistent #1 concern of the baby boomers is running out of money.

April 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at

April 09, 2015 | | Business

Five Ga. film studios band together to form advocacy group

Five film and television studios around Atlanta, including Covington-based Triple Horse Studios, have come together to form an advocacy group for Georgia's studios and businesses that support film and television industries. The five studios forming the new Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance (GSIA) are: Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta, Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Tyler Perry Studios and Triple Horse Studios.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Business

Should hard assets be a part of your financial plan?

Mike Lassiter is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is a Licensed Insurance Counselor and a Registered Investment Advisor. He can be reached locally at 770-786-2781.

March 15, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Life insurance as an investment?

In previous articles, I reviewed both the positives and negatives of using life insurance as an investment vehicle. This time, I would like to discuss what life insurance does best as an investment, and that is, self-completion at any time while the contract is inforce.

March 08, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

New State Farm business opens in Social Circle

It was a grand day for Tim and Jessica Hutchinson Saturday, as they celebrated the opening of their new State Farm office located at 306 Village Circle in Social Circle.

March 01, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Business

Mason staying in Covington

Mason's Business Services needed more room.

February 15, 2015 | | Business

Church St. Antiques closing, restaurant coming

Church Street Antiques will be closing its doors on March 7.

February 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business

Porterdale seeing business growth

When the Social House, a full menu sports bar, opened its doors last month, owner Todd Scott selected its location in downtown Porterdale because he had fallen in love with the Newton County city.

February 07, 2015 | | Business

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