10 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Welcome to the holiday season—a whirlwind of gift-giving, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, family, parking lots and many activities that begin right after Halloween, build to Thanksgiving and continue gaining momentum through the end of the year. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it also brings holiday stress for many. In fact, more than 80%…

Financial Fitness: A Guide to Retirement Readiness

The common thread among the quotes from 6th century BC philosopher Lao-Tzu and modern-day Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s reminds us that achieving what we set out to becomes possible when we first imagine and then approach it with small, manageable and attainable accomplishments. Loosely translated, the goals you have in mind are indeed quite possible.

History Repeats Itself: What Will You Do?

Sir John Templeton, one of the world’s greatest investors, was known to have said: “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria.” The quote is dramatic, but helpful in illustrating market cycles. A heightened awareness of market cycles raises questions like: “Where are we in this cycle?” and “What am I doing…

LeadYoung Institute Launches Future CEO Academy

With the goal of transforming the Conejo Valley into the “most young leader-friendly community on the planet,” LeadYoung Institute is poised to launch a unique, community-based youth leadership program aimed to identify and develop 10- to 18-year-olds gifted in organizational leading.

Duration: How Do Interest Rates Affect Your Bonds’ Value?

What happens to your bonds when interest rates rise? Generally, they go down in value. That’s a good list to know, but not too helpful in figuring out how much exposure you have to rising rates. Fortunately, there’s a statistic calculated for each bond that gives you a pretty good sense of your interest rate risk. It’s called “Duration.”

North Ranch Country Club Members Tee Up with Junior Golfers

This August, North Ranch Country Club members will share their love of the game—and so much more—with a handful of junior golfers at the SCGA Junior Play Day. An afternoon of golf and fun at North Ranch Country Club on Tuesday, August 8 provides the opportunity for youth involved in the SCGA Junior program and NRCC members to share a…

Heir Conditioning

If you were to pass away today, would your heirs have easy access to all your financial, legal and practical information? For most of you, the answer is “No.” And for some of you, it’s even “Heck No!” NO Gathering all this information can be quite a daunting task. Where do you start?

Leading the Way

When picturing a conductor, most people conjure up the image of someone standing on a podium dressed in a tuxedo, baton in hand, and decidedly male. Like many professions, the world of music has a glass ceiling few can crack. Oak Park resident JoAnne Wasserman faced discrimination on her path to becoming a conductor of note. She made history when…

Snow Orthodontics’ Dr. Sharon Crowder: Spreading Smiles

Walking into Snow Orthodontics’ Agoura Hills office reveals a smiling, friendly staff in a warm and inviting environment. The relaxing tone of Snow Orthodontics mirrors lead orthodontist Dr. Sharon Crowder herself, whose caring and confident demeanor puts patients instantly at ease. And it doesn’t take long to note that Dr. Crowder’s genuine kindness extends beyond the office to the community…

Montecito Bank & Trust: Dedicated to the Community

Montecito Bank & Trust’s Abuse and Financial Exploitation (SAFE) program earned it national recognition from the American Bankers Association Foundation, which presented it with a 2016 Community Commitment Award. The award was given to the bank for its efforts in the Protecting Older Americans category and was presented during the ABA’s annual fall convention in Nashville.

North Ranch Chef’s Love of Food Rooted in Childhood

Food has always been a big part of Karl Holst’s life as a fifth-generation Ventura County resident whose family first moved to the area to farm in the 1800s. Karl fondly recalls family cooking nights during his childhood, when his mother assigned cooking duties to each member of the family.

Advantage Plus Caregivers: Quality In-Home Care for All Ages

When it comes to aging, most people agree that they prefer to “age in place” and stay in their own homes as long as possible.

Dr. John A. Horton: Westlake’s Physician for the Stressed

Dr. John A. Horton is a general practice physician in Westlake Village committed to preventive medicine and developing an integrated, holistic approach to treating patients. He focuses much of his attention on helping to eliminate and manage people's stress levels, because he believes stress opens the door to illness and disease.

What Dads Need to Know about Testosterone

A good father makes all the difference in a child's life. He's a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless. But in the end, the efforts pay off in the sound, well-adjusted children he raises.

The Morton Team: Caring for Community

At Keller Williams Westlake Village, a team of women stands out from the crowd for many reasons. The Morton Team International has linked talented individuals who cooperatively work as a team in their business model. Teamwork is defined as the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. If a problem arises, “two heads are better…

Beauty from Within: Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

We have all heard, “Beauty is just skin deep.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Our skin is a reflection of our health. You have seen the radiant beautiful skin of a healthy infant or a child. The eyes sparkle and the skin glows. You know the pale face of someone ill, the wrinkles, and the dry skin…