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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Review Debts, Investments in New Year

Marc-Ruiz

As most readers know, in my “day job” at Oak Partners I serve individuals and families by helping them with their financial planning and decision making and by building and managing their investment portfolios taking into account their needs and experience and coupling this knowledge with my own worldview and experience with financial markets and investments.

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#1StudentNWI: PCCTC's Career Cafe and Building Trades Bring Experience to Students

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What’s Happening

With the opening of the Porter County Career Center’s new store, run by the Entrepreneurship Sports and Entertainment Marketing class, the class and teacher responsible for the store have found themselves with additional obligations. A certain level of innovation is required to maintain the variety of goods they sell as well as to keep students and staff content with the consumables they provide.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Time To Review Fallout From GOP Tax Plan

Marc-Ruiz

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Republican tax plan was approved by Congress and the Senate this week. It always shocking to me just how much political hysteria surrounds any discussion on federal income taxes. Unfortunately, the federal income tax has long ago morphed from a method to simply fund the government’s operations into a mechanism of social engineering.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Ryan Kominakis

Ryan-Kominakis

Our country’s veterans do so much for their community and country already, but many veterans, after they leave the service, are still driven to improve the lives of their neighbors and fellow Americans. Ryan Kominakis of Valpo is one such veteran. As a member of the VFW, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a Union Representative at US Steel’s Gary Works, Kominakis is a pillar of his community and a paragon when it comes to giving back to his fellow man.

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#1StudentNWI: Valpo Prepares to Unwind Over Winter Break

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What’s Happened?

December comes with a whole heap of challenges and changes for students. Classes are winding down, finals are an ever impending monolith of anxiety, and the switch over to the brutality of a Northwest Indiana winter are just a few of the stresses you find weighing down on high schoolers this month. However, there are a whole heap of attempts to make this tumultuous time a little less overbearing. The always entertaining and stunning showcase of Valparaiso student talent," This Is Our Story," takes place this month. Highlighting the incredible abilities and dedication of students from every grade level, TIOS is a Valpo schools winter time staple. Artists, singers, dancers, and musicians grace the stage for two nights every December, showing what their...

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Vic Mercaldo

Vic-Mercaldo

For emergency responders around the country, the memory of 9-11 in 2001 is still fresh in their minds years after. For Vic Mercaldo of Valparaiso, he remembers the moment he decided to travel to New York City and the sleepless days at Ground Zero that followed.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Crystal Cartwright

Crystal-Cartwright

Born in Houston, Texas and now a Valparaiso resident, Crystal Cartwright has become a familiar face to the Northwest Indiana community. She moved here when she was young for her father’s work. Fast forward to today, Cartwright is an active member in the community, and has been the Banking Center Manager at First Source Bank in Hebron for the past eight years.

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#1StudentNWI: Wheeler Focuses on Giving Back

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Student Highlight

Senior Hayley Johnson has dedicated much of her time toward the school. When she is not doing school work, Johnson can be found in the east wing of the school. She is a member of concert choir, show choir, theatre, and a student director for the middle school production of Lion King Jr.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Markets Looking for Next Momentum Setter

Marc-Ruiz

Iconic investor John Templeton once famously said, “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria." Last week, we talked about pessimism, skepticism and optimism; this week, let’s talk about euphoria.

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#1StudentNWI: It's a Wonderful Life in Kouts

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Get’cha Head in the Game

The Mustangs kicked off their season with a home game on November 21 against West Central. The team played well together and was thrilled to win with 107 to 47 points in the varsity game. The student pep block was also in full swing to support the basketball players and create an exciting environment for them to play in. Many students came out for the Homecoming game on December 1 against Covenant Christian where the Mustangs fought in a close match but lost 55 to 56.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Amesha McDonald

Amesha-McDonald

Life does not always turn out the way we expect it to. Sometimes, that turns out to be a good thing. PACT employee, Amesha McDonald, planted roots in a town she never meant to stay in and now has a beautiful home and family here. The job she never thought she would have allows her to give second chances to people whose lives have taken the wrong route.

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