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If the stock market makes you nervous with its volatile ups and downs, you may want to take a good look at a more conservative alternative to stocks—municipal bonds. Mention tax-free municipals to some investors and you will be greeted with a big yawn. Munis, as they are called, are widely regarded as too conservative for aggressive investors looking for big capital gains. READ MORE
And how you can avoid them
Life as a small electrical contractor means dealing with a full measure of challenging decisions, any one of which can have a negative impact on your operation. Even if you have a trusted and experienced support person or group, the weight of the final decision rests squarely on your shoulders. READ MORE