Articles for February 2019
Tax and Financial News
When Is A Loan Not A Loan?
February 2019
With the sweeping new tax legislation in 2018 capturing everyone’s attention, other changes have taken a back seat. There were several Tax Court cases in 2018 that rendered important decisions...
Divorce Can Be Taxing
January 2019
Divorce is expensive. Aside from the emotional toll divorce takes on a family, both the process and aftermath of a divorce can be costly. Below we look at some of the steps people can take to help remove the tax sting out of an already...
General Business News
How Businesses Can Effectively Manage Seasonal Sales
February 2019
When it comes to businesses dealing with seasonal sales, making payroll and other financial obligations can be stressful on budgets. However, one way to deal with fluctuating sales...
Tips for Choosing the Appropriate Liability Insurance for Your Business
January 2019
When it comes to liability insurance, the saying "you can never be too prepared" is quite meaningful. While business owners cannot predict what happens day to day or year to year, they...
Stock Market News
How Will Domestic and Global Policy Impact Oil Prices in 2019?
February 2019
With the Federal Reserve raising rates in 2018 and speculation of doing so again in 2019, combined with projected oil production cuts by Russia and Saudi Arabia, it is likely that these and other...
How Will the 90-Day Freeze on Tariff Increases Impact the Markets?
January 2019
According to a press release issued by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the middle of September, tariffs of 10 percent on $200 billion of imported Chinese goods went into...
Financial Planning
New Proposals for Government Programs
February 2019
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act delivered a wealth of benefits for taxpayers at every income level, but none more so than for the very rich. The net result of huge tax breaks for both high-income and corporate taxpayers...
What Leading Economic Indicators Tell Us
January 2019
One of the reasons investing is tricky is because it involves so many factors that we cannot control. One factor is the specific investment itself. In the case of a stock, the share price relies on company management...
What's New in Technology
Automated Workflow Tools
February 2019
We often read about how technological advances such as artificial intelligence will someday be used for customer-facing jobs – even eliminating the human touch. However, small...
How to Build Your Savings Using Technology
January 2019
According to a study by Cornell University, the human brain is wired to earn money more so than save it. As such, when we find we need more money in our lives, our instinct is to earn more...
Tip of the Month
5 Tips for First-Time Tax Filers
February 2019
Filing taxes for the first time can be overwhelming. But if you have the right tools and advice before you start, it won’t be. Here are a few critical things to know before you begin, which will make the seemingly...
5 Things to Start Doing in the New Year
January 2019
New Year’s resolutions usually involve stopping things like eating, drinking and spending too much – and so on. You know the drill. However, according to U.S. News & World Report...
Congress at Work
Reimbursing Unpaid Federal Workers, Fact-Based Policy Making and Fighting Human Trafficking
February 2019
Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 (S. 24) – This bill was introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on Jan. 3 and signed into law on Jan. 19. It requires federal employees who are furloughed or...
Prisoner Reform, the Farm Bill, and Taking Aim at Weapons of Mass Destruction
January 2019
Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018 H.R. 7213 – Sponsored by Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-NY), this bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a Countering Weapons of Mass...