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Beware the Bears If you’ve been paying attention to the financial news lately, you’re probably seeing a lot of ominous predictions—and they’re usually backed up by some ominous headline.  The most simplistic are saying that the bull market has now lasted ten years, so therefore it’s about to come to an end—as if bull markets […]

Sep 19, 2018

Bob Veres

Tax, Taxation

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Withholding Tempest in a Teapot Chances are, you’ve read an article recently telling you to be careful about the withholding in your paycheck, to make sure your employer (assuming you have one) is taking out enough money so that you won’t have a big tax obligation come April.  This is the result of a big […]

Aug 27, 2018

Bob Veres

Tax, Taxation

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No End Run By now, you probably know all about the so-called SALT (state and local tax) deduction limitations imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  If your property, local and state taxes exceed $10,000 (couples) or $5,000 (singles), well, too bad.  That’s all you can deduct on your federal tax returns. Some of […]

Savings Bonds Redux Remember savings bonds?  Ask anybody who was around during or in the years right after World War II, and they’ll have fond memories of buying a savings bond for $25 for a child or grandchild, and five years later the bond would be worth $50.  For people of a certain age, it […]

Charitable Contribution Rules: 10 Years in the Making Ten years ago, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations that would define how to value (and prove the actual value) of non-cash donations to charity.  The regs involved things like artwork, jewelry and other possessions whose value is often in the eye of the beholder. Now, a […]

The Secret Recipe for Laziness For many people, laziness is not a virtue; it is something that has to be overcome with daily habits and willpower.  But what about the driven Type A personality who has been told by his/her doctor that the current lifestyle will almost certainly lead to a premature death?  How can […]

Crypto-Crash Chances are, if you remember the dot-com crash, it is not fondly.  The Nasdaq Composite Index fell a total of 78% peak-to-trough, as companies like Pets.com cratered into oblivion. Today’s cryptocurrency investors are experiencing similar pain, and there’s no clear end in sight.  Bitcoin is down 55% this year, and the decline is now […]

Last Call for HARP One of the most beneficial consumer rescue programs from the Great Recession era is about to expire.  The Home Affordability Refinance Program—known as HARP—was passed by a bipartisan Congress in 2009, to enable borrowers who were under water on their homes, or close to under water, to refinance into more affordable […]

DB Plan for All Few people have a defined benefit pension plan any more, thanks to the popularity of the 401(k).  But the DB concept is simpler: a corporate annuity that pays out retirement income every year based on the amount contributed to the plan over the years.  Yes, you can buy annuities on the […]

Jun 18, 2018

Bob Veres

Tax, Taxation

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States vs. SALT Each year, thousands of professionals use their creativity and ingenuity to try to figure out the best ways to lower your federal taxes.  You know you’re living in interesting times when state lawmakers join that crowd. The reason they’re working so hard is something popularly known as the SALT provisions of the […]

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