Health Care Reform Scams

Watch out for scammers trying to take advantage of the current confusion on the new health care law.  They are banking on folks not knowing enough of the details in order to con them into buying bogus policies.  If you…

A Gold Standard?

The gold standard discussion in the mainstream media over the last year or so has been driven by the extreme measures taken by the Federal Reserve to shore up our banking system during the credit crisis.  Brad Delong, an economics…

Weak Dollar: Good or Bad?

Weak Dollar: Good or bad?

Given current economic conditions, is a weak dollar a good or a bad thing? There are strong opinions on this matter from both sides of the issue.  Paul Krugman, an economics professor at Princeton and a columnist for The NY…

Men or Women More Risky

Risky Business

New research has found that men are more likely to take larger risks in their financial decision making than women.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tax Credits

For me, one of the neatest things about living in the Avent West community has been observing the transformation of homes through remodel, refurbishment and even reconstruction.  In fact, the same could be said about the entire city of Raleigh…

RMDs Can Lead to Tax Planning Opportunites

Distributions from your retirement accounts are not required by the IRS for 2009 but does that mean that they aren’t necessary? For those who have other sources of cash flow, this waiver does present opportunities for tax planning purposes.

The Tax-Man can Wait!

Tax day will soon be upon us. But don’t stress out if you haven’t yet figured out how you’re going to get your return filed by April 15th. You have an option that millions of taxpayers use every year: the Extension.

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