Archive | December, 2014

A Fond Farewell to 2014

29 Dec

The tail end of 2014 has been good from an economic perspective, and hopefully it keeps improving. Two things stand out to me – more people working and lower gas prices. When Americans work, our country thrives. The latest unemployment report indicates hiring is up, with 2014 on pace to be largest year for job growth since [...]

Year-End Tax Preparation (Part 2)

22 Dec

As another year winds down, I always like to advise clients on the value of lowering their tax liabilities for the year that just passed. In Part 1 of this series, we talked about deferring income, along with health care and home-related strategies.  But there are more ways to keep your money in your pocket, [...]

Year-End Tax Preparation (Part 1)

15 Dec

As another year winds down, I always like to advise clients on the value of lowering their tax liabilities for the year that just passed. There are a number of tactics you can employ to keep your money out of the IRS’ hands.   The best reasons for taxpayers to minimize their tax burdens are [...]

Inflation is Here, If You Know Where to Look

8 Dec

Last month the Federal Reserve ended its Quantitative Easing program, which was an effort to buy bonds and reinvigorate the economy. QE began in late 2008 and lasted longer than nearly everyone (except the Fed) expected. Did it work?  Some are pointing to improved economic metrics, while others say it had little effect on 99.5% of Americans. I think [...]

Out-of-Control Regulations Hurt Us All

1 Dec

Recent studies have revealed some disturbing findings – and frankly, led me to wonder what could’ve been.                                                                                                                                                          The first one is from the Journal of Economic Growth, which says government over-regulation has shaved 2% off growth every year since 1949. Think about that – 2% every year for 65 years – that is a monumental impact! [...]