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2017 Tax Rates Announced

Wow, it's that time again. The 2017 tax rates have just been announced by the IRS. The tables aren't the actual tax you pay on gross income, but on taxable income which is gross less a number of items, including the personal exemption which remains at $4,050 in '17 and the standard deduction which rises to single $6,350 or [...]

A Failure to Communicate

A brief anecdote that I've been meaning to share. I was at the airport getting my ticket at the counter, and I heard the agent at the next line asking a traveler when his passport expires. He had no idea what she was asking, and said so. "No understand." The agent repeated the question, once, [...]

Splitting the Restaurant Bill

Years ago, I was on a business trip. The people I was meeting with were coming to town well after dinner, so I was on my own. The hotel had a nice little happy hour, and I was making small talk with a number of people that I learned were there for the same reason, [...]

Swim With the Sharks: Never Miss A Great New Investment Opportunity !

A Guest Post today - The financial business today offers numerous opportunities to people who are willing to work with devotion. If dealing with financial affairs fascinates you and managing other people’s money is a matter of your interest, then stock broking is a flourishing career for you. The business of buying and selling shares, [...]

Thoughts on 2015

2015 is now in the history books. As I was prepping for our annual New Year's eve party, I heard CNBC in the background, "The S&P 500 was down 3/4 of a percent for the year, the worst year since 2008." True, I suppose, but the tone is the opposite of how I discussed the [...]

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