With tax deadlines fast approaching, here's an important look forward at the tax implications of Obamacare on your business. More »Tax Dilemmas Add to Burden of Healthcare Reform for Entrepreneurs
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Have you ever watched the popular show, Shark Tank where budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas, products/services to “shark” investors? It’s entertaining to watch how passionate the owners are, and to see the variety of business ideas blooming. That’s the entrepreneurial spirit that burns in many of us, and got us where we are today. But... More »Looking for Investors? Lessons from the Shark Tank
The Single Euro Payments Area – you’re steadily seeing talk of it everywhere. The new financial structure for banking in the Eurozone will mean changes for every business based there. Here we present the practical information you need to get a grip on things, and take the right steps to make sure European businesses are... More »SEPA – What Should You Be Thinking About? (3/5)
As the old adage goes all good things must come to an end. This is hard to visualize when it comes to anything that has to do with taxes, but this happens to be the case with itemized deductions. As part of the bipartisan agreements of the 2012 American Tax Relief Act the Pease Rule... More »“Itemized Deductions” … All Good Things Must Come to an End
Introduction For a lot of reasons, dividend growth investing is becoming more and more popular every day. The historically low interest rate on fixed income is perhaps one important reason for this trend. However, an equally important, and perhaps even the most important reason, might just be that investors are better informed on the dividend... More »Why Accomplished Dividend Growth Investors Can Ignore Price Volatility
The Consumer Confidence Index tracked by the Conference Board plummeted 14% in March 2013 from the previous month. Of the respondents, 36.2% believed jobs are hard to get and only 9.4% thought there were enough jobs out there in the U.S. economy. As consumer confidence goes the wrong way, I am seeing consumer spending edge... More »Flat Sales for Wal-Mart Warning Sign of Even Weaker Consumer Spending Ahead
The current market action continues to be headline-driven, according to my stock analysis. Stocks moved lower on the initial banking concerns in Cyprus, but rallied after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its program of low interest rates and monthly bond buying. Stocks then bounced on the Cyprus resolution. This headline-driven market makes it difficult, based on... More »Market Action Driven by Headlines; Investors Should Be Nervous
Introduction A significant portion of all the great advantages that the world has received through the promise of technology can be credited to the Big 3: Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), Intel Corp. (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT). Great gratitude should be attributed to these technology titans, because, thanks to them, the world enjoys a functioning Internet and... More »Looking For Value, Growth And Income After The Recent Market Run Up, Check Out These Tech Titans
The so-called “recovery” in the jobs market isn’t sustainable. I don’t disagree that there has been job creation in the past few months, but when I look at the spectrum of the jobs created in the U.S. economy, I become skeptical. Jobs growth in the U.S. economy has been in the low-paying retail sector. Consider... More »Jobs Market Growth? 1,422 Mass Layoffs Took Place In February 2013
Entrepreneurs have different risk profiles than everyone else -- and that's especially true when it comes to investing. More »Why You Shouldn't Invest Like Your Brother-In-Law
Some prefer to call him the Oracle of Omaha while others prefer to call him simply Buffet. But among all these, one thing is for sure. Everybody in the world who knows him appreciates the fact that Warren Buffet is the best money-maker in the world. He is simply amazing when it comes to investing.... More »10 Crucial Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffet
It has been a few months since the launch of the highly anticipated “BlackBerry 10” (BB10) operating system and products by Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/BBRY). I have tried the new “BlackBerry Z10” smartphone, and my early thoughts are that it looks good and is faster than the company’s previous phones. But based on the... More »RIM Replacing Apple as the Stock Market’s Tech Darling?
So many blue chips are pushing their all-time record highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been leading the stock market breakout, along with the Dow Jones Transportation Average. The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE/HD) continues to be a powerhouse stock, more than doubling since October 2011. This position is in its own mini bull market,... More »Breakouts All Around; Final Countdown or the Beginning of a New Cycle?
There is a potential financial crisis brewing in Cyprus, and no one in the U.S. really seems to be that concerned. Just like our out-of-control national debt, sequestration, and growing number of unemployed and poor. Stocks continue to move higher, and it appears as though nothing can stop them. There is clearly a financial crisis... More »If Cyprus Fails, So Will Your Investments
TrustEgg provides a way for anyone to instantly set up a fund for their child without a large investment, as well as source help from the people around them. More »Online child trust funds can be opened with USD 1
The current crisis in Cyprus is a sad example of the mistakes that many professional and retail investors make when creating an investment strategy. This bailout plan is painful, but it is only a symptom of the problem, not the cause. While much blame will be placed on finance ministers and international organizations, such as... More »Investment Strategy Lessons Courtesy of Cyprus
Insurance claims are made every day. Looking at the most common claims made just goes to show exactly how much of what’s important to us in our everyday lives can be protected by purchasing insurance. Wedding Insurance A majority of wedding insurance claims are made for lost deposits. This can be a hotel closing down,... More »5 Most Common Insurance Claims
One of the stock market’s strongest sectors over the last few years has been biotechnology stocks. It’s a very tough group in which to be a speculator, because you cannot predict discoveries or approvals. What you can do, though, is play the news flow while gauging sentiment in the stock market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index... More »Is the Run in Biotechnology Stocks Over?