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Feb 09,2007
As of October 18, 2006 the popular capital gains tax deferral tool the Private Annuity Trust (PAT) has been deemed obsolete by changes in tax regulations. Businesses and sellers of appreciated assets such as real estate used the Private Annuity Trust to defer and reduce capital gains tax liability; however, with the recent tax changes sellers are forced to look to new alternatives. According to national structured sale annuity expert Jack Meligan of Settlement Professionals ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
Last week, I heard from a Navy retiree who wondered what he should do with the money he built up in his Thrift Savings Plan, the federal government retirement plan that looks a lot like a 401(k). My recent columns on finding a financial planner were fortuitous because he has been grappling with the daunting decisions that face most people when they retire. He and his wife are eager to find a trusted adviser who ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
Insurance.com, the largest online auto insurance agency in the United States, reports a decrease in auto insurance rates depending on geographical location. The company’s 2006 Auto Insurance Pricing Report shows a national decline in premiums of 5.7% or approximately $116 in 2006. Insurance.com, the largest online auto insurance agency in the United States, reports a decrease in auto insurance rates depending on geographical location. The company’s 2006 Auto Insurance Pricing Report shows a national ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
Several changes in tax legislation took place in 2006, and consumers may not be aware of what is new for this filing season. As taxpayers receive their tax information, they should familiarize themselves with a few important provisions to make the most of their 2006 tax refund opportunities. Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) outlines some of these changes below. Recent court decisions have permitted a one-time refund of previously collected federal telephone excise ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
The Tax Fairness Coalition said today that new legislation introduced to end the IRS Private Debt Collection (PDC) initiative would increase the tax gap and contribute to an additional crisis of confidence taxpayers are having in the basic fairness of America's tax system. "For several years, the IRS has not managed to collect back taxes from the 7.4 million Americans who acknowledge they owe money to the federal treasury. Private collection agencies have contacted taxpayers ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Four years ago, Mouses Keshishyan sent dozens of unsolicited e-mails to America Online members telling them to verify their credit-card information on fake AOL Web sites he set up. Then he had the information sent to his own e-mail box. COMPUTER THIEVERY - 'Phishing,' where identity thieves fish for personal information by sending e-mail and creating bogus Web sites, has progressed to a multibillion-dollar problem for banks, online retailers and other companies. CNS Photo Illustration.It ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
If you are bewildered by the number of mutual funds on the shelves, selecting a financial adviser has got to be an even more excruciating process. The nation's inventory of mutual funds exceeds 8,100, and if you multiply that number a few times, you'll get some idea of the staggering number of people trying to make a living in the advice business. Unfortunately, too many people who portray themselves as financial experts aren't. The threshold ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Stocks could have a wonderful 2007. If oil holds below $60 a barrel, I expect the Dow to jump 10-12% this year, better than most analysts' predictions of 8%. But don't ignore warning signs World War III is escalating, representing a major threat to Wall Street. President Bush's refusal to adopt the Baker-Hamilton commission recommendations to wind down the Iraq war/occupation is an important event in U.S. history. President Bush moved another aircraft carrier into ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
(Salem) — The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) today announced several measures it is taking to strengthen its regulation of the mortgage lending industry. The changes — which include adopting new rules and guidelines, and increasing education and enforcement efforts — are in response to consumer and industry concerns. “Mortgage lending is a key part of Oregon’s economy, and taking out a mortgage is often the single largest financial decision an Oregonian will ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
In conjunction with its fourth quarter earnings release, Monaco Coach Corp. invites you to listen to its conference call broadcast live over the Internet at11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2007. What: Monaco Coach 4th Qtr. Conference CallWhen: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.Where: http://www.monaco-online.com/How:      Live over the Internet Dedicated to quality and service, Monaco Coach Corporation is one of the nation's leading ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Veteran public radio reporter and host Tess Vigeland is the new host of Marketplace Money(R), the weekend personal finance program produced and distributed by American Public Media(TM). Vigeland's first broadcast as host is scheduled for Saturday, March 3. Kai Ryssdal, who previously held the role, will remain as weeknight host of Marketplace(R), public radio's award-winning daily magazine on business and economics news. Marketplace Money extends the sound of Marketplace to the weekends as the "money ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
About a year ago, Smith Barney, the brokerage giant, announced that it would start calling its stockbrokers "financial advisers." Most Smith Barney clients, if they heard this pronouncement, probably greeted it with some variation of "duh." These investors already assume that the brokers, who handle their accounts, are advisers. While the clients would have been puzzled by the need for a press release, many of the investment advisers who belong to the National Association of ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
No matter what the cause or how large or small they are, there's one thing most community nonprofits have in common: There's never enough money to do all the things that need to be done. But fundraising can be difficult and time-consuming, especially for very small organizations. So what's a community group to do? Here are some easy fundraising tips: * Apply for a grant from your community charitable foundation. The mission of community foundations ... [full story]
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