Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as saying, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” A lot has changed in the hundreds of years since that quip was first spoken, but Ben’s sentiment continues to be relentlessly American. Nearly all of the world’s nations tax their citizens in some way, but the U.S. system is unusual.… [Read more]
Here we present discussions of private or public funds, their management, and the financial system that serves them. And, as with mostother topics, we want to know the impact of politics across state and global markets.
New York City in 2020 looks much different than its past iterations. A strong contender for the world’s most dynamic city, NYC has lost much of its voice in months since COVID-19 began its reign of terror. Our streets are quieter, and we face an uncertain future.
But as every New Yorker knows, there’s nothing quite like living in NYC.… [Read more]
By the end of 2020, the fate of progressive politics in the USA, and potentially the UK, will have been settled. There are several scenarios that could unfold come November and events will be watched closely on this side of the Atlantic.
If progressive politics is ever to break the UK and take root in the same way that Thatcher’s conservatism did, small businesses will be a vital component of any battle plan.… [Read more]
Not everyone has heard of an ITIN or knows what it is.
ITIN stands for Individual Tax Identification Number. The tax processing number, issued by the IRS, is available to nonresident immigrants and others who aren’t eligible to receive a social security number. By having an ITIN, individuals can become contributing members of the US and build a new life in a different country.… [Read more]
Having no or bad credit can be crippling. Not only could it block you from getting financing, but your credit score can be used to find out if you’re trustworthy enough to get an apartment, get a lease on a vehicle, or even get a job. Thankfully, there are some concrete steps anyone can take to either start building or repair their credit.… [Read more]
Health insurance is a hot button topic lately. Even with the introduction of the healthcare mandate and the Affordable Care Act in place, there are still some surprising things that aren’t covered by health insurance, but really should be.
Many believe that participants get paid to participate in clinical trials every time. However, many new therapies that are still in the trial phase require that you pay for your treatment during the trial.… [Read more]
President Trump finalized the GOP tax bill by signing it into law before the Christmas holiday. Some Americans were in strong support of the bill while others felt somewhat differently about it, and by “others,” I mean people who don’t reside in the upper 4 percent of wealth in the country.
The new tax bill, which Trump claims is terrific for the middle class, is actually quite the opposite — especially for upper-middle-class families.… [Read more]
The housing market has always been a large indicator of economic standing. When the economy is doing well, real estate value goes up, rent increases and residents are expected to keep up. However, when the economy is doing poorly, rent prices do not follow the decreasing trend, and for those with stagnant wages, finding affordable housing in big cities is not made any easier.… [Read more]
The economy is holding up but that doesn’t mean you are. Are you financially protected? Did you sign up for all benefits to which you are entitled? Have you been involved in an accident at your workplace? An on the job injury can leave you feeling uncertain about the future, especially if you’re facing a long recovery.… [Read more]
Even a minor mistake can drive your assets into the ground, and that is why it is always a good idea to err on the side of caution. Aggressively protecting your financial future could help you avoid common roadblocks and pitfalls that have destroyed countless lives over the years. Here is a look at five financial moves that you might want to consider making sooner rather than later.… [Read more]