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Everyone loves the story of the film, produced for $750,000 by a handful of private investors (entrepreneurs, doctors and small business owners) with most of them contributing $10,000 to $20,000, that grossed $5,000,000 at the box office. Anyone who has produced an independent film will tell you the most difficult task is raising money to...
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The markets begin 2019 with a “stealth recovery” as all of the major indicators recorded positive increases. What’s driving the advance over the past three to four weeks? It doesn’t seem to be corporate earnings, which have been mixed for the companies that have reported so far. Projected earnings gains for the coming year are...
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The headline on the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal said it all, “Stocks Cap Worst Week Since 2008.” All three of the major indicators tumbled badly for the week and are likely to remain in negative territory for the year. The S&P 500 finally broke the lows set in February and March. Now...
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Travel hacking is a virtually no-brainer for consumers with higher income and strong credit. Travel hacking has obvious benefits. What are the limited downside considerations? Time and learning. Credit score is only slightly impacted and can expect to maintain your score 800+ with proper credit oversight. In my opinion travel hacking includes the following buckets:...
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Many couples will end up paying for childcare in one form or another. This is especially true for households where both spouses are working and almost certainly true for dual attorney households. At attorney levels of income, especially for partners, most people avoid the second income trap (producing low net income after taxes, child care,...
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This is the first year-end season when employees with stock compensation must consider the tax changes introduced in 2018 by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA). Fortunately, the new tax law doesn’t make any huge changes in the usual year-end steps that you and your financial advisor should consider when you have stock options,...
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As I’ve mentioned before, the stock market was lifted to record highs by just a few stocks that have disproportionate weightings. We are talking about Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft, although there were others that helped along the way. Since those stocks are in nearly every technology index fund and major ETF, they...
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Another little-known fact to most is that an inherited IRA can be preyed upon by an inheriting child’s creditors, predators and divorcing spouse. There is a way however to prevent that from ever happening. The solution is to have a barrier between the retirement account and the beneficiary. This barrier is called a Standalone Retirement...
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Proposition 10 has failed at the ballot box, leaving the state’s limits on rent control intact. Proposition 10 would have repealed a California law that limits how cities enact rent control. Its defeat is a blow to tenant activists in Los Angeles, and a win for landlords. With the resurgence of cities as centers of...
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I often get this question when screening questions from prospects or during financial planning workshops. Like so many personal finance questions, these are unanswerable without more information provided by the questioner. Should I retire? Should I get married this year? Should I exercise my stock options? These contingent questions are useless when no additional information...
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