Should I Have A Prenuptial Agreement Before We Get Married

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Well, that’s a good question! Only you can decide whether or not this will work for your particular circumstances. Robert is engaged to Janet. They’re planning on getting married in a few months. Janet has several pieces of property, numerous investment accounts and is worth millions of dollars. She’s been dating Robert for almost five […]


Will The Estate Tax Ever Go Away

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The “Estate Tax” is the tax that the government puts on the assets that are transferred to your beneficiaries when you die. Taxable assets can include real estate, stocks, money in a bank account, and other valuable belongings. It does not look like the estate tax will permanently go away. However, with careful planning, you […]


Capital Assets Gains And Losses For Taxes

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Capital is a unique term when it comes to taxes. If it gains value, you pay a tax. If it loses it, you can write at least some of the loss off. Capital Assets – Gains and Losses for Taxes Practically everything you own is a capital asset. This is true whether you use it […]


Balancing A Budget And Saving Money

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Your finances are your business. But unfortunately it seems like you need an accountant to help you understand and decode the mysteries of balancing a budget or saving money. At some point you might need to get a loan. When that day comes, this article can help you understand which is the right one to […]


Building Confidence In Your Retirement Future

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In the next 10 years, the first wave of America’s 76 million baby boomers will be retiring. Since today’s retirees are generally healthier and more active than their parents, they are looking forward to living longer and spending more time playing with grandchildren, pursuing hobbies or even trying new careers. Investors enter retirement with more […]


Is My Money Safe

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Banks are institutions where miracles happen regularly. We rarely entrust our money to anyone but ourselves – and our banks. Despite a very chequered history of mismanagement, corruption, false promises and representations, delusions and behavioural inconsistency – banks still succeed to motivate us to give them our money. Partly it is the feeling that there […]


The Bursting Asset Bubbles

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The recent implosion of the global equity markets – from Hong Kong to New York – engendered yet another round of the semipternal debate: should central banks contemplate abrupt adjustments in the prices of assets – such as stocks or real estate – as they do changes in the consumer price indices? Are asset bubbles […]


Return On Assets Is The Hit By Pitch Of Investing

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Despite all appearances to the contrary, this is a post about investing – not baseball. So, to those of you who love reading about investing but hate reading about baseball: don’t be deterred. It’s worth reading all the way through. Return on assets is the hit by pitch of investing. Common sense suggests it isn’t […]


7 Common Mistakes Of Estate Planning

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Even though planning your estate isn’t an enjoyable job it’s necessary so that you can efficiently and successfully transfer all of your assets to those you leave behind. With a bit of careful planning, your heirs can avoid having to pay estate taxes and federal taxes on your assets. As well, a well planned estate […]


Why You Must Invest In Gold Today

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Gold. Rare, beautiful, and unique. Treasured as a store of value for thousands of years, it is an important and secure asset. It has maintained its long term value, is not directly affected by the economic policies of individual countries and doesn’t depend on a ‘promise to pay’. Completely free of credit risk, although it […]


Bankruptcy Primer

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Bankruptcy is the legal means of wiping out debt. It may seem like a simple solution when you get in over your head in debt. Bankruptcy, though, should not be taken lightly. There are many repercussions of filing bankruptcy. Before you file bankruptcy you should have a good understanding of the process and what to […]


How The Nursing Home Spend Down Program Affects You And Your Family

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Your Federal Government has mandated (as of June 30, 2006) that before you qualify for nursing home care, you must spend-down all of your assets. These restrictive new rules are designed to impoverish the healthy spouse. They have mandated a 5 year look-back, that means you better have done something to protect your assets 5 […]


Stock Market Trading Tip Personal Balanced Stock Portfolios Guard Against Recession

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Creating an evenly balanced investment portfolio by dividing assets among such diverse classes as stocks both foreign and domestic, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, cash equivalents, and private equity can help guard against recessions. Determining how much to invest in each asset group depends upon the investor’s individual situation and future needs. Throughout most of […]


Bankruptcy Trustee Is Advocate For Creditors

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When a client and their attorney file for bankruptcy it is not automatically presumed that everything listed on the petition is the exact truth. Attorneys generally will not file any claims knowing they are not accurate, but then again, the attorney is relying on the client’s honesty to insure all the appropriate information is available. […]


The Guide To Understanding Financial Statement How To Read A Financial Statement

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Income statements and balance sheets are two common annual financial statements. These reports contain information about a company’s performance that year and present a snapshot of the health of the company at a given point in time. Publicly traded companies are required to file them to the SEC and they are available to the public […]


Hide My Assets From Medicare

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In social functions, I always get asked about the new Medicare nursing home qualifications. Seniors become very anxious about having to spend-down their assets with no cap on the amount that they can keep. This unlimited drain on their funds is of major concern to the healthy spouse, and because the sick spouse can’t do […]


Planning Ahead For Your Family S Financial Security

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No one likes to imagine that illness or death could compromise their family’s financial security. But, tragically and all too often, these things devastate families and leave them in a vulnerable financial position just when they need the most security. Spending only a few hours preparing for such a scenario might save your family needless […]


How To Survive Liquidation

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The present downturn in the economy has made big and small businesses experience financial difficulties. Insurmountable difficulties that are mainly due to enormous debts have caused many businesses to close shop. Understanding the causes of business failures can save the company from possible liquidation. Business liquidation is often referred to as winding up or dissolution. […]