The Only Tax You Owe is the First One!

If you have ever read the tax code from cover to cover please raise your hand. Don’t be silly put your hand down. For one reason I cannot see you raise your hand through your computer screen (only the government can do that). And the other reason, the tax code is 75,000 pages – who is Read more about The Only Tax You Owe is the First One![…]

Doctor, it hurts when I do this!

Doctor, it hurts when I do this. Do what? Pay Taxes! There is lots of talk today about the government’s new tax plan proposal. Current speculation ranges from tax breaks across the board to taxes that hurt the middle class to tax breaks just for the rich. I am here to tell you that whatever Read more about Doctor, it hurts when I do this![…]

Mutual Funds Exposed (Part 1 of 6)

At one time, mutual funds were useful investments. It used to be difficult and expensive for individuals to own many stocks and create their own portfolio to help get the benefit of diversification.  So, mutual funds probably provided, at one time, what might have been one of the best available investment alternatives. However, to obtain Read more about Mutual Funds Exposed (Part 1 of 6)[…]

Hocus Pocus, Poof! The Tax Savings Disappear!

I for one do not believe that qualified retirement plans are all that they profess to be. They are surrounded by ever changing, complicated rules that turn out to be very costly. I don’t believe all of the rhetoric about tax savings. Someone is going to be taxed on this money. If not you, then Read more about Hocus Pocus, Poof! The Tax Savings Disappear![…]

Handwriting on the Wall

The government knows that it is between a rock and a hard place on the issue of Social Security. The dire financial situation of Medicare, Medicaid and the US Postal Service isn’t helping the situation. In 2016 the US Government spent $19 Trillion dollars. Roughly 49% of that $19 Trillion dollars was spent on social Read more about Handwriting on the Wall[…]

What’s Your Number?

Do you remember the ING retirement campaign a few years ago.  The commercials were always asking, “What’s Your Number?”.  This brief article isn’t the place to get into what is wrong with the “What’s Your Number” campaign. What I want to focus on is this – For simplicity’s sake, let’s say that your “number” was Read more about What’s Your Number?[…]

“No Whammies… No Whammies… No Whammies”

How many of you remember the game show “Press Your Luck” from the mid-eighties?  The game consisted of answering trivia questions.  If answered correctly you were given a spin on a digital board to win cash and prizes.  The show was known for the “Whammy”, a red cartoon creature with a high-pitched voice. Landing on Read more about “No Whammies… No Whammies… No Whammies”[…]