Study Tips from a Guy Who’s Been Outta College for a Decade

Since I finished my undergrad over a decade ago, I haven’t put my study skills to work recently.  I did an MBA a few years back, but much of that program was based on projects, papers, presentations and team activities, so the past few weeks have been a blast from the past.  Going with the […]

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Breaking: Obama Announces Deal on Taxes, Unemployment, Credits and More

President Obama announced “framework” details on the deal being ironed out between both parties to satisfy pretty much everyone.  Everyone’s gonna get their tax cuts, the unemployed will be assured of an extension, estate taxes will not revert to the old rates and more.  Here are some details for each provision: Tax Rates -There will […]

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Paying for Christmas Light Hanging Service? Absurd

You’ve probably heard about the services that will hang Christmas lights on your house for you each year for a fee.  I knew the services were out there but never actually knew anyone that used one, nor did I contemplate what the service would cost.  I figure regular able-bodied people either hang the lights themselves […]

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Renters Subsidize Homeowners with Tax Deduction? Think Again

With all the class warfare rhetoric of late, a popular “subsidy” to knock of late is the mortgage interest tax deduction.  One of the largest constituents arguing for removal of this tax deduction is of course – renters.  See renters often cite the notion that they are in effect subsidizing homeowners by way to the […]

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The Ireland Crisis and What It Means to the World

Presently, we’re seeing a crisis unfolding in Europe somewhat similar to what we saw with Greece earlier this year.  Markets have lost confidence that Ireland will be able to continue to fulfill its debt obligations (as measured by spiking yields on sovereign debt) and thus, it is looking as though it is a forgone conclusion […]

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Yes, A College Degree is Worth It – If Your Major Isn’t Useless

There’s been a lot of griping in recent years that students are graduating with boatloads of debt and they can’t land a job, so they’re questioning the value of their degree.  Between jobless friends, TV pundits and angry bloggers, you’d think the whole college education system was a giant scam.  The confluence of a recession, […]

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Should Congress Extend Unemployment Benefits – Again?

One of the first things the new Congress is going to have to wrestle with is another extension of unemployment benefits.  Presently, about 2 million workers are going to see their benefits expire if Congress doesn’t act in the next few weeks.  Termed “the 99ers”, this cohort has exhausted the 26 weeks funded by the […]

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Go Interview for a New Job – Even if You Don’t Want It. Here’s Why

You might be very content in your current career situation.  Perhaps you view your job security as relatively high, your pay is fair and you like your work environment.  That’s great!  You’re in a small minority of workers globally right from the start.  However, that whole picture can change dramatically overnight.  Aside from the obvious […]

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Saying Bye-Bye to the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

How would you feel if the mortgage interest deduction on homes were eliminated tomorrow?  If you’re a renter, you probably wouldn’t care.  But if you’re a homeowner, especially one with a sizable mortgage payment, that might give you pause, right?  I couldn’t help but notice in this recent WSJ.com article that the “Deficit Commission” is […]

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