Whether you collect fine wine or folk art, baseball cards or bone china, comic books or classic cars, valuation can be a tricky business. Market fluctuations, economic conditions, popular trends, and the course of history can all influence whether a collection accrues value as an investment, or retains more sentimental than monetary value over the years.
In a few short years, it seems as though the banking industry has revolutionized. It is now easier (and more convenient than ever) to tend to your banking needs, all from the comforts of your pajamas. Gone are the notions of banking hours, and the never-ending lines when you want to deposit your paycheck.
You may have been told to start taking social security as soon as possible (when you reach age 62). Or that you can just keep right on working full time even as you collect. These are just two of the biggest Social Security misconceptions, and if you follow that advice it can end up costing you a lot.
Socially responsible companies balance business concerns like revenue and profit with social concerns like the environment, community benefits, and sustainability. Likewise, socially responsible investing considers both financial return and social/environmental contribution to bring about a positive change.
The annual meeting is rescheduled to sometime later this quarter and the family reunion is sometime next summer, but like certain holidays and your birthday you know you can always count on a few specific dates. It’s reassuring. One such day is Tax Day, AKA April 15. Yet, unlike a birthday this looming deadline tends to sneak up on you in the least enjoyable way.
Despite the government shutdown, the IRS has started processing tax returns as of January 28, 2019, right on schedule. Forbes magazine discusses some of the changes to the tax code for this year.