Achieving Family Harmony in Estate Planning Part 2: Make Sure Your Plan Fits Your Unique Needs by David John Marotta Estate planning must begin with family harmony as the goal. Thus personal dynamics are more important than avoiding probate and...
Twitter, barely three years old, is being touted as a takeover target by the rumor mill fueled by every media outlet in North America. The unsubstantiated rumors claim that Apple is planning a $700 million cash buy-out for the...
EBay is finally making plans to unwind itself from Meg Whitman’s appalling and astronomically expensive decision to acquire Skype. At the time of the acquisition’s announcements, the financial media, while showing surprise, did little to clarify why such a...
Social Security 5: File and Suspend for Soon-to-Be Widowed Homemakers (2009-03-30) by avid John Marotta and Matthew Illian Our own death or the death of a loved one can be difficult to face. But mortality is one of the most...

More Bailouts, More Fed

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In the last week, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve each announced a major policy initiative for the stated purpose of reversing our economic woes. Don’t hold your breath. The Treasury’s gambit is a proposed public-private partnership to remove...

Disrespecting Taxpayers & Shareholders

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As CEOs beg for Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) handouts, the new corporate mantra is, maintain shareholder trust. Easy to say, that's much easier said than done in this economy. All Congress and White House promises of oversight on the...

Let Bankruptcy Courts Take the Wheel

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General Motors, having sucked up $9.4 billion of taxpayer cash since Christmas, now desperately craves the remaining $4 billion authorized by President Bush for disbursement in February. And come March, once that new money has disappeared down the Detroit drain...
Safeguard #6: Recognize and avoid financial hooks (2009-02-16) by David John Marotta To safeguard your money, you must be able to extricate yourself from any bad investment quickly. Of course, the companies that sell mistakes don't want you to be...
(This article is based on information provided by the FBI to the National Association of Chiefs of Police.) The cyber threat confronting the United States is rapidly increasing as the number of actors with the tools and abilities to use...
Earlier this year, in The Next Great Depression, I noted several parallels between the political economy of the early 1930s and today. Another intriguing parallel between then and now is the striking similarities between Barack Obama and Franklin Delano...
Foreign Freedom Investing for July of 2008 by David John Marotta You can both diversify for safety and boost your returns by adding international investments to your portfolio. In the past year, international stocks performed 2.5% better than U.S. stocks. And...

Coffee Correctness

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COFFEE CORRECTNESS Like all socialism, socialist coffee is good only for its own chosen elite. But it's a cheap ego-boost for the parlour pinks Fair ...

It’s About Time – Tort Reform

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https://www.gopusa.com/news/2005/january/0106_bush_tort_reform.shtml It's about time... the unknown secret is that you can't make a business pay for a la...