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U.S. government signals more businesses liable as joint employers

U.S. government signals more businesses liable as joint employers

(Reuters) – More U.S. companies could be classified as “joint employers” of workers employed by a staffing agency or contractor and held liable for labor violations tied to those staff, the U.S. Labor Department said in guidance published Wednesday. Joint employment has emerged as a major issue in franchising, contracting, temporary staffing and other arrangements […]

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Just How Risky Is Your Portfolio? – Here Are Five Ways to Size Up Your Holdings

Just How Risky Is Your Portfolio? – Here Are Five Ways to Size Up Your Holdings

Just How Risky Is Your Portfolio? – Here Are Five Ways to Size Up Your Holdings, as reported in the WS Journal. U.S. stocks are expensive by historical standards and the market has been choppy since mid-September. Nervous? To figure out how much risk you’re exposed to, try looking at your portfolio from five different […]

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Where to Exit the Market Herd

Where to Exit the Market Herd

Editor’s Note: This article appeared in early January, 2015.  The timing and statements still appear true as of today  – – the date of publication. Where to Exit the Market Herd – Simon Constable Suggests Three Contrarian Investment Plays, as reported in the WS Journal. Going with the crowd might have helped in high school, […]

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Investing for the Long Term – How to Play Trends That Will Move Markets for Years to Come

Investing for the Long Term – How to Play Trends That Will Move Markets for Years to Come

Investing for the Long Term – How to Play Trends That Will Move Markets for Years to Come, as reported in the WS Journal. Investors often try to profit by betting on short- and medium-term shifts in stocks and bonds. But the real money comes from anticipating long-term trends, the kinds of changes that take […]

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10 things investors won’t tell you

10 things investors won’t tell you

10 things investors won’t tell you, as reported in the WS Journal. 1. We have no idea what we’re doing… Over the last four decades, the 401(k) plan has replaced the pension as the main form of retirement plan. About 31% of workers had so-called defined contribution retirement plans in 2008, up from just 8% […]

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Washington Alert – CMS concerned of loss of ACA’s premium tax credit; IRS Collection being proactive on payroll taxes; JCT Report onMacroeconomic Effects of the ‘Tax Relief Extension Act of 2015

Washington Alert – CMS concerned of loss of ACA’s premium tax credit; IRS Collection being proactive on payroll taxes; JCT Report onMacroeconomic Effects of the ‘Tax Relief Extension Act of 2015

Federal officials, including those at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are continuing to voice concerns regarding the possibility that up to an estimated 1.8 million households could lose their eligibility to receive the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax credit in 2016. Based on Treasury Department data, these households have been receiving the […]

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The 10 smartest cities in America

The 10 smartest cities in America

The 10 smartest cities in America, as reported in the WS Journal. The pursuit of higher education is more common in America today than in previous generations. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 41% of Americans aged 18 to 24 were enrolled in a two- or four-year degree-granting institution, far more than […]

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Florida Governor Tells Residents Of Other States: ‘Move Here!’

Florida Governor Tells Residents Of Other States: ‘Move Here!’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott will kick off his second term on Tuesday with a blunt warning that he intends to poach people and jobs from other large states that have relatively higher taxes. “I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to […]

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Here are 15 economic surprises for 2015 Business leaders predict what we’ll be talking about this time next year.

Here are 15 economic surprises for 2015 Business leaders predict what we’ll be talking about this time next year.

As reported in the OC Register: Think back a year ago. Did anybody see consumers rewarded with cheap money and cheap gasoline – along with a healthy economy – nicely wrapped under the 2014 economic Christmas tree? It’s a good lesson that it’s one thing to predict economic trends – the high-probability business patterns we […]

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Businesses to pay more unemployment taxes

Businesses to pay more unemployment taxes

As reported in the OC Register, Businesses to pay more unemployment taxes – Businesses face an increase for unemployment benefits loans. Brace yourselves, California business types: The federal unemployment taxes you’ll pay in 2015 will be more than quadruple what you paid just a few years ago. Several hundred thousand employers in the Golden State […]

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Bits ’n Pieces – Mortgages, Consumer Debt Relief, Deflation, Budget Gap, U.S. Manufacturing

Bits ’n Pieces – Mortgages, Consumer Debt Relief, Deflation, Budget Gap, U.S. Manufacturing

As  reported in the WS Journal: A Surge in Mortgages The moribund mortgage market sprang back to life this month after a drop in interest rates to levels not seen in almost two years sent borrowers rushing to lock in cheaper loans. Mortgage applications rose a seasonally adjusted 49% in the week ended Jan. 9 from […]

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How to Keep Your Portfolio on Track – Thirty-One Rules to Guide Your Investments This Year

How to Keep Your Portfolio on Track – Thirty-One Rules to Guide Your Investments This Year

How to Keep Your Portfolio on Track – Thirty-One Rules to Guide Your Investments This Year, as reported in the WS Journal. Looking to improve your money management in 2015? Here are 31 rules for the financial road ahead. They’re excerpted from the “ Jonathan Clements Money Guide 2015,” which covers financial topics from retirement […]

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California 2012-2022 Local Area Employment Projections

California 2012-2022 Local Area Employment Projections

The Labor Market Information Division released the 2012-2022 local area industry and occupational employment projections for the following areas: • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale MD (Los Angeles) • San Diego-Carlsbad MSA (San Diego) • Redding MSA (Shasta) • Hanford-Corcoran MSA (Kings) • Madera MSA (Madera) • San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City MD (San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin) […]

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How to Moonlight Without the Worry – The Trick Is Aligning Your Side Interests With Your Employer’s

How to Moonlight Without the Worry – The Trick Is Aligning Your Side Interests With Your Employer’s

How to Moonlight Without the Worry – The Trick Is Aligning Your Side Interests With Your Employer’s, as reported in the WS Journal. Tim Peters needed a full-time job. But he worried about how his side work might impact his chances. The marketing professional from Toronto had founded the Canadian Hero Fund, a nonprofit that […]

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Bits ’n Pieces – Oil’s Gift to Home Buyers, Negative Equity Ebbs, Consumer Prices Fall, Gasoline Spending Slides, New College Ratings Plan, Housing

Bits ’n Pieces – Oil’s Gift to Home Buyers, Negative Equity Ebbs, Consumer Prices Fall, Gasoline Spending Slides, New College Ratings Plan, Housing

Oil’s Gift to Home Buyers Low oil prices may offer a hidden gift to consumers beyond the gas pump: They could also indirectly support lower mortgage rates. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.06% in the week ended Dec. 12, the lowest level in 18 months, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The plunge in […]

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Your Odds of Being Laid Off: Minimal

Your Odds of Being Laid Off: Minimal

Your Odds of Being Laid Off: Minimal – They’re Now the Lowest on Record, Government Data Show, as reported in the WS Journal. American workers don’t seem to know it, but the odds of getting laid off are now the lowest on record—lower than the bubbliest months of the housing bubble, and lower than at […]

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Job Growth Slows, Banks’ Fee Earnings Fall, Food-Stamp Use Is Down, Hiring Takes Longer,Income Gap Widens

Job Growth Slows, Banks’ Fee Earnings Fall, Food-Stamp Use Is Down, Hiring Takes Longer,Income Gap Widens

Job Growth Slows, Banks’ Fee Earnings Fall, Food-Stamp Use Is Down, Hiring Takes Longer, Income Gap Widens, as reported in the WS Journal. Job Growth Slows U.S. job growth slowed to its lowest level of the year in August, after a string of steady gains over the prior six months. Nonfarm employment advanced a seasonally […]

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Most States Are Good Credit Risks – Ratings Are Strong Despite Pension and Health-Care Obligations

Most States Are Good Credit Risks – Ratings Are Strong Despite Pension and Health-Care Obligations

Most States Are Good Credit Risks – Ratings Are Strong Despite Pension and Health-Care Obligations, as reported in the WS Journal. U.S. states represent one of the most secure areas of the global bond market. Even when hefty pension obligations and unfunded employee health-care liabilities are taken into account, state credit quality generally is strong. […]

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Tackling Stereotypes Before Your Job Interview – Start by Fixing Up Your Online Reputation

Tackling Stereotypes Before Your Job Interview – Start by Fixing Up Your Online Reputation

Tackling Stereotypes Before Your Job Interview – Start by Fixing Up Your Online Reputation, as reported in the WS Journal. After 10 years as director of admissions and communications at a private school, Karen Dennis wanted to work at a public-relations agency. Unfortunately, 2009 was a tough time to change careers. Many agencies were reeling […]

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Market Watch – New Money-Fund Rules, Tight Mortgage Standards, Home Sales Slide

Market Watch – New Money-Fund Rules, Tight Mortgage Standards, Home Sales Slide

New Money-Fund Rules, Tight Mortgage Standards, Home Sales Slide, as reported in the WS Journal. New Money-Fund Rules U.S. regulators approved rules intended to prevent a repeat of an investor exodus out of money-market mutual funds during the financial crisis, addressing one of the biggest unresolved issues from the 2008 meltdown. The asset-management industry, long […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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