I would hazard a guess that for many of us, answering the phone has become an exercise in frustration. If you are like me, regardless of the efforts I have taken to place my number on the DoNotCall registry and to use my caller id to prescreen before answering, I am still bombarded with scam calls each and every day. What makes it worse is that the robo-callers and scammers are now using a technique called “spoofing” where they can disguise their identity on caller id and make it appear that a legitimate business is calling. This spoofing technique has …Read More
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) may be the best deal out there, if you can get it. All of us like to beat the tax man, right? HSAs are what’s known as triple tax free: you get a deduction when you put money into the account, the account grows tax free, and as long as you make withdrawals for allowable health care expenses (pretty easy to do), you don’t pay any tax on that either. They’re like a traditional IRA or 401k going in, and a Roth coming out.
But like many good things, there are a few problems and things …
Father’s Day has just past and once this holiday has ended, many fathers return to business as usual at home and on the job.
We once wrote about that “Fathers Are Reluctant to Take Paternity Leave” and while that may still be the case for some, things are changing. The Washington Post recently reported on “How a dad’s lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase could lead to more parental leave elsewhere” and while this is the first such case in recent years, it is a very high-profile one. JP Morgan Chase will end up paying $5 million …Read More
I read a very interesting article recently about spending for school and club sports for teens and pre-teens.
Apparently, the amount that parents spend for their children on sports keeps climbing. Many spend thousands of dollars a year for their kids to play on elite teams. The goals are to get elite training and play with other really good players so they can get some sort of college scholarship.
TD Ameritrade did a survey and found that 40% of parents …Read More
I love those articles that tell you everything you’re doing is wrong. Lifehacker had a decent one yesterday on how to wash your hair, swallow pills, do laundry, etc. One of the things you may be doing wrong is your will.
You do have a will, right? If so, you’re the exception to about 75% of the people I see. I see it so often that I have developed a boilerplate recommendation to include in my client reports. So don’t pay me to tell you what you already know! Get a will, health care advanced directive, and powers of attorney …Read More