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  • Is Your Financial Planning Tax Compliant? (Part 1) - 26 January 2008
  • More than 134 million US citizens filed individual income tax returns in 2005. This colossal figure represented growth over 2004. The adjusted gross income represented by these 2005 tax accounts exceeded $7 trillion, and the figure grew by over 9% over 2004. It appears that our national financial planning is on track, and that we are a nation of honest tax payers! We see similar trends with small enterprises: the number of partnerships approached 3 million in 2005, and reported income grew by over 40%. Impressive as these figures may seem in financial planning terms, they tell only half of the tax compliance story.

  • Is Your Financial Planning Tax Compliant? (Part 2) - 26 January 2008
  • Deductions, Credits, Miscellaneous Income and Personal Financial Planning

    Tax rules change every year. Some of them are related to specific events such as Hurricane Katrina or the California fires, but others are more enduring moves to help you save on taxes. Many concessions are time-bound: the best credits for new cars and trucks with hybrid engines last only for the first few units sold, and taper off thereafter. You must join the queue at a friendly auto dealer now, or pay more!

  • Global Stock Trading Imperatives (Part 1) - 25 January 2008
  • Online stock has yet to impact global stock investment, but entries by all reputable stock brokers is set to make this form of stock trading grow by leaps and bounds. Individuals have been rather slow in diversifying their portfolios, but the major financial institutions would have been hit even harder by the sub-prime crisis, had it not been for their foreign investments. The World Bank has paved paths for private capital to play defining roles in the developments of emerging economies, most of which now have Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates between 5% and 10% a year.

  • Global Stock Trading Imperatives (Part 2) - 25 January 2008
  • Global Stock Trading Imperatives (Part 1)

    Managing Risks in Stock Trading Abroad

    Cataclysmic events in another country can hurt your stocks whether you invest abroad directly, or in the most tangential manner. Come to think of it, all of us may be invested abroad, at least in small degrees, without being aware of it. After all, where do the metals that go in to all the batteries you use originate? What about gasoline? When did you last eat fruit grown in the United States? Global commerce has everyone hooked! This suggest that US residents must end their isolation and know more about what goes on in the rest of the world.

  • The Grey Stock Market Driver (Part 1) - 24 January 2008
  • Stock market sentiment is notorious for being irrational, but there could be methods to the madness! You have to be a geologist or involved in making batteries, if you are to be excited by looking at a dull, grey piece of cobalt. Most people who would never bother to look beyond the headlines of copper and zinc mines, or of developments in places such as the Congo, have no idea how much their precious stocks are affected by cobalt reserves. Can you live without cell phones again? Do you agree that cars with hybrid engines are the way to go? Your financial planning could be more dependant on cobalt than you know!

  • The Grey Stock Market Driver (Part 2) - 24 January 2008
  • The Grey Stock Market Driver (Part 1)

    Mining and Technology Links for Stock Picks

    Cobalt deserves a dispassionate look when it comes to financial planning. Your portfolio could have entirely new stocks once you consider the tentacles of this metallic octopus on your financial planning. You can use the cobalt story to discover top stock picks, provided you understand the drivers of this matrix. Manganese nodules under the sea hold enough cobalt to offset the potential effects of stocks with our enemies. The problem is that most of these reserves lie in the Pacific outside the territorial waters of any country. Therefore, you need to back stocks of companies that can get Washington to sort out the international treaty issues of seabed mining.

  • The 2008 Presidential Election and Your Financial Planning (Part 1) - 23 January 2008
  • Democracy is not a once-in-four-years affair, but a US Presidential election takes domestic and global issues more seriously than usual. The recent move towards campaigning interactively through the Internet has reinforced the notion that a huge pile of matters come to the fore every time it is your turn to vote. One candidate may be better at managing war, while another has a distinct strength on a more pedestrian issue. How do you approach the inevitable trade-off? This article suggests that your financial planning interests could be the most appropriate and pressing parameter to bear in mind.

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