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The Ricks Report – February 12, 2018

The Ricks Report February 12, 2018   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $ YOU DO THE MATH – The 4.1% unemployment rate for January 2018 that was reported by the government on 2/02/18 is based upon a survey of just 60,000 households that was completed during the week of 1/08/18.  The employment status of the individuals in…

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The Ricks Report – February 5, 2018

The Ricks Report February 5, 2018   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $ REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTIONS – If you turned age 70 ½ sometime in 2017, then you must begin taking annual withdrawals from your IRA accounts no later than 4/01/18. If you delay your 1st withdrawal until 4/01/18, you must also take a 2nd distribution by…

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The Ricks Report – January 29, 2018

The Ricks Report January 29, 2018   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $ BOTH ARE AT FAULT – The national debt increased +86% during George W. Bush’s 8 years as president, reaching $10.6 trillion as of 1/20/09.  The national debt increased +88% during Barack Obama’s 8 years as president, reaching $19.9 trillion as of 1/20/17 (source: Treasury…

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How to Take Advantage of Tax Reform Before Year's End

by: Jude Heath CPA 6 tax savings ideas to consider before year’s end 1. Pay your 2018 property taxes early If your state and local taxes will be greater than $10,000, pay the excess by December 31st, leaving $10,000 to deduct in 2018. 2. Make an extra mortgage payment Make your January mortgage payment in…

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The Ricks Report – January 8, 2018

The Ricks Report January 8, 2018   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $  NOT EXACTLY – USA Today writer Kelly Kennedy predicted in a 5/22/13 article that “market forces and an impetus to attract younger, healthier people into the insurance market will help keep health insurance premiums lower as the Affordable Care Act takes effect on 1/01/14”…

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The Ricks Report – December 4, 2017

The Ricks Report December 4, 2017   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $   BACK TO BOOM LEVELS – The median sales price of existing homes sold nationally in October 2017 is 108% of the median sales price of existing homes sold nationally in June 2007, the latter date being the peak of the real estate boom.  Sale…

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RMD Quiz – How Well Do You Know the Rules?

  If you have an IRA, you should realize that what goes in must come out. In other words, your tax deferral will not last forever. Eventually, Uncle Sam will want his share. When you reach retirement age, required minimum distributions (RMDs) will kick in. Are you prepared? Take our RMD quiz and see how…

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