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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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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 – 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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The Ricks Report – November 27, 2017

The Ricks Report November 27, 2017   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $  STILL THE AMERICAN DREAM? – The national homeownership rate in the USA as of 9/30/17 was 63.9%, down from a peak of 69.2% as of 12/31/04.  Every 1 percentage point reduction in the home-ownership rate represents 1.2 million households that have changed from homeowner…

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The Ricks Report – November 13, 2017

The Ricks Report November 13, 2017   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE  $   INCREASE EVERYONE – Individual income taxes paid by American taxpayers would have to increase by +42% in order to eliminate our $666 billion deficit from fiscal year 2017 (source: Treasury Department).  $   COMPLETE CYCLE – The jobless rate in the United States was 5.0%…

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The Ricks Report – October 16, 2017

The Ricks Report October 16, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance EXPANDING ECONOMY – The US economy has been growing for the last 99 months (i.e., no recession), an expansion exceeded in length only 2 times since 1900 (source: National Bureau of Economic Research). DECADES PASS WITH FEWER REFINERIES – The United States has 141 operable oil…

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