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As we all should be aware by now, the state of California finally has a budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. But have you had a chance to get into the details of how the state was able to raise revenues to cover its persistent budget deficit?
It's that time of the year again - property tax time.
The beginning of the new year is an excellent time to sit down with a professional to review your entire estate plan, including your trust, will, power of attorney, health-care directive, community property agreement and other documents intended to make sure your assets and personal needs will be managed according to your wishes. If it's been longer than a year, you're probably overdue for an estate-planning checkup.
So says Warren Buffet, the billion dollar investor, who is now buying US stocks. He said "A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful".
The year 2008 was a difficult one for most businesses, many having to downsize for economic reasons. Downsizing in this case means cutting expenses, reducing payroll and eliminating clients that could no longer afford to pay for products and services.
Terri Kabachnick is the founder of The Kabachnick Group a company focused on teaching service-oriented businesses how to develop customer loyalty through employees.
The past year has been a challenging one for investors and financial planners.
When Wilbur and Orville Wright finished the first successful manned flight on Dec. 17, 1903, they amazed and astonished the world. They also demonstrated the power of their problem-solving method.
Taking risks is difficult, whether for an individual or a company, because it involves uncertainty.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Chestnuts roasting, cooler weather, holiday decorations, long lines in retail stores and ... a bevy of new laws passed by the legislature for California employers.
In the initial stages of a divorce many people find it difficult to face the reality of the circumstances before them and will often ignore and try to avoid the process altogether, but doing so can have serious detrimental effects.
The month of December is winding down, but you still have time to make some tax-advantaged moves for your business before the year is up. These are a few ideas to put on your list.
* The economy might not be working for me, and it might not be working against me, so to play it safe, in 2009, I am going to be satisfied with flat revenue. We will worry about growing the top line in 2010.
Organizations are built on people. The only true long-term competitive advantage any organization has is the people employed and working inside of it.
Last week marked the end of the first half of the calendar year. It seems like January was just last week.
Starting or growing a family can be an exciting milestone in one's life. But as most experienced parents will tell you, your priorities are likely to change, and along with these changes come new expenses and responsibilities,
Being a trusted advisor is a place of honor. When you reach a certain stage in life, you are compensated not for what you do but for what you know.
With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.
Throughout the years at the Advisory Board meetings I facilitate, I've heard a fair amount of laughter and grumbling from the business people who participate.
Jim, president of the top local IT company, came by the other day. He was not happy. He'd just been served with a complaint, alleging that he'd breached a new employee's contract, had wrongfully terminated her, and was guilty of breach of promissory estoppel (whatever that is?).
The bottom line, the profitability of a company, should matter to every employee but many owners tend to keep this information private. Owners then complain when profits are thin.
Even in a state with hundreds of miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, luxury home buyers in California preferred hilltop homes over ocean-front properties by a margin of four to one.
I've always liked watching team sports. Sometimes you don't even have to be watching a game to know how things are going. You simply have to listen. You can hear the winners.