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Inherited IRAs

When an IRA owner dies, a designated beneficiary, who is an individual, can establish an inherited IRA and start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) over the beneficiary's own life expectancy. By spreading out the death benefit, a beneficiary can reduce current income tax liability by not taking a lump-sum distribution and will enjoy continued tax deferral on the asset s remaining in the inherited IRA.

July 03, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


New law provides tax break for buying business equipment

Are you thinking of buying business equipment this year? If so, you'll be happy to know the Economic

July 02, 2008 | By Julie Sturgeon | Business Columns


Are you managing when you should be coaching?

I grew up watching John Madden coach the Oakland Raiders. In an era when most NFL teams had thick binders filled with rules and associated penalties for players, Madden went the other way.

July 01, 2008 | BY Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Internet banking: The latest hoopla

It seems that we've all gotten so busy that "clicks to bricks" (what Internet banking is called) has become the way to go. There are many entrepreneurs who are still a bit skeptical about it, so I decided that I'd give you the scoop.

June 27, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


‘... If you watch the pennies ...’

It is always a good time to keep an eye on costs in an organization. Financial reporting is a great way to look back on what happened; it is more important to look forward to see what can be proactively addressed.

June 24, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Living trusts not just for the wealthy

Imagine if your kids go to the bank to get their inheritance after you die, and the bank won't give them the money unless they go to court for months and spend thousands of dollars in probate fees. Imagine if you give all your money to your spouse after you die, but then the government steps in and takes a huge chunk of your assets that were intended for your heirs.

June 19, 2008 | By Robert Mansour | Business Columns


Reasons not to retire

More and more present and future retirees are finding that the traditional idea of retirement is passé. What's more, there's plenty of evidence that keeping your hand in the game, or even finding a new calling, will yield a longer, healthier and happier latter stage of your life. And given rising health care costs, that adult child who suddenly has returned home or the aging parent who needs care, working a little longer may well be as much a need as a want.

June 19, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Try running your business as if it were a bank

Banks are in the business of making money, and most banks are profitable, extremely so. Peter Ueberroth, the head of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, started a bank because he said something to the effect of "Šif you get the business model set up correctly, it becomes a money-making machines"

June 17, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Borrowing from retirement plans full of pitfalls

With the weakening of home prices and lenders tightening credit, an increasing number of Americans are borrowing money from their retirement plans. A Duke University Magazine survey found in December that nearly 20 percent of companies have seen increased hardship withdrawals and loans from 401(k) accounts, often to cover mortgage payments or to avoid personal bankruptcy.

June 12, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


No tax on gain from sale of primary residence? Think again!

One of the most depressing moments I had during this tax season (of which I had several) was having to tell a retired lady that she owed close to $40,000 in taxes when she thought she was going to get a refund. The culprit that caused this unfortunate surprise involved the sale of her primary residence. Here is her sad story.

June 11, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


Just what can you learn from a basketball coach?

It's finally over. Sixty-five teams playing 64 games and scoring 8,853 points between them. It's official, the University of Kansas is the NCAA basketball champion, coming from behind in regulation play to force the game with Memphis State into overtime.

June 10, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Social Security & you

Today, Social Security covers about 163 million workers with 49 million people receiving benefits. Many people think that Social Security contributions are held in interest-bearing accounts to be used for their

June 05, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Planning for your pet's welfare upon death or disability

What happens to your pet if you become incapacitated or die? We have seen many beloved pets abandoned or taken to the animal shelter because an owner has failed to include provisions for the care of their animals in their estate planning documents.

June 05, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald | Business Columns


When should your children start thinking about estate planning?

Many people consider estate planning as something that is only necessary for the elderly or for the rich. I would argue that estate planning is necessary for anyone over the age of 18. Before you stop reading, let me describe some actual incidents that have occurred in the past couple of months that illustrate the need for estate planning by younger adults.

June 04, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


Endure or even prosper during job squeeze

With all the bad news going around about recession or economy in slow-growth, the one thing that's not debatable is that the employment market is weaker than it was a year ago. Let the economists figure out what's going on these days but you can do something about your income situation.

There are two ways for you to go. You can sit at your desk or in your shop with a "the sky is falling" attitude, or you can take the bull by the horns and become the master of your own fate. The time for depending on ...

May 30, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: Advice for a better second half

Last week marked the end of the first half of the calendar year. It seems like January was just last week.

July 06, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Tips for growing a family

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,

June 25, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Advice given, heard and ignored

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.

June 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Student debt hurts housing

With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.

June 18, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The conversation you really need to have

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.

June 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Employees moving could cost you

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?).

June 11, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Profitability Matters, but Not To Everyone

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.

June 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Hilltop Homes Preferred by Luxury Buyers

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.

June 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Are you having fun?

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.

June 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


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