Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
Money Maven
By:
Craig G. Langweiler
With nearly half of the companies in the S&P 500 having reported their quarterly earnings, 69 percent have beaten analysts' estimates, up from the 62 percent that did last year and the 59 percent that normally do, according to Thomson Financial. Earnings are currently running 13.1 percent above last year's double-digit increase, according to Standard & Poor's. If this pace...
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The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief and Reconciliation Act of 2003 changed how dividends are taxed. Investors now pay lower tax rates on certain qualifying dividends. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers the following refresher on the taxation of dividends, along with some advice for investors. The maximum tax rate on qualifying dividends dropped to 15 percent for...
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Investing
By:
Fred D. Snitzer
The stock market followed similar patterns during the years 2003 and 2004, limping along for much of the year, going neither up nor down, and remaining as flat as a pancake through the summer. Then, as if toying with our emotions, it shot up in the last quarter and ended in positive territory for the year. We all breathed a...
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Wired
By:
Michael Trantas
Now that the word "disaster" has become a topic of daily conversation, let's spend a few minutes discussing the advantages of data-recovery services. The devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita (not to mention the more recent Wilma) have had a serious impact on businesses in the Gulf Coast region. Floodwaters have destroyed homes and entire communities, and the impact...
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Money Maven
By:
Craig G. Langweiler
I've heard about a new Roth 401(k) account. Could you please explain the details, and who is eligible? Beginning on Jan. 1, 2006, a 401(k) plan will be able to offer a Roth feature with the same basic attributes as the current Roth IRA. But in the new 401(k) version, anyone - regardless of annual income - will be able...
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