Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
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Fred D. Snitzer, JE Feature
From the market's recent roller-coaster ride, two views have emerged about what this volatility portends for the immediate future of the economy and the markets. In one corner are the optimists, those perennially sunny sorts whose relentless good cheer can border on the annoying. In the other corner are the pessimists, always finding the single cloud in the best of...
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By:
Craig G. Langweiler, JE Feature
In May 2006, a new tax law went into effect that has the potential to affect investors of all stripes. Because the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 received only brief attention from the news media, you may have overlooked some of the changes. It's important to understand how this new tax law applies to your situation. The...
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Girls go for the green -- bargains galore at Shecky's
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Dana Lerner, JE Feature
An estrogen-charged crowd huddles at the entranceway of the historic neo-Romanesque Puck Building in downtown Manhattan. Within eyesight are masses of women rummaging through designer winter hats, fingering sterling-silver jewelry and browsing over light cashmere sweaters. Salon stylists straighten unruly hair, brittle nails become ruby-polished, and palates are quenched by a select wine or brew. A pair of creamy taupe...
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A key decision taxpayers face when filing is whether to take the standard deduction or to itemize on their tax returns. Here are some answers: The standard deduction is a flat amount established by the IRS that you deduct from your adjusted gross income. When you itemize, you deduct your actual qualified deductions. The best method depends on how much...
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By:
Andrew Lasner, JE Feature
Prior to actual closing day -- whether you're seller or buyer -- there are several things you should do to be certain that your real estate transaction will close on time, and that everything will go smoothly. A day or two before closing, you should review your final closing statement, commonly called the HUD-1 Statement. The HUD-1 is a form...
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