Stock Options: A Primer

May 7, 2021 Companies are always looking for relatively inexpensive ways to increase the odds of getting the best workforce to join them. In the Technology sector, these ‘inexpensive’ ways often translate into offering employees stock options as incentives that don’t hit their cash reserves...

5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Financial Life

April 7, 2021 Decluttering. Thanks to Marie Kondo, meditation gurus and an amazing amount of time at home, we have all had opportunities to declutter our closets, our monkey minds and our “working-from-home” space (formerly known as the dining room).  But what does it mean...

How To Avoid a 10B5-1 Meltdown

February 3, 2021 Well, if you don’t know what a 10b5-1 plan is yet, you may aspire to be in a place to need one. For some, they are a necessary evil. For others, they are downright mystifying.  But let’s take a look at their...

Evaluating/Negotiating a Job Offer

September 29, 2020 COVID-19 and the economic downturn have many out of work and looking for new positions.  A job search can be competitive and confusing, especially if you haven’t looked for a job in a while.  Companies in sectors that have been weathering the...

State of Affairs – Our Perspective

Most likely you are asking the same question we are. What is going on in Washington? And how and when does it end? We clearly have an acrimonious situation in Congress that has caused a government shutdown.  Coupled with the looming debt ceiling deadline of...

2013 Year-End Personal Tax Planning Considerations & Checklist

As we approach year-end, tax planning considerations should be starting to take shape.  New tax legislation has brought greater certainty to year-end planning, but has also created new challenges.  The number of changes made to the Tax Code and the opportunities these changes bring may...

Consider Dividend-Paying Stocks

In this low interest rate environment, income-minded investors, who have some tolerance for risk may find dividend-paying stocks attractive.  In fact, nearly 40% of S&P 500 companies have dividend yields above the 10-year US Treasury bond yield. The appeal of dividend-paying stocks is easy to...

Tax Implications after DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional as it violates the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution as applied to persons of the same sex who...

2Q 2013 Market Commentary

“For the loser now will be later to win For the times they are a-changin’” – Bob Dylan With a modest improvement in unemployment, a nascent housing recovery and continued accommodative Federal Reserve, the US markets continued to generate positive returns, albeit with considerable volatility...