General & Family Business

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  • Surviving divorce: Vow to protect your financial interests

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 754

    Abstract: It’s hard to ignore the facts: More than half of all married couples will get divorced. For those who are among the unlucky-in-love, the last thing they need is unnecessary financial suffering on top of the emotional trauma. This article explores some ways married couples can protect themselves financially before and during marriage, as well as during and after divorce proceedings.

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  • How to sow seeds of business innovation

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 439

    Abstract: To innovate means to continually work at applying new ideas for growing a business and developing, targeting and delivering better products and services. This article discusses the “seeds” of innovation, including vision, collaboration and motivation. By planting the seeds of innovation and establishing a formal program, you can help ensure a bountiful harvest of new business ideas. (Updated 1/4/12)

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  • Section 1244 stock offers small business investors a big advantage

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 518

    Abstract: Investing in a small business — especially a startup venture — can be risky. But, investing in these companies can have its rewards. Internal Revenue Code Section 1244 provides tax-advantaged treatment for investors in “qualified small business corporations.” This article takes a look at how Sec. 1244 stock can work for you.

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  • 3 depreciation tips you’ll appreciate

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 974

    Abstract: To encourage business investment, the tax code provides opportunities for companies to deduct the cost of depreciable assets more quickly or even “expense” them — that is, deduct the full cost in the year they’re purchased. This article offers three tips for making the most of these opportunities. A sidebar discusses provisions in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 that enhance depreciation deductions.

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  • Practical Perspectives: Key financial issue for you and your family – Quelling marital discord with a postnuptial agreement

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 676

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Practical Perspectives,” we meet Denis and Marjene. They’d been married for almost 20 years when Denis decided to leave his steady job as a civil engineer to pursue a startup centered on a product he’d invented. He wound up accruing substantial debt and even dipping into the couple’s retirement savings. As a result, the couple’s discussions about money got so heated that they began to fear for their marriage. To get a better idea of just where their finances lay, Denis and Marjene paid a visit to their financial advisor, who suggested, cautiously, that the couple consider a postnuptial agreement.

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  • Moneylines: News Briefs for Businesses and Individuals

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 450

    Abstract: This section offers four news briefs about: 1) How, unlike once upon a time, workers now want their employers’ help with planning for retirement, 2) A recent IRS reminder urging homeowners to learn the rules of deducting points while refinancing their mortgages, 3) Chilling news from the Better Business Bureau that loan scams perpetrated against small businesses are on the rise, and 4) The fact that, according to a recent study, gas prices, income and health care top many Americans’ worry lists.

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  • 7 critical business valuation terms you should know

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 639

    Abstract: Every business owner will likely need to have his or her company appraised at some point. Appraisals are essential in the event of a business sale or merger, for creating or updating a buy-sell agreement, or for devising and refining an estate plan. A good way to preempt the uncertainties of the appraisal process is to learn some basic valuation terminology. This article provides seven terms business owners should know. (Updated: 6/11/12)

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  • Trends in compensation – Pay-for-performance model beckons many companies

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 650

    Abstract: Compensation is, one might say, the original motivator. Yet precisely how to compensate employees is no longer the simple concept it once was. This article examines one compensation model that has been beckoning many companies of late: pay-for-performance. (Updated: 8/28/12)

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  • Carrot, meet stick – Use your estate to motivate with an incentive trust

    August / September 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 681

    Abstract: Many people think of their estate plan as, ultimately, a passive concept. That is, it can transfer your wealth to beneficiaries, but it can’t really give them your wisdom or help them make sound life choices. This article looks at one way to shift this paradigm — with an incentive trust, which sets guidelines for how a beneficiary becomes eligible to benefit from the trust.

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  • Protecting data on your personal computer

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 304

    Abstract: As the world has gone digital, everything from family photos to financial records is being stored on personal computers. But information stored on a computer isn’t invincible: Hard drives crash, data gets destroyed by viruses, and files are accidentally erased. This brief article offers some options for backing up your home system, including software and hardware solutions, plus applications you can find only online.

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  • Transfer assets tax efficiently with an IDGT

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 609

    Abstract: It’s natural to want to pass as much wealth as possible to your heirs when you die. This article explains how using an intentionally defective grantor trust (IDGT) can help you do just that. Plus, it explains how an IDGT can help you minimize your estate taxes and even transfer interests in your business. It’s a must-read article if transferring wealth to your heirs is a key goal.

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  • Tips for protecting your assets from future creditors

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 645

    Abstract: You’ve worked hard to build your net worth. But if you haven’t set up adequate protections, your assets could be attacked by frivolous lawsuits or unreasonable creditor claims. This article offers tips on how to implement asset-protection strategies that will defend your assets against potential legal and financial hazards. (Updated 7/20/12)

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  • How to connect with younger workers

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 713

    Abstract: There’s a new generation of employees making their presence felt in the workforce. Known as “Generation Y” or the “Millennials,” this new wave of workers grew up in a different time with a different culture and thus differ in their work habits and goals from preceding generations. This article explores ways to keep these young workers onboard and productive, such as by offering a lot of structure and praise and learning to accept iPods at work.

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  • Keep owner conflicts at bay: Use a shareholder agreement

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 803

    Abstract: It’s important that business owners see eye-to-eye on major issues that affect the growth and productivity of their company. This article explains why a well-drafted shareholder agreement is essential for defining procedures for handling stock ownership transfers and outlining explicit ground rules for how a business should be managed. A sidebar discusses how some agreements include short-term disability coverage.

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  • 3 ways to keep inventory under control

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 330

    Abstract: Excessive or obsolete inventory can be a big drain on your cash flow. In addition to the cost of purchasing or manufacturing it, there’s a significant cost just to keep it on your shelves. The more inventory you have, the greater your expenses for transportation, storage, handling, insurance and financing. In some states, inventory is even subject to personal property tax. This article describes three ways to keep inventory (and your costs) under control. (Updated 4/4/12)

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  • Be the top dog: Use search engine optimization

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 488

    Abstract: In today’s plugged-in business world, your customers have a plethora of Internet-based information search tools—commonly known as search engines—at their fingertips to quickly locate products and services. The return on investment in your company’s Web site depends largely on how quickly prospects can locate your site when using these tools. This article offers some tips on how to get your URL listed higher on search engine result pages.

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