TransUnion Settlement

TransUnion Settlement

I have absolutely no idea when I decided to “opt in” the TransUnion Class Action Lawsuit, but a couple days ago I received my settlement. TransUnion Class Action Lawsuit Apparently, TransUnion was a bad credit monitoring agency and allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  Specifically, Plaintiffs claimed that TransUnion sold private information which it…Continue Reading

There are Many Ways to Commit Tax Fraud

There are Many Ways to Commit Tax Fraud

Most people assume that the only way to commit tax fraud is not to pay it or to lie on those documents.  However, in New York, and probably most other jurisdictions, there are numerous ways to commit tax fraud. Like the Federal Government, and most other States, New York is short on tax revenue and in…Continue Reading

Advanced Charitable Giving using Life Insurance

Advanced Charitable Giving using Life Insurance

As we get into the holiday season people start to feel charitably inclined, and yes you could just drop some coins with the unenthusiastic guy with a bell, give a $20 spot at church, or write a check…but what if there was a bigger bang for your proverbial buck?   Over the next couple weeks I will…Continue Reading

The House Passes Estate Tax Bill to Freeze Current Exemptions and Rates

The House Passes Estate Tax Bill to Freeze Current Exemptions and Rates

In a vote closer than I expected the house passed, an Estate Tax Bill!  For all intents and purposes the bill freezes the Federal Estate Tax (Remember State Estate tax is different) so that every U.S. Citizen has a $3,500,000 exemption and anything above that amount is effectively taxed at 45%. The Bill passed 225 to…Continue Reading

How do the Morningstar Star Ratings Work? Are Morningstar Ratings Accurate?

How do the Morningstar Star Ratings Work? Are Morningstar Ratings Accurate?

I have discussed how I use the Free Morningstar Instant X-Ray tool, but Morningstar is more known for its mutual fund rating system.  Who hasn’t heard the terms, “5 Star Fund, 4 Star Fund, etc.” but what does that actually mean? How does Morningstar calculate the Star Rating System? Russel Kinnel, Morningstar’s Director of Mutual…Continue Reading