Received My New York State Family Tax Relief Credit Check

Nothing makes my heart drop like a piece of mail from either the IRS or New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.  While my income is not large by most people’s standards I do own a couple of businesses so any type of notice from a taxing authority makes my head hurt even before

An Investment Club Update

Back in February of 2013 I started an investment club with 8 other buddies.  The idea was simple we would each put in $500 to start it up (creating an entity was the main expense) and then a monthly contribution of $100 thereafter.  I was worried about the longevity of the club at first, but

The Wife and I Welcome our Second Child

The Wife and I Welcome our Second Child

If you follow me on twitter you may have seen that a few days ago The Wife gave birth to our second child and first daughter.  It always brings a smile to my face to read my post sharing the details of when the night/day my son was born, so I thought I should memorialize my

The Failure to Save: How to Overcome a Global Financial Issue

According to a 2013 report conducted by global banking giant HSBC, the world is in the grip of a deepening pension crisis. The survey, which canvassed the testimony of more than 15,000 consumers throughout 15 global markets, revealed that a high number of citizens currently have inadequate savings to successfully fund their retirement. The U.S.

How to use Financial Speculation as a way of overcoming Debt

In days gone by, the common perception was that the spectre of debt could only be overcome by reducing expenditure and commiting to saving money. While this remains viable advice, however, it is not necessarily the most productive method in an economic climate where unemployment remains high and disposable income decidedly low.   Instead, the

Can you Really Ever Trust a Religious Based Mutual Fund?

It has been a few years since I took look at religious based mutual funds, but a recent Kiplinger’s article brought the topic back to my attention.  While I think the goal of providing someone an easy investment vehicle that matches their religious intent is a commendable goal, I can’t imagine it being possible. The article,