If you look at property tax rates by state across the country and delve even more deeply into rates by individual county in each state, you might be surprised at what you find. First, the National Association of Home Builders research, looking at property tax rates across the United States, found property tax rates differ … Continue reading Property Taxes – a general overview of the what, why, and how.
If you’re a Tennessean, you know you’re a Volunteer even if you don’t wear orange on Game Day Saturdays (I don’t). Personally, I grew up in Indiana and moved to Nashville in 2002. Growing up in Indiana, there is certainly some debate on what a Hoosier or Pacer represents. But for now, let’s look at … Continue reading Why is Tennessee the “Volunteer State?”
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Is it the music, food, professional sports, central location or the fact it’s a state capital that makes Nashville the “It” city? I say “Yes” to all the above... but there's more. Setting economics aside, (which is generally what triggers most articles about Nashville), let’s examine an overview of some of the variables. It’s hard … Continue reading Why is Nashville the “It” city?
The first quarter of the year is an ideal opportunity for savers, investors, homeowners, etc. to implement some minor money moves that could result in a major savings (short term and long term). Below are 10 key items to consider: #1: Think about increasing your monthly workplace retirement plan contributions or maxing out your IRA(s) … Continue reading 2018 Planning #3: Savings Ideas
And based on recent trends this upward progression may continue. Set all federal policy aside for the moment and accept the fact we’re in a good economic environment. For the first time in nearly a decade we’re about to see 30-year FRM’s approaching the 5%+ range. If you’re one of those optimists attempting to “hold … Continue reading Rates are Rising…
Continuing my theme of financial planning recommendations, this week we’ll examine one of the new tax provisions specific to business entertainment. I will also break down the debate between choosing a fixed-rate mortgage versus an adjustable-rate mortgage. Business Entertainment Deductions- As I have mentioned in the past, the recent tax reform is nothing simple. … Continue reading 2018 Planning #2: Business Entertainment Deductions, FRM vs ARM
Live below your means- How much do you save per month? Generations ago, Americans routinely saved 10% or more of what they made, either depositing those savings or investing them. This kind of thriftiness is still found elsewhere in the world. Today, the average euro area household saves more than 12% of its earnings, … Continue reading 2018 Planning #1: Saving, Investing, and Home Equity
Today, America gets a raise. Or should get a raise- at least that was the intent. Regardless of your political position, it is nice to see our administration actually agree and accomplish something. This tax reform is complicated. To say it simplified our tax code would be an understatement. Below is a list of … Continue reading Tax Reform Tidbits
Last month I was honored to assist MTSU with their “First Impressions” event. Local professionals were invited to help coach and interview young students in an effort to sharpen their “first impression” skills. The results of the event – was I surprised or not surprised? First of all, only half of the registered students attended. … Continue reading First Impressions