Laid off? No job in sight? Joshua Piven to the rescue

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 7:30 AM | 1 Comment

Times are extremely tough. Every month, folks are laid off in the hundreds of thousands. Losing job is extremely difficult, especially when it’s increasingly getting harder and harder to get another job. I just finished a book by Joshua Piven. The name of the book is “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (Paperback)“. Joshua Piven has […]



The IRS is coming after the filthy rich

Friday, October 30, 2009, 6:17 AM | Leave Comment

Direct from the horse’s mouth. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said on Monday “A new Internal Revenue Service enforcement unit targeting the very wealthy will help the tax agency decode partnerships, offshore trusts and other complex techniques used to hide income.” If you think you are filthy rich, watch out. The IRS is coming to your […]



Protect yourself from Phishing, Vishing, Smishing and Lottery Scams

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 9:12 AM | Leave Comment

I will define and explain Phishing, Vishing, Smishing and Lottery Scams one by one. The schmucks are everywhere. You think you have a Personal Computer and you are at the top of the world in terms of the technology – hardware and software. But the crooks are way ahead of you and me. Any technology […]



Use ATM to deposit your check

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 6:34 AM | 1 Comment

My son is going to college but he recently got a part-time job at an investment and financial company local to where we live. Monday he started his 4th week. Payroll was late in paying him his first check so at the end of his 3rd week, he got two checks. On Saturday, I gave […]



Tips and resources for investing over the long term

Monday, October 26, 2009, 5:29 AM | Leave Comment

In these hard times, if you want to invest your hard-earned money, you better start educating yourself about the subject. You must be willing to put in some reading and understanding time, so that you are ready to invest perhaps in stocks, bonds, real estate. You must understand the market and how to put together […]



Smile, don’t bark, in tough times – Harvard Business Review

Saturday, October 24, 2009, 2:06 PM | 5 Comments

I read an article online on Harvard Business Review website under the heading “Smile, Don’t Bark, in Tough Times.” It talks about how to behave with and treat your employees in tough times as we are all going through them now. Whether on the individual and family level or the institutional level, the crust of […]



Tips to maximize your high-mileage vehicle

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 9:20 AM | Leave Comment

Those days are gone when one more mile on 99,999 would bring the odometer back to zero. Remember the “nigh” in conversation as late as the 1980s. Today, odometers roll off the miles well into six figures and casual use of “nigh” is no more. We just take it for granted that any vehicle we […]



IRS touts its amnesty, trains sights on evaders

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 5:07 AM | Leave Comment

This report is published on nytimes.com. Excerpts The Internal Revenue Service said more than 7,500 U.S. taxpayers with undeclared offshore accounts had stepped forward under its limited amnesty program, and the agency announced a new push to stop tax evaders from moving funds between foreign countries. The accounts ranged in size from just above $10,000 […]



Spokane WA Means Children Of The Scam

Monday, October 12, 2009, 2:08 PM | 2 Comments

The name Spokane (pronounced spo-can), Washington State’s second-largest city, means children of the sun in a Native American dialect. William P. Barrett, over at Forbes Magazine, says “children of the scam” seems equally fitting. He must have done his research to claim something like that. He gives a few examples why he thinks rugged individualism […]



7 Qualities You Must Have to Become a Successful Consultant

Sunday, October 11, 2009, 5:59 AM | 1 Comment

Becoming a consultant is easy. Becoming a successful consultant is not that easy. It needs hard work, dedication and consistency. Initially, it needs a lot of planning. A good business plan can do the trick. But the most important question you can ask yourself is “Do you have what it takes to be a successful […]