07 Mar
March 07, 2014

Marriage often involves the well-known phrases “For better or worse” and “In sickness and in health.”  Should these apply to only matters of the heart, mind, and body?   What if one spouse has substantial debt?  This question may not need to be answered on the honeymoon; however, it does need to be addressed with high priority since financial issues can greatly impact the relative happiness of your union. Consider:

67% of all college graduates have debt as the result of college

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27 Aug
August 27, 2012

After the Supreme Court ruling upholding the recent Health Care act, everybody is required to buy health insurance. Or are they?

People who earn less than $9,500 are exempt from the requirement; above those income levels, you would have to pay a tax that depends on your income level. There is a phase-in of rates from 2014 through 2016, but just looking at the 2016 rates, any person with taxable income between $9,500 and $37,000 would have to pay $695

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15 May
May 15, 2012

All plans, no matter what issue is being addressed, start with a single decision. It is the decision that the topic at hand is important enough to dictate attention and explore options.

According to the Center for Rural Affairs:

Half of all current farmers are likely to retire in the next decade.
US farmers over the age of 55 control more than half of the country’s farmland.

In farming, which may be best described as a “seasonal job,” all tasks are typically part of

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14 Feb
February 14, 2012

As baby boomers have started retiring in large numbers, there has been increased attention across all segments of society on issues surrounding retirement and succession planning. Lawmakers have responded to this increased focus on retirement planning by putting more time and effort into policies that surround this topic. Tax initiatives from the past several years have added incentives for individuals to save for retirement.

There are approximately 1.6 million family farms in the United States. For farm families, retirement, estate, and,

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17 Aug
August 17, 2011

Until recently, the U.S. government’s debt ceiling didn’t get a lot of publicity; it has been raised without fanfare 70 times in the last 50 years. Now that it’s front page news, some analysts are wondering why we have such a thing in the first place. An article in the August 1 issue of The New Yorker notes that there is no provision for a debt limit in the U.S. Constitution, and among democratic nations, only the

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