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Monday, October 18, 2021

The news keeps getting better for Social Security recipients.It's now projected that benefits will increase 6.1% in 2022, up from the 4.7% forecast just two months ago. That would be the most significant increase since 1983.1...

Friday, May 28, 2021

The first family car I remember was our 1957 Ford station wagon. The most important feature of that car to me was the rear most seat faced backwards. On our regular summer excursions to visit an aunt and uncle who lived in Western Iowa...

Monday, March 8, 2021

Statehood Day Nebraska’s state birthday was March 1st. It reminded me of visiting a museum in Wyoming and reading about how they became a state. We think we just had a rough stretch of winter but living in Wyoming in the 1860s...

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Taxpayers should plan on spending at least 13 hours this year preparing their return, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Business owners should set aside roughly 24 hours to complete their tax return. Those 13 hours include...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Because of the Pandemic, 2020 was a year that many would like to forget. So here are some days to look forward to: February 2nd – Groundhog Day: Just a fun day recognized by a popular movie of the same day. Something...

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Boss’ Day 2020 Joel is great about providing lunch to celebrate birthdays and other special days in the office for our team. Boss's Day was on a Friday recently and things usually slow down by the end of the week, so for...

Monday, October 5, 2020

529 Plans Here are a few things of interest about 529 plans. They are investments that have tax free compounding. Qualified withdrawals include costs for vocational and trade schools, college, graduate school, and even K-12 tuition up...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Stocks traveled a volatile path last week as investors appeared concerned about the upcoming elections, an uncertain economy, and more delays with additional fiscal stimulus.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.66%, while the...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A UTMA is an account formed under the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act. It can be opened as soon as a child is issued a social security number. The child is the owner of the account with an adult (usually a parent or grandparent) serving...

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Income taxes are at a historically low rate. With our national debt it seems inevitable that income tax rates will go up in the future. With the lifetime stretch-outs of inherited IRAs now limited to 10 years for non-spouse...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

I was reading a book recently and the author lamented the negative impact of television on our society. He said it soaks up time that could be better spent in more constructive endeavors and harms family values. The book was written in...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Covid-19 has already made this a year unlike any other. While restrictions are gradually being lifted after an unprecedented global economic shutdown, for many people it will take a long time to get back to normal. A major unknown...

Thursday, April 9, 2020

We hope you are staying healthy. Joel, Katherine and Jenn all have young children and they have been working from home the last three plus weeks. Lynn and I are maintaining a presence in the office, although in line with health...

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Worry has gripped the stock market recently with the outbreak of the Coronavirus. It has long been said the two drivers of the stock market are fear and greed. It is obvious which one has a grip on the steering wheel right now. The...

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Most of us do not like to wait in lines, but there are always exceptions of course. I know someone who when he waits in a line can find out the life history of the person next to him by the time he gets to the front. When I was in...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

In the late ‘70s I helped my dad restore a 1929 Whippet. We had previously worked on several Chevys, but this was the first ‘orphan’ car we worked on, meaning the name brand had long ceased production which made parts...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Like many farmers my dad was a barnyard mechanic. In the mid 1950’s a friend got him started in the antique car hobby. Myself and two of my brothers still dabble in that area. I was reading a car magazine recently, and an...

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Secure Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) passed the House of Representatives in May 2019 by a vote of 417 to 3. Remarkable in this time of partisan politics that a bill could pass by such a margin -...

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Do you enjoy driving around to see all the residential Christmas lights and decorations during this holiday season? Many stores and businesses also have bright and colorful displays. One common theme is candles. Most of course are...