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The BlogNotions Finance Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by finance and accounting thought leaders. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the latest trends in the market, discussions of financial performance strategy, new ideas for communicating, raising capital, and controlling funds, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

For Your Consideration Sec. Lews

I didn’t watch the GOP debate the other night. But I have checked a lot of news and opinion sources about what was, and wasn’t, said. I really thought the candidates would do better with the question about what woman should be on the re-designed $10 bill. For shame! I have a list of my […]

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Six Week Warning!

I just filed my tax return. As usual, it was on extension. It took me longer to get it done this year than usual. I fell behind on record keeping when I was sick last year and it was easier to procrastinate since there was more work to do.  If your 2014 tax return has […]

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Kansas Tax Amnesty 2015

The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) has a new tax amnesty program. That means if you owe back Kansas taxes you can avoid paying the interest and penalties on the tax. The catch? You have to pay off the full tax by October 15, 2015. Between September 1 and October 15, 2015, taxpayers who owe […]

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Back to School

It’s back to school time and time to talk taxes. (Actually, I’m a little late since most schools around me started last weeks but hopefully you still have all the paperwork.) Specifically, I want to talk about records and receipts for your back-to-school expenses. Nope I’m not talking about that cute dress or awesome backpack […]

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2nd National my Social Security Week

From July 19 – 25, Social Security will celebrate its second National my Social Security Week. Activities across the country will include email blasts, news articles, social media posts, posters and banners, registration events, and more! Why all the activity? Because a personal my Social Security account is the most convenient way for people to […]

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National my Social Security Week 2015

July 19ththrough 25thmarks the celebration of the second National my Social Security Week.  Please take this opportunity to spread the word to friends and family, about the benefits of signing up for a my Social Security account at  www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. That account will provide you with several powerful tools to ensure that you maximize your benefits from Social Security.  […]

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LJPR Summer Commentary

Summer Commentary Markets:  Global markets continued to send a mixed message through May and into June with signs of weaker global growth, combined with strong manufacturing numbers, modest acceleration in wage growth and good job numbers.  The major points from our Outlook at the beginning of the year are still on target. Given the dollar/euro […]

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SCOTUS Affirms ACA Subsidies

We knew that the decision would be released before the Supreme Court went on vacation and it was. Today (6/25/15) the SCOTUS affirmed the 4th Court decision in the case of King v. Burwell. The vote was 6-3 with Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas in the minority. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority decision. King […]

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Deconstructing the S&P 500

Deconstructing the S&P 500: How 36 Stocks Gave You 55% of the S&P’s Return in 2014 Like a lot of investors, I watched the S&P 500 Index do very well in 2014, especially compared to holdings in small caps, international, and emerging markets. We own the S&P 500 index as a holding and I’m happy […]

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Why We Don’t Chase Returns

This year, 2014, has been interesting so far. One major asset class, large US equities, is doing very well, compared to most other asset classes.  That’s great if you own large US equities (and we certainly do!). Having other asset classes, like small cap stocks and emerging markets, can make it trying, since all we […]

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