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The Boom in Medicare Managed Care And What It Means To You

Despite the fears of consumer advocates and the predictions of many insurance companies, seniors are flocking to Medicare Advantage managed care plans. It shouldn’t be a surprise since premiums for these policies are a fraction of the cost of traditional fee-for-service Medicare.<p>This shift may be …

The Upside of ERM

Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, when risk managers on Wall Street watched helplessly as their businesses melted down, increasing attention …

The Power of a Daily Bout of Exercise

This week marks the start of the annual eat-too-much and move-too-little holiday season, with its attendant declining health and surging regrets. But …

IRS Issues Final Net Investment Income Tax Regulations: A First Look And More

Earlier today, the IRS released long-awaited final regulations under Section 1411. These regulations govern the new 3.8% tax on net investment income for certain high income taxpayers that took effect on January 1, 2013.<p>First, I’d like to issue a heartfelt thank you to the IRS for issuing these …

Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares

Crowdfunding is popular among musicians, filmmakers and artists looking for a way to finance their next project.<p>Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is considering rules that, for the first time, would allow small companies to solicit investments over the Internet and sell shares to the …

Risky Investment Vehicle With High Yields Gains Prominence

Congress and investors seem to love investment firms known as business development companies. The appeal is that this kind of vehicle may be the new …