Investing

The Road to Recovery

My wife slammed the door and said: “You need to go and see someone.” It was almost three months to the day after our house burned when things started to fall apart. See, the world had moved on, but we hadn’t.   And I found the black landscape that surrounded me, crept up on me and […]

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Employment: February Diffusion Indexes

I haven’t posted this in a few months. The BLS diffusion index for total private employment was at 58.7 in February, up from 57.0 in January. For manufacturing, the diffusion index was at 54.6, up from 47.4 in January. Think of this as a measure of how widespread job gains are across industries. The further […]

Estate Planning

Preparing for Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is spreading in the United States and across the globe. Learn what steps you can take to prepare yourself and help prevent its spread. Read on to learn more. The post Preparing for Coronavirus appeared first on Frank & Kraft, Attorneys at Law.

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On COVID-19 Seasonality

The Flu is seasonal. There are research papers on why this happens, and it is very possible that COVID-19 will be seasonal too. Here is an optimistic paper that suggests seasonality: Temperature and Latitude Analysis to Predict Potential Spread and Seasonality for COVID-19 A significant number of infectious diseases display seasonal patterns in their incidence, […]

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Wanted: policy action

Fears about the coronavirus and its hit to the economy have rattled stocks and sent government bond yields to record lows. Even a surprise 0.5% interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve did little to calm the jitters. The material uncertainties related to the outbreak is giving public health officials a strong incentive to act […]

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Small Business Optimism Increased Slightly in February

Most of this survey is noise, but there is some information, especially on the labor market and the “Single Most Important Problem”. From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): February 2020 Report Small business owners expressed slightly higher levels of optimism in February with the NFIB Optimism Index moving up 0.2 points to 104.5 […]

Real Estate

Equity Gain Growing in Nearly Every State

Rising home prices have been in the news a lot lately, and much of the focus is on whether they’re accelerating too quickly and how sustainable the growth in prices really is. One of the often-overlooked benefits of rising prices, however, is the impact they have on a homeowner’s equity position. Home equity is defined […]

Real Estate

14 Tax Deductions for Homeowners

There are plenty of perks that come with owning a home, such as the potential to build equity and being able to make the place your own. However, one major advantage of homeownership is it can offer a range of significant tax benefits. Up to certain limits, you’re able to receive tax deductions for mortgage […]