Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said it is launching a $500 million small-business assistance program that includes an advisory panel with billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The Wall Street firm made no connection in Tuesday's announcement between the largest single charitable contribution in the firm's history and public anger over its compensation. Goldman has earmarked $16.71 billion for compensation so far this year and repaid in June the $10 billion capital infusion it got from the U.S. government in 2008.Read More →
Past few days I have been undecided on buying an iPod Touch, the reason for my non decisiveness is speculating on when will Apple comes out with an iPod Touch 4G. One of my friend told me 4G will accompany with Camera, which the former version lacks. I knew his answer was based on broader speculation and comparing it with its cousin iPhone, which has camera. I agree with his explanation and superficial analysis but I suspect more is offering in iPhone/iPod Touch 4G!
To keep on the edge of the portable media player market, I feel Steve Job will definitely keep up with his reputation and come out with something revolutionary . I believe he can't ignore the fact that, Wi-Max has started to leave a foot print into the major US cities. Since technology and markets are moving towards the media convergence and 4G technology, if he misses this opportunity then its his loss, as Google won't as they have already invested millions into development of Wi-Max technology. (and so did Intel)
Even if they Price their(Wi-Max) service at $30 (the same price ATT charge for its Data service for iPhone), I believe people will jump into this new technology, because of its SPEED, RELIABILITY and FLEXIBILITY. Oh yeah you can say goodbye to your home broadband service if you have Wi-Max service. (no wonder Cable/Telecom companies are pushing for Media Convergence these days). Not to forget Comcast has also invested millions into Clearwire's Wi-Max technology.
for an Example:
2. device like iPod Touch can reduce (eliminate) the Cell Phone or iPhone's recurring monthly cost. ($40+$30 Voice +Data)
3. Eliminate the necessity for the new home broadband cable connection, since you have portable Wi-Max you are connected all the time. (~ saving of $40)
Bottom Line: Research into Clearwire company (Wi-Max provider, where Sprint has 51% Equity), please do Answer yourself on, why do companies like Google, Intel and Comcast have invested Billion Dollar into it? If you feel it has future growth potential, then why not BUYing its STOCK before WALL-STREET(crowd)notices it, so you can maximize your capital growth. (PLEASE INVEST RESPONSIBLY, don't blame me for your loss though :P)
to verify my claims (facts) on the companies, please feel free to Google search on the topics.
In the world of Investment, you are bound to face two devils, Inflation and Tax!! You can run but you can't hide from these two. If you are careful, the ammunition you carry can minimize the intensity of these two but you can't eliminate them completely. In this blog I'll talk about TAX and in next I'll be dealing with Inflation.
Government likes to tax you all the time, When you Earn money, they TAX you, when you want to SPEND it, they'll TAX you and when you INVEST they TAX . There is no way you can escape them(and still they have budget deficit(wonder why? ;-)), but Like I said earlier you can minimize the damage though.
1. Holding your investment for more than 1 year : If you retain your investment for more than 1 year, you fall in different Tax bracket (Max 15%), else you are taxed at ordinary rate (Max 35%). Hence it makes sense to hold on to your Investment, even though it jumped more than 20% in less than a year. [also don't forget to DEDUCT 3% from your GAIN due to Inflation (yeah.. yeah ..another Devil)].
2.Investing in Municipal/Treasury Bonds: In case of Municipal Bonds(Munis) you are exempt from State(if you stay in the same state) as well as Federal taxes, and in case of Treasury bonds you are exempt from Federal tax. For an example if you are getting around 5% in these bonds which is equivalent to 7% (approx.) on other taxable investment. [divide the gain in municipal by (1-%your tax bracket)] (with 7% you can double your investment in ~10 years than with 5% in ~14 years).
3. 401(K) and IRA(ROTH/Traditional): I am spending less time on these investment tools, as I assume the reader knows that, investment on these funds grows TAX FREE, and the investment comes from PRE-TAX amount(also it is Tax deductible). [please consult with your accountant to know how much you can save by investing :-)]
Please share if you know more Tax saving Tips!
Today I came across this Personal Finance book, it is about, everything one needs to know in personal finance but just in ONE PAGE. Apparently that is the name of the book too, and he does explains everything in just ONE PAGE!! Well the "Gist" is in "one page" but its 49 page book :-)
Best part is it is free to download, hence I have taken a liberty to upload it and share it with you. I hope you'll enjoy this book, if you like it you can say thank you to the Author Trent Hamm (he has his blog too The Simple Dollar)
Consider all the FISHES in the LAKE as BUSINESS FIRMS! and LAKE as ECONOMY in itself. If you have CLEAN LAKE, more fishes will flourish! In the similar manner, if the economy is good, Business firms produces more goods, more jobs and more growth (GDP increases, Less Unemployment and Inflation Increase). If the LAKE is dirty and toxic, fishes will perish, like business perish in bad economy time (GDP decrease, Unemployment increases and Inflation Decreases)! . If you consider more LAKES then it will be a GLOBAL ECONOMY.
In normal notion its been said that INFLATION is EVIL (as it reduces the value of your money). But this is a needed DEVIL, when there is growth there has to be an inflation. Something similar as part of the same coin. The challenge any government (FED in US) faces is to keep both in balance.( Inflation and Unemployment LOW and Growth HIGH)
Fiscal and Monetary are two policy that government/Fed uses to tweak our economy to keep Inflation and Unemployment under check.
Fiscal Policy= a. act of increasing/decreasing tax b. Government spending(Stimulus package).
Monetary Policy= Fed controls the supply of money in the economy . [Fed are independent, they are not answerable to government of their action]
EXAMPLE: with movement of iPhone (cause mostly everybody loves iPhone).
Step 1: You have to work in BUSINESS FIRM to earn INCOME .
Step 2: You go-to market and buy iPhone for $599 (money goes to) Business Firm(Apple).
Step 3: You go-to BANK and SAVE the the rest . [You can take loan too]
Step 4: You pay your taxes to the Government. [Business firms too]
Step 5: Government gives you back TAX return (remember fiscal policy ??)
Step 6: Bank invests the money you deposit in the Business firms.
Step 7: Government uses services from Business firms (eg. to build a satellite/road/Airforce One)
Step 8: "Government Deficit: Government Spending is more than TAX collected, so to balance the difference it needs to take loan, so how they do it?US treasury issues T-Bills, bonds and securities in exchange of MONEY(and pays back with Interests).
If you are curious S+T≡G+I+NX is the "Magic Equation", to explain this is beyond my scope (at least in this blog, may be in later blog i'll try to explain)
≡ means True by definition.
S= Savings (Private)
G= Government Spending
I= Domestic Investment
NX= Net Import/Export
T-G= Negative (Deficit)/ T-G= Positive (Surplus)
In next blog i'll explain......Financial Meltdown of 2008 and what will happen if:
a. Government increase or decreases TAX.
b. Government increases or decreases Spending.