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Ken Benham, June 08, 2017

A good mutual fund manager can be important to the success of your mutual fund investments which are often are large part of an individual investor’s assets.


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Richard Kraus, April 19, 2017

April has been designated by annual congressional resolutions since April 2004 as “Financial Literacy Month” to “raise pub


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Tamara Holub, March 17, 2017

Bitcoin is both a currency (monetary system) and a software program. Introduced in 2009 as open-source software, Bitcoin is the first decentralized digital currency. It is decentralized in the sense that is has no regulatory authority such as a central bank.


Tamara Holub, August 05, 2016

On June 23, 2016, citizens in the UK and Gibraltar voted on the Brexit referendum to determine whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union (EU).  The Leave camp won by almost 52% which immediately sent shockwaves throughout the UK and the world.


Ken Benham, April 11, 2016

We can celebrate the end of the 2015 Tax Year with three extra days to file, April 18th this year due to the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia.


Richard Kraus, March 18, 2016

With March being Women’s Heritage Month honoring women for their historical and contemporary contributions it is worth noting that some of the most prominent and popular columnists, bloggers, TV & radio hosts and guests, and authors on the subject of personal finance are women.


Richard Kraus, March 15, 2016

The federal government first offered the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 1975 and has expanded the program over the years.  California is introducing a new additional California Earned Income Tax Credit this year.  The credit provides money even when taxes are not owed.


Ken Benham, October 06, 2015

Investing should be simple and efficient, if it is to be successful. This is the opinion of investors like Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway 2015 Newsletter) and John Bogle (Vanguard Group - low cost index funds).


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Richard Kraus, April 03, 2015

The minimum wage, first introduced nationally in the United States through the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, has been an issue of concern and controversy ever since.  In the past few years it has been very much in the news and debated by politicians and


Richard Kraus, March 13, 2015

A very common type of question in the Los Angeles Public Library is finding information to help people make decisions as consumers of products and services.  These questions can range from buying a vacuum cleaner or automobile, to selecting the best school o


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