Friday, January 11, 2013

Don’t Get Too Excited About Apple’s iTV

For the past few months, rumors about the pending release of Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iTV have spread like wildfire. It’s been predicted that the iTV will be unveiled toward the end of this year and could serve to further solidify Apple’s stronghold on the digital media industry.

However, projected sales figures and estimated profits are unlikely to be as high or as impressive as analysts have reported.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Expect Higher Prices at the Grocery Store

After yesterday’s announcement by the Agriculture Department that 14 states in the southern U.S. have been declared a disaster area due to extended drought conditions, consumers should expect higher prices at the grocery store. The affected area, which includes 351 counties in the Wheat Belt, is responsible for providing more than 1/3 of the wheat crop in the United States. Industry experts predict at least 1/4 of the wheat crop will be useless and abandoned.

The drought, perhaps the worst on record in over 50 years, has led to sky high crop insurance claims already approaching $11 billion, with the final total expected to reach near $25 billion.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

How to Calculate the Taxes Paid on a Complete Early Withdrawal on an Annuity

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Figuring out how much extra you'll owe in taxes after closing your annuity is about as much fun as cleaning out your basement. But to prevent any surprises or problems with Uncle Sam, you should familiarize yourself with the basics of how annuities are taxed and what you can expect when cancelling a contract.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Annuities Vs. Mutual Funds for Retirement Investments

Annuities and mutual funds are common investment choices for retirement money, and many consumers view them as nearly identical. But the two are extremely different. Neither annuities nor mutual funds is appropriate for every investor, and careful consideration must be taken before contributing retirement money to one of these types of accounts.