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When Your Child Asks for a Loan, Should You Say Yes?

Perhaps you have plenty of money to lend, and you're not earning much on it right now, so when your child asks for a loan, you think, "Why not?" But even if it seems to be the right thing to do, look closely at potential consequences before saying yes.

You raised them, helped get them through school, and now your children are on their own. Or are they? Even adult children sometimes need financial help. But if your child asks you for a loan, don't pull out your checkbook until you've examined the financial and emotional costs. Start the process by considering a few key questions.

Why does your child need the money?

Retirement Withdrawal Rates

During your working years, you've probably set aside funds in retirement accounts such as IRAs, 401(k)s, and other workplace savings plans, as well as in taxable accounts. Your challenge during retirement is to convert those savings into an ongoing income stream that will provide adequate income throughout your retirement years.

Your retirement lifestyle will depend not only on your assets and investment choices, but also on how quickly you draw down your retirement portfolio. The annual percentage that you take out of your portfolio, whether from returns or the principal itself, is known as your withdrawal rate. Figuring out an appropriate initial withdrawal rate is a key issue in retirement planning and presents many challenges.

Why is your withdrawal rate important?

What is this new chip-card technology I've been hearing about in the news?

In recent years, data breaches at major retailers have increased across the United States. As a way to counteract these data breaches, many U.S. credit-card companies have started implementing a more secure chip-card technology called EMV (which is short for Europay, Mastercard, and Visa).

Currently, most retailers use the magnetic strips on the back of your debit or credit card to access your account information. Unfortunately, the information contained in the magnetic strips is easily accessed by hackers. In addition, the magnetic strips use the same account information for every transaction. So once your card information is stolen, it can be used over and over again.

With the new EMV technology, debit cards and credit cards are embedded with a computer chip that generates a unique authentication code for each transaction. So if your card information is ever hacked, it can't be used again--it's a "one-and-done" scenario.

Major Food Service Company to Distribute Weber’s Products to Restaurants

Major Food Service Company to Distribute Weber’s Products to Restaurants

 

Heintz & Weber Co., Inc. of Buffalo announced this week that the Sysco Foods New York Division in Syracuse has added Weber’s Brand Horseradish Mustard to its lineup and will now supply the legendary mustard to restaurant accounts in New York and Pennsylvania. This marks the first time that a major food service company has taken on Weber's products for widespread distribution. 

Initially, Sysco Foods New York Division has taken on Weber's Horseradish Mustard in the 12-ounce squeeze size. Additional Weber’s products will also be made be available to restaurants upon request. 

Enlisting ‘Dreamers’ into the United States Army

Enlisting ‘Dreamers’ into the United States Army

 

The House of Representatives last week voted to remove a measure from the National Defense Authorization Act that asked the Secretary of Defense to review policies on whether certain undocumented young people, often called “Dreamers,” can join the military if they have work authorization. During the last five months, the Pentagon has enlisted 81 of these “Dreamers,” individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children and qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona inserted the provision into the 2016 defense policy bill with the hope that the Secretary of Defense would consider qualified illegal immigrants as “vital to the national interest.”

Is there a new one-rollover-per-year rule for 2015?

Yes. The Internal Revenue Code says that if you receive a distribution from an IRA, you can't make a tax-free (60-day) rollover into another IRA if you've already completed a tax-free rollover within the previous one-year (12-month) period. The long-standing position of the IRS was that this rule applied separately to each IRA someone owns. In 2014, however, the Tax Court held that regardless of how many IRAs he or she owns, a taxpayer may make only one nontaxable 60-day rollover within each 12-month period.

The IRS announced that it would follow the Tax Court's decision, but that the revised rule would not apply to any rollover involving an IRA distribution that occurred before January 1, 2015. The IRS recently issued further guidance on how the revised one-rollover-per-year limit is to be applied. Most importantly, the IRS has clarified that:

Harter Secrest & Emery Attains Prestigious National Ranking

Harter Secrest & Emery Attains Prestigious National Ranking

Chambers & Partners, the worldwide leader in law firm and attorney rankings, released its Chambers USA 2015 Client Guide and Harter Secrest & Emery was once again recognized with rankings for its Immigration, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, and Litigation practices.

The firm’s Immigration Practice was, for the fourth year, ranked as one of the Leaders in Immigration Law in all of New York State, while the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Litigation practices were recognized for their excellence in Upstate New York. In addition to the practice rankings, John Horn, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Buffalo office, was one several individual attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery to be recognized as outstanding practitioners in their respective areas of practice.