I started and IT Services company a few years back and, although it is growing steadily, I'm hitting a wall: cash shortage. Here's where I was a couple of months ago. [more inside]
I have some help coming my way towards down payment. Let's say... for simplicity sake ...that I am receiving $100k as gift towards down. I know the gift amount won't count as "cost" when calculating capital gain at time of sale in the future. But if I receive the "gift" in chunks of $14k from various individuals under the annual gift exclusion clause, could any of those chunked amounts be included in my cost to reduce my capital gain? Thanks. I hope this is a simple yes/no question. [more inside]
I am in my mid-thirties, but people often think I'm about 22. I could probably pass for 17 in the right outfit. Young face. On top of that, I am slightly built and female. Not short, but delicate. People call me honey and baby and ask me where I go to college. I want to look like a badass who can win venture capital funding. I want to look as powerful and effective as I really am. [more inside]
I'm lucky enough to have some spare capital and some time. What are some purchases that I can buy and safely sell without too much risk? [more inside]
We have developed a prototype for non-invasive blood glucose measurement and have problems finding funding. What are the alternatives? [more inside]
Husband and I have $130k saved up. No mortgage, no pension to speak of. Just been called into the bank for talk about long term plans and am freaking out about what to do. Advice? Do I need to see a financial advisor or are they not a good idea? [more inside]
I've saved up about $80,000 over the past few years, with no debts, loans, or mortgages. It's always been my dream to travel the world, and I've been planning to take my money and run off for the next few years, hopefully figuring out how to run an independent software business in the process. However, I don't know much about investing, and for all I know there might be a better use of my savings right around the corner. (Two questions about investing inside.) [more inside]
Tell me about companies that encouraged or directed employees to form a guild or union from the beginning. What did they do, why did they do it, how was it received and how did it work out? [more inside]
I'm in a band, and we're being courted by a fairly senior guy in the music industry. He's suggesting that rather than signing ourselves away to a major, we fund the first 18 months (so album recording, tour, publicity etc) we get funding from venture capitalists. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have any links for further reading on this? The music industry can be an unforgiving environment, and I want to know as much as possible independently to our potential manager...
Does the 2010 version of TurboTax Premier really remove an important useful function useful in previous versions?
In past versions of TurboTax Premier, there was an option to use an external file (not a data feed directly from a third party) to import all stock transactions. Where is that in TurboTax Premier 2010 ? [more inside]
Can you recommend a tax person in Seattle? [more inside]
Technically, can you use "[nationality] capital" to refer to a state capital that is not the actual national capital? [more inside]
I have an estate tax statement showing a loss from the estate of my grandmother in another state. How do I find a professional who can tell me how to file this where I live to the best April 15th benefit? [more inside]
I need an SBA loan yesterday. My business is in startup mode, I'm already fielding new orders, but I need startup capital to get this thing off the ground. [more inside]
I recently started a job that I don't know much about. It's a commission only job for a company that does private placements for small public companies. All I have to do is qualify the leads, which comes down to two parts: do they have enough trading volume and does the company need money. My question is, how do I ask if they need money? [more inside]
I am looking to self fund starting a business, but I need to seek a small amount of additional capital. Ideally, I would like to do this through friends and family, through a more formalized agreement. So how can I "sell them" a piece of my business without selling them stock? [more inside]
30-year investment portfolio which has to start before the end of the year and wants to be left alone afterwards?
If you had a very strong incentive to invest money before the end of the year with a 30-year outlook, and a further strong incentive to not adjust your investment strategy over that timeframe unless absolutely necessary, what kind of portfolio would you assemble? [more inside]
How do I make a macro for Microsoft Word to capitalize lines in an interview? [more inside]
I would like to know the best way to turn actual US dollars into foreign currencies... [more inside]
I am taking a look at two Marx texts, Capital (V: I) and his Eighteenth Brumaire of Napoleon, which are the best translations? I know there are a few problematic translations with the latter.
What date acquired and cost basis should I put for two items reported on a 1099-B, when there are several unknowns? [more inside]
Without sounding conspiratorial... I'm wondering how much arm twisting it took by political/economic elites to get the Fed to adopt its current Liquidity Plan. Will Carlyle Capital directly benefit from it? A couple of days ago I read this story about their recent notice of default on a margin call. [more inside]
What are the social benefits of public libraries (and literacy)? [more inside]
I have an idea for a tech heavy business that I know is guaranteed to completely put blockbuster/netflix/any other dvd rental place you can think of. But I have no clue how to start a business. so where do I begin? [more inside]
I need to make a day trip to Sacramento from San Francisco. I don't own a car. What's the best way to get there & back? [more inside]
A colleague and I want to raise money for a project our company currently can't take on. How to get this ball rolling? [more inside]
Is the state capitol spelled "capitol" or "capital"? [more inside]
capital gains question about stocks that are spun off or purchased [more inside]
A few year ago I had to pay AMT on some ISO stock. Since I've sold it for far less than the amount of AMT tax that I paid in, I've got a large AMT tax credit hanging out there. Are there any strategies that anyone can suggest to get some of this money back? [more inside]
Besides stripping, or selling everything one owns, what's a good way to make a lot of money quickly- without any capital? [more inside]