Tag Archives: Taxes

Another Top-10 List — America’s Best Big Cities in Which to Live

Big cities are becoming bigger in the U.S. at a quicker pace as they hit a 21st Century growth spurt.  Not surprising, given the vast array of opportunities, entertainment, activities, economic growth, economies of scale and infrastructure possible with larger populations.   At the same time, however, larger cities bring with them some negatives including higher …Read more

Residential Buy Versus Rent by State

One of the largest decisions anyone makes is whether to purchase or rent a home.  The answer is not always straight forward.   Many factors are required to reach a financial solution:  home price, rent, income tax rate, interest rate, property tax, duration of rent or ownership, other tax deductions that can be itemized, insurance, homeowner …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Cities for Holiday Shopping

‘Tis the season for shopping. Last holiday season saw consumers spend an estimated $952.58 each for holiday shopping for gifts for others, self-spending, food, flowers, decorations and greeting cards for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa according to the National Retail Federation. After increasing 3.2 percent in 2015, the Federation is forecasting a 3.6 percent increase in …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best States Tax Environments

Taxes or lack thereof can be a repellent or a magnate to businesses relocating or expanding across the country. As an economist, for example, I would have an issue residing where there was a state income tax. Taxes are not the only reason why firms stay, move or expand elsewhere. There are a plethora of …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Large Cities for Retirees

This past Sunday I was visiting with a friend prior to Church discussing the warm weather that Houston was having. Both of us in stereo commented that we like the heat much better than cold. My friend lamented that his wife is insisting that, upon retirement, they relocate back to Pennsylvania to be nearer family …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Worst States for Retirement

Where people retire will have economic implications on their incomes and ultimately lifestyle. Granted, family, friends and weather are also important issues. Household finances, however, will impact the economic comforts of retirees. Kiplinger has evaluated and ranked the 15 worst states in which to retire from a financial perspective. Factors included: Average Health Care Costs …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Most Friendly Tax States in the U.S. Round 2

A previous blog presented the Tax Foundation’s 2016 ranking of the Best Places To Do Business based a mix of five taxes. As previously stated, “Ratings and indices, depending on assumptions, variables and weightings, will yield differing results.” You can read the Round 1 Blog on this topic at http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/category/jones-on-real-estate/ A second look at the Most …Read more