American lawmakers have passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a program that will offer small business loans to employers in need of aid as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill is a $484 billion dollar package, of which $310 billion is earmarked for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).1,2
For my friends who run a small business, this is welcome news. In the wake of the pandemic, millions of small business owners have been forced to make gut-wrenching decisions regarding their operations. The PPP funds will serve to keep some smaller businesses operational and their workers paid during this uncertain time.
While there has been some criticism of the program, including reports that some funds were taken by companies that didn’t qualify as small businesses, employers can take some comfort in the knowledge that the program seems to be continuing, even as the country finds its way through this crisis.
If you’re a small business owner, you may be wondering how to take advantage of the PPP. If you previously applied to the program without success, I would encourage you to apply again. It’s possible that some of the issues that prevented money from getting to small businesses may be resolved in this latest round of funding.
Remember, if there’s anything I can do to help guide you through the process, or through this uncertain time, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Recently, you may have seen reports that a record-low number of homes are available for sale—roughly 1.03 million nationwide. If you compare that to the average number of homes for sale during the past 10 years, it’s no surprise that many hopeful homebuyers are having issues securing a home. But why exactly is the housing … Continue reading “Forces Driving the Housing Market”
It can be exhausting trying to keep up with the whims of Wall Street. Lately, the financial markets have been fixated on federal taxes and what may be proposed on Capitol Hill in the weeks and months ahead. Wall Street’s focus on taxes closely follows its attention on the 10-year Treasury yield. And it wasn’t … Continue reading “The Whims of Wall Street”
President Joe Biden introduced the much-anticipated American Jobs Plan, which outlines an approach to spend roughly $2.2 trillion on the nation’s infrastructure and other projects. As part of the legislative process, the Biden administration also laid out a proposal for paying for the domestic investment. The plan includes raising the corporate tax rate to 28% … Continue reading “Paying for the Infrastructure Bill”
Financially, many of us associate the spring with taxes – but we should also associate December with important IRA deadlines. This year, like 2020, will see a few changes and distinctions. December 31, 2021, is the deadline to take your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from certain individual retirement accounts.
There’s an old Wall Street maxim that says, “markets climb a wall of worry.” And these days, there’s plenty to worry about with the trend in long-term interest rates and bonds.
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