Viewpoints

In good shape| with Goode
Well, its that time again. Another article to help you stay on track with your health. I hope it was not a New Year’s resolution, because if so, it most likely has ended...
Matt’s money: When a saver marries a spender, every penny counts
If you’re a penny pincher but your spouse is loose with the family purse strings, money arguments may frequently erupt. Thinking of yourselves as two sides of the same coin...
Taxing thoughts: 2019 social Security changes announced
The Social Security Administration announced a 2.8 percent boost to monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for...

High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are trying to figure out what to do with themselves as they enter that weird part of the year that comes about now when there really isn’t...
From the Desk  of Travis Clardy
The Texas Legislature convenes in Austin every two years, and I was excited to begin the 86th Legislative Session on Tuesday, Jan. 8. I am ready to work with my colleagues...
Notes| from the Fox Den
Hello and welcome to this issue of the Fox Den. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are already half way through the first month of 2019. I remember...
Matt's Money: Inflamation and your money
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tell us that CPI (Consumer Price Index) is currently at an annualized rate of 2.25 percent as of October 2018. So why do your bills...
Mrs. Bessie Parker and Chris Davis High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have been wandering around in the dark since the week before Christmas without their six bits worth of news, but the...

Taxing Thoughts: Tips to Fund your Retirement Account
For the first time in six years, limits for IRAs are rising. 401(k) accounts and IRAs will see an increase of $500 in contribution maximums for...

Nichols’ 5 Cents
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and good food, as I know mine were. Here are five things happening around your state this month: 1. 86th...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real continue to make preparations for Christmas as the day rapidly approaches. Every package is wrapped with care and bows carefully placed on each...
Taxing thoughts: Surprise! The mutual fund trap
Too often taxpayers receive tax surprises at year-end due to actions taken by mutual funds they own. What can add insult to injury is the unsuspecting taxpayer who recently...
Where| in the world
In November and December, nearly every city in Europe has a Christmas Market set in the town center. It’s really a magical scene with a red and white striped tented booths...
Taxing Thoughs: 5 reasons why the IRS will audit you
Each year, the IRS audits over 1 million tax returns. With agency resources shrinking, the IRS is more selective when choosing tax returns to audit. Knowing what the IRS is...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have woken up and realized that we are less than two weeks away from Christmas. If you are one of the many people who have been putting it off,...