Student Membership in Professional Organizations

With all of the electronic media geared toward networking (e.g., Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), society appears to be moving away from networking via live, personal interaction; however, in your job search and career development, don’t underestimate the value of a good, old-fashioned face-to-face meeting.... read more >

Holiday Etiquette

Many of us will attend a variety of parties and get-togethers this holiday season. Some will be casual and low key; some will be formal and require a little more restraint. Either way, we could all use a brushup on some basic rules of etiquette. Natalie Donovan shares her tips.... read more >

2009 and Beyond: A Challenging Time for Tax Planning

Tax

By Matt McKinnon

Given the unprecedented state of the economy since mid 2008 and the recent administration change in Washington, tax planning will become even more critical, especially this year.... read more >

Status of Estate Tax in 2010

Despite the scheduled January 1, 2010 expiration of the estate tax, it is unlikely Congress will pass an estate tax bill before the end of the year. Under current law, the estate tax is scheduled to temporarily disappear in 2010 and return in 2011 with higher rates unless action is taken by Congress. Melanie LaSota and Laura Fernan provide an update.... read more >

Asset Allocation in a Changing Economic Environment

We here at Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors, LP have long held that the recipe (asset allocation) is as or more important than the ingredients (utilized funds). As any great chef will tell you, a bag of the best ingredients in the world doesn’t ensure a tasty dish without the right recipe that has most likely been developed over time.... read more >

Tax Benefits for New Vehicle Buyers Set to Expire December 31

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contains several tax benefits for the buyers of new vehicles. These benefits expire December 31, 2009 so now is the time to encourage sales. Kathy Petrucci provides details.... read more >

Postcard from the National Oil & Gas Conference

risk strategies, reserve reporting, various technical accounting and tax matters.  The part I found most interesting was the pricing.  The old phrase of supply vs. demand is clearly present. ... read more >

Waxman-Markey: Economic Impact on Pennsylvania

The Waxman-Markey Bill attempts to create clean energy jobs, faster U.S. energy independence, reduce global-warming pollution and transition the U.S. to a clean energy economy. While these objectives are certainly worthy, does the cost in trying to accomplish them put an unfair burden on Americans, and in particular, Pennsylvanians? Ed Friel shares his insights.... read more >

Access and Excel: Best Friends or Worst Enemies?

Technology

By Chris Debo

Every organization, from Fortune 500 companies to small startups, from government agencies to not-for-profits, uses some form of spreadsheet and personal database software. In fact, many organizations would not be able to function without them.... read more >

Manufacturers, How Did You Fare in 2009?

Manufacturing

By Mary Richter

Did you keep your New Year's resolution? Mary Richter reflects on 2009 and looks ahead to 2010.... read more >