Category: Guest Blog

In My View

Dear Friends: This blog post is a guest piece written by Mr. Steven Albrecht, President and CEO of Charter Trust Company, Concord, NH. I hope you enjoy his 2014 assessment of the financial markets. Mr. Albrecht can be reached at 603-224-1350, or via email at salbrecht@chartertrust.com. Best wishes, Ray Pinard ———————– Portfolio Review This is… Read More »

Why Working 6 Days A Week Is A Terrible Idea

For many professionals, working on the weekends has become the norm — a way to catch up from the previous week or get a head start on the next.  Here’s an interesting article for the Business Insider website. Will it make you rethink your work schedule as we approach the new year? As Business Insider… Read More »

Federal Taxes Don’t Look Like You’d Think

By Charlie Arlinghaus at The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy – As originally published in the New Hampshire Union Leader  Because the numbers are so large, most people don’t bother to look at federal taxes and end up making assumptions that are at odds with the actual numbers. Federal taxes and the federal budget are very different from… Read More »

Can a company director always obtain access to the advice of counsel that was provided to the company?

A guest post from Nixon Peabody’s Commercial Litigation Alert by Stephen M. LaRose, Troy K. Lieberman, and Christopher E. Queenin The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC” or the “Court”) issued a recent decision that clarifies the circumstances in which members of a board of directors can access the company’s attorney-client privileged communications. In Chambers v. Gold Medal Bakery,… Read More »

IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations and Other Inflation-Adjusted Amounts for 2013

A guest article from my friends at By E. Drew Cheney On October 18, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service issued IR-2012-77, a news release announcing the 2013 inflation adjustments affecting pension plans and other retirement-related items.  The following are among the more significant changes (and non-changes) for 2013: The elective deferral limit for employees who participate… Read More »

Is the Fun in the Striving, or the Arriving?

A guest article from my friends at The Bigelow Company As an entrepreneur owner-manager, do you ever wonder, “Hmm…will I ever get this business to achieve a wealth creation event, someday? It sure would be nice to think that all of the passion, effort, and sweat, not to mention cash I have risked in this… Read More »

What Smart People Are Doing about Upcoming Tax Changes

by L. Joseph Comeau The U.S. government has been playing “kick the can” with our tax system for the past four years or so. The Bush tax cuts that dropped the top personal income tax rate and significantly reduced the tax on capital gains and dividends were scheduled to expire at the end of last year.… Read More »

Has the Market Reached the Current Limits on Optimism?

Guest Blog by Steve Albrecht, Chairman, Charter Trust Company, Concord, NH Much of 2009, 2010 and 2011 were spent with most financial analysts trying to convince investors that the market was on the verge of a double dip recession. I didn’t subscribe to this conclusion as almost every economic statistic was indicating that we were… Read More »