October, 2014 Archives

Archives for October 2014

Truck driver shortage expected to continue

Ground trucking is an essential function in our society today. Our nation’s economy relies upon the ability to move large quantities of products efficiently and affordably. Trucking is a primary means of doing this. New information published in early October by the American Trucking Association suggests that the transportation industry is facing a serious shortage of drivers that could only worsen in the coming years as the demand for truck freight increases at the same time. Experts from … [Read more...]

Poll: Americans say truckers are safe drivers

People who drive semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles in Illinois work each day under constant scrutiny, regulatory guidelines and federal oversight. Drivers with commercial driving licenses must adhere to very high standards for safety for themselves, their companies and the general public. While it can seem that commercial truck drivers are under siege and viewed as dangerous to other drivers or pedestrians, a recent survey dispels such myths with strong certainty. The numbers … [Read more...]

The pros and cons of using business investors

When launching a new business in Illinois, entrepreneurs have several options to consider as means to fund their new enterprise. As with many things, there is no right or wrong way to obtain necessary funding as the decision can vary based on many criteria. Every business owner should evaluate the choices individually as making a fully informed decision is one of the most important parts of making the right decision. Understanding investor options There are three primary types of business … [Read more...]

How do you register a business in Illinois?

Starting a new business can be a very exciting venture for those involved. The process of setting up a new business can, however, seem complicated to some businesspeople especially when legal filings are required. There are many choices to make and no shortage of specific processes to complete. Following is a guide to help people understand the basics of how to get a new company registered and operational in Illinois. As indicated by the United States Small Business Association, one of the … [Read more...]

Illinois property: What is the difference between private rights and public rights?

When a person in Illinois owns a piece of property, whether it be public or private, they are given specific rights. These may include some of the following: The right to use the property how they see fit The right to earn income from the operations that occur on the property The right to enforce the privileges they are entitled to for owning the property The right to transfer ownership of the property to others However, these rights can vary drastically depending on where the … [Read more...]

How does a reverse mortgage affect your heirs?

A woman in Florida chose to sign over the rights to her home to her husband, which would enable him to qualify for a higher reverse mortgage loan amount. According to the Buffalo News, the 62-year-old man took died shortly after taking out the loan. As chief among the man’s heirs, the wife inherited the home but had trouble getting her name on the deed. The loan requirements mandated that she qualify for a refinance in order to pay back the reverse mortgage, which is something she struggled … [Read more...]

Calculating your future mortgage payment

Whether they are purchasing their first home or buying an investment property, those looking into buying property in Illinois should understand what their mortgage payment will be once they have made this purchase. Doing this prevents buyers from running into problems in the future with their finances. Factors that impact mortgage payments While the price of the property plays a large role in what a homeowner will pay every month on their mortgage, this amount also depends on several … [Read more...]

Buying property: Why pre-approval is a good idea

A mortgage pre-approval differs from a mortgage pre-qualification because during the pre-approval process, the lender checks a buyer’s credit and verifies their documentation to approve them for a specific loan amount. Although obtaining pre-approval for a loan may not be a priority for some buyers in Illinois, there are several reasons why going through this process is a good idea. Why is it important? The preapproval process takes the risk out of property buyers finding the home that … [Read more...]

Using software to manage your trucking fleet’s maintenance

Companies that must manage vehicle fleets have many special issues with which to contend. Many technologies have been developed to assist in things such as tracking the locations of vehicles and drivers, providing route assistance and more. Software programs are also available to help Illinois businesses manage the maintenance needs of a trucking or other vehicle fleet. Features of truck fleet maintenance software Innovation Maintenance Systems is one company that offers trucking fleet … [Read more...]

Stretching your IRA

A father named his son the beneficiary on his IRA, which was worth roughly $100,000. According to the Huffington Post, the son, who was 53 at the time of his father’s death, chose to receive the minimum distributions out of the Roth every year instead of taking the lump sum. As a result, the policy continued to grow over the years. As an added bonus, the distributions were not subject to taxes because the account was a Roth IRA. The people who set up the IRA may not be able to control how … [Read more...]

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