Russia is planning for low oil prices for years President Vladimir Putin's government has just set a draft budget for the next ... In 2015, the Russian government originally based its budget on an average price of $100, double what it actually was. The slump in oil prices forced the government to ... 10/13/2016 - 11:24 pm | View Link
Cheap oil roils ruble, but Russia bears the pain Wags were quick to note that it will soon meet Vladimir Putin's stratospheric public approval ratings ... and other basic necessities – while business investment has virtually stalled amid double-digit interest rates. Yet well over a year into Russia's ... 01/19/2016 - 11:00 am | View Link
The NATO Afghanistan War and US-Russian Relations: Drugs, Oil, and War The conference speakers bitterly opposed Putin’s endorsement, as recently as April 11 of this year ... at least since the failure of massive protests to prevent the Iraq War. We have seen much critical examination of why America fought in Vietnam ... 06/6/2013 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Oil and Protests: Putin's Double Trouble Hours after his release on May 24 from 15 days in jail, opposition leader Alexei Navalny was mobbed as he toured a Moscow protest camp that for days had resisted police attempts to clear it away. “You can’t frighten us with iron beds and prison porridge. 05/31/2012 - 11:25 am | View Link
Oil and Protests: Putin’s Double Trouble | Pew Research Center Oil and Protests: Putin’s Double Trouble. Read the story at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-31/oil-and-protests-putins-double-trouble. Report Materials. 01/10/2017 - 1:51 am | View Website
Russia: Putin’s balance sheet Sanctions and a falling oil price threaten to derail ... but as the inflation rate was more than double that ... He also called for Mr Putin’s resignation at ... 04/9/2016 - 10:52 pm | View Website
Putin Changes September Election Rules To Prop Up His ... ... to $40 oil, sanctions, a collapsing ruble, double ... Putin concluded, is to promote mass protests to ... oil economy: A loose wrench in Putin’s ... 03/14/2016 - 9:25 am | View Website
Why the Russian oil crash could threaten Putin with a ... Why the Russian oil crash could threaten Putin with a palace coup 12/20/2014 - 6:59 pm | View Website
Charles Lane: Can Putin’s regime withstand falling oil ... ... Can Putin’s regime withstand falling oil prices? ... One result is that his regime prudently put some oil revenue in a reserve fund. Putin also learned, ... 12/2/2014 - 6:59 pm | View Website
By Tina Orem, The Associated Press
Tax preparers do a big chunk of America’s tax returns — more than 80 million a year, according to the IRS — but if you’re nervous about handing confidential information to someone in a largely unregulated field, you’re not alone.
Here are some tips to help you find a good tax preparer and reduce the risk of expensive errors and exposing your finances.
First, decide if you really need a tax preparer.
By Carole Feldman, The Associated Press
Donald Trump’s acknowledgement last fall that he had not paid federal income tax in years left some questioning why they should have to pay taxes.
“I think you pay taxes because it’s the right thing to do,” National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t take tax benefits to which you’re entitled.
“It’s easy to point to some of the provisions that you may feel are in the law that are written to let some people pay zero taxes and ignore that you are getting significant benefits delivered to you through the Internal Revenue code to you, yourself,” she said.
“If you’re an employee, you might be benefiting from employer-provided health insurance or tax-deferred retirement savings,” she said.
By Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
The idea of paying taxes late and incurring IRS interest charges elicits a stern “Don’t do that!” from many tax professionals. Yet some business owners decide that it’s cheaper and more convenient than taking out a loan. So those with short-term cash management issues or personal expenditures like college tuition may make a strategic decision to pay the government late.
Trey Taylor’s employee benefits consulting firm was debt-free last year, and he wanted to keep it that way.
In a yard full of cattle with colorful names, Trump Train stood out.
His caretaker, Lee Whyte, wore a hat bearing the bull calf’s name and stood near his pen. “I’ll buy that hat for 50 bucks,” an admirer said to Whyte, who graciously declined. “I’ve had people come up to me trying to buy this all day,” he said.
Trump Train was named shortly after the election because “its got a ring to it, but there’s no affiliation of any sort,” said Matt Lautner, his owner.
By Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
People who favor investing in a way that helps preserve the environment have more options than strictly focusing on companies that offer Earth-friendly products or services.
Companies that make solar energy panels, electric vehicles or household products sourced from sustainable materials may fit the bill, but not necessarily offer attractive returns.
Brown Advisory Funds’ Sustainable Growth Fund (BIAWX) keeps this in mind.
By Bev O’Shea, The Associated Press
The start of the new year feels like a financial clean slate — right up until your credit card bills arrive.
It’s easy to forget about the entertainment and travel you enjoyed, the food and drink you consumed or the store card you applied for at the cash register.