I have experienced two citywide blackouts in New York City. It puts people on edge, makes them afraid, and desperate. When they go to the local store, what happens? The tenets of conducting fair business go out of the window. Storekeepers make up prices as they go along, raising prices as much as they want, treating regular patrons, people they
I’m from New York City, where people have paradoxical, near non-sensical relationships with cars. There are about 9 million inhabitants, and it seems like every person has two cars. The city has rush hour traffic jams that turn the streets into parking lots. Every car owner seems also to leave their car at home during working hours to take public
When I was a kid in the 1980s, a common trope in movie and TV plots was the struggling, average person falling into riches. Like the 1983 comedy Trading Places, featuring Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd. A group of bored billionaires secretly conspire to make a poor street hustler and a wealthy banker, Murphy and Ackroyd respectively, switch lives and
Affordable housing remains a concern in virtually every community across the country. Individuals and families clearly need places to live, but shelling out enough cash to purchase a home, on top of purchasing groceries, paying for utilities, and all the other expenses associated with homeownership can cause all sorts of financial problems and stress. Even among renters, finding an affordable
Once your company has been VAT registered, you must file an accurate Business VAT return every quarter. Failure to file or late filing can attract fines. Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on almost all goods and services. In some countries such as the United States, it is referred to as goods and services tax (GST). In the United Kingdom
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the sixth time since late 2015, and bringing them to the highest level in a decade.