Columns

MY TURN: Movie lifts spirits of those needing a legal pick-me-up

July 13, 2018

For political moderates and those who lean left, 2 weeks ago was not a time to rejoice at the news emanating from the nation's highest court. Immigrants, labor unions, Muslims, voting rights proponents, and a general sense of fairness and decency took it on ...

COMMENTARY: Lights, camera, action: video is the way to go

July 13, 2018

By Traci R. Gentilozzi • It’s predicted that 82 percent of all Internet traffic will be video by 2020. • When given the choice, four times more Internet users prefer to watch a video than read text. The picture is becoming increasingly clear: ...

COMMENTARY: Court draws line on dogs in court for able-bodied

July 13, 2018

By Marie E. Matyjaszek Support animals are increasingly common – we see them on airplanes, at restaurants, schools, stores and even in courtrooms. Several prosecutor’s offices in Michigan have therapy dogs, and the Troy Police Department recently ...

TAKING STOCK: Gift tax and high-yield checking account

July 13, 2018

Dear Mr. Berko: Our accountant told my wife and me that we can't gift more than $15,000 at a time without incurring a tax. I know there are more ways to skin a cat and hope that you have some thoughts on this. Also, I recall reading somewhere in the past few ...

NERDWALLET: Three money tasks you shouldn't tackle on your own

July 13, 2018

By Liz Weston NerdWallet No one cares as much about your money as you do, but never asking for help can be dangerous - and expensive. In a previous column, I detailed the hazards of trying to do your own estate plan and how problems often aren't apparent until ...

TAKING STOCK: High on Realty Income

July 13, 2018

Dear Mr. Berko: My stockbroker is very enthusiastic about Realty Income Corp. and has advised me to buy 400 shares. He is impressed with the company's growth in revenues and dividends and likes the fact that about 80 percent of the dividend received from this ...