Archive for: January, 2018

ANB Bank earns top marks from rating firms

ANB Bank has once again earned the highest ratings from two national bank rating firms. ANB Bank qualified as a Blue Ribbon Bank in an evaluation by Veribanc for the third quarter of 2017. In addition, ANB Bank was recognized as a 5-Star Superior Rated Bank from BauerFinancial. “We are pleased to continually be recognized […]

Will loose monetary policy spur inflation?

The latest reading for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) offered more good news about inflation. Specifically, CPI inflation came in at only 0.1 percent for December. That’s a welcome slowdown compared to higher rates in the three of the previous four months. In fact, over the past three months, CPI inflation has settled down some, […]

Different indicators tell tale of two economies

Is the Grand Valley economy still stuck in the mud of an all-too-slow recovery or are conditions actually improving? It all depends on who you ask — or more precisely, what indicators you consider. According to the latest results of an annual analysis of job and wage growth and high-tech output, Mesa County doesn’t fare […]

Making taxes all-consuming still a complicated endeavor

Excited about the tax cut? I keep being told I should be. But if I have to be honest, I’d say I really have no idea if the new tax law will lower my tax burden based on how I file. But given the government and its behemoth tax code, my answer can be only […]

Healthy lifestyle too important to put off

Do you procrastinate? Do you tend to put off things you don’t want or know how to do? Maybe you have good intentions, but let other things move to the top of your to-do list.    Although there are many areas of life that one can “put off,” the one that stands out like a […]

Tax reform and commercial real estate

Despite all the political hoopla surrounding passage of federal tax reforms, little appears to have changed in terms of the effects on commercial real estate. So-called 1031 like-kind exchanges remain in place for real estate, although exchanges for personal property are gone.  Depreciation, or cost recovery, periods remain the same.  Commercial properties are still based […]

Policies and training key to avoiding harassment claims

John Conyers, Al Franken, Mark Halperin, Dustin Hoffman, Garrison Keillor, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Michael Oreskes and Harvey Weinstein. The list of individuals accused of sexual harassment seems to grow longer every day. And while sexual harassment in the workplace isn’t a new issue, its increased prominence in the national media will cause ripple effects […]

New small business deduction anything but simple

When it comes to the new tax law, the topic on the minds of most small business owners is the 20 percent deduction for pass-through income and what should provide a substantial tax benefit to individuals with qualified business income. Be warned: This is one of the most complex provisions of the Tax Cuts and […]

Can your business run effectively without you?

Entrepreneurs launch companies not only to create greater wealth, freedom and happiness, but also exert more control over their destinies. They dream of achieving professional, financial and personal independence and in doing so travel, relax, give back and enjoy their lives as much as possible. For many business owners, however, the dream remains just that […]

Attitude of gratitude promotes workplace success

Think back for a moment to high school or college, when you likely learned about the marshmallow tests — a series of experiments conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford starting in the 1960s. Not ringing a bell? Here’s a refresher. Children were given a choice between eating one marshmallow right away or waiting several minutes […]

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