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Author Archives: Joe D. Jones

Making financial planning decisions in tough times

Let’s agree on a couple of things before I make any recommendations: 1. We are experiencing the worst recession since the Great Depression and no one saw it coming. 2. Those of us who invest in the stock market have lost about half of what we had when this thing started. 3. Our plans for financing retirement are in shambles ...

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Current market offers opportunities

With my stock portfolio off 42 percent from a year ago, at which time I “semi-retired” intending to, at least in part, live off my investments, I’ve had to rethink my situation and get a new plan. I’m sure that my frustration and anguish over the stock market crash are shared by most of our readers. It’s painful, to say ...

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Savoring the experience as I re-enter public accounting

I used to be an accountant. I left public accounting to be a controller and then a publisher. Now I’m an accountant again. Or, at least, I want to be. Several years ago I put my CPA license on “retired” status to avoid the annual continuing education requirements. Now I have to go back and take all the courses that ...

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As summer fades, MBJ team gears up for EXPO

It’s probably a little known fact that our Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO trade show, which comes around every January, was not part of the Mississippi Business Journal prior to our buying the paper. In fact, we bought the show as an afterthought once the deal for buying the paper was negotiated. Initially, I had reservations about mixing apples and ...

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What is the outlook for our manufacturing workforce?

Decades ago, the Deep South earned a reputation for offering a cheap, abundant and hard-working labor force. Manufacturers swarmed here to take advantage of the cheap labor. Those jobs were physically demanding and simple to perform, requiring nothing more than a little on-the-job training. The situation has changed drastically and will continue to change even more with each passing year. ...

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Before loading the truck, have a destination

The Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL) began its odyssey to a new shelter facility more than 10 years ago, and the Promised Land is just around the bend. During the last week in April ,MARL will relocate to its new home on Greenway Drive, just off Highway 18 in South Jackson. And, what a journey it’s been. Since shortly after ...

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Take control of how you handle taxing situations

Well, it’s April 9th. In a few short days participants in our self-assessment tax system (that would be you and me) will perform our patriotic duty and render unto Caesar his share of our earnings. And, as I’m sure was equally true in Caesar’s time, the rendering will be accompanied by much wailing and gnashing of teeth. W-2 forms, mortgage ...

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Leaders are those who will put it all on the line

The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education honored former Gov. William Winter and Tupelo businessman Jack Reed at a dinner last week for their untiring leadership in promoting public education in Mississippi over the past half-century. It was our privilege to help sponsor the event, which was held at the Hilton Hotel here in Jackson. Readers of this column know ...

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Going global and dealing with a new deck of cards

Ronald Reagan’s theory held that lowering taxes on upper income folks would spur investment and increase opportunities for everyone and that the benefit of tax reductions would “trickle down” to the middle class. The answer to whether any economic theory works is always, “it depends,” and Reagan’s is no exception. Though a definitive answer to the question may elude us, ...

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Decision proof Northeast Mississippi can get job done

I was caught completely off-guard with Toyota’s decision to locate an automotive assembly plant in Northeast Mississippi. It amazes me that something that big could be kept so totally under wraps. It appears that all the necessary agreements have been signed and the plant will be up and running in a couple of years. This will be a huge shot ...

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