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BRIAN ESTES — Preferred investment property types of high net-worth investors

In my last article, published in January, I addressed why high net-worth investors (HNWIs) should allocate to commercial real estate (CRE) as opposed to other alternative asset classes.  Those reasons included were: preservation of wealth; cash flow; appreciation; tax purposes and estate planning.  Although I went into detail in each of these reasons I didn’t touch on the types of ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Ascentium Healthcare Resources committed to supporting rural healthcare providers in Mississippi

  I recently had a conversation with Brian Enis, COO of Ascentium Healthcare Resources, based in Magee. Officially founded in early 2018, Ascentium’s primary focus is in supporting the challenging billing and collections effort for rural hospitals, medical groups, and clinics. Given the challenges in American health care today, and most especially for rural health care, the work that Ascentium does ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Break the echo chamber

The internet and social media have empowered us with far greater amounts of information and at increasingly faster rates than any other point in the history of humankind.  The benefits of this democratization are omnipresent and permeate almost every aspect of our lives now.  For technologies that have largely only existed for about a decade, it is hard to imagine ...

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Analysis: Tort reform is back at the Mississippi Capitol

Tort reform is back at the Mississippi Capitol. That term is the shorthand for a yearslong, multistate campaign by business groups to reduce lawsuit verdicts. In Mississippi, it climaxed in a 2004 special legislative session in which lawmakers limited pain-and-suffering damage awards to $1 million in most lawsuits and limited such damages to $500,000 in medical malpractice cases. In recent ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Constructive conservatism needed to thwart rise of Socialism

What would Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, think of capitalism in America today? You see, it was Smith’s notion that despite natural greed, individuals in a free, capitalistic society would be led by “reason, principle, conscience” to act morally and compassionately. Capitalism would be the economic mechanism by which wage earners and the middle class would accumulate wealth. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: What a disappointing tax season

Started your tax return yet? I have and it’s so disappointing. I had looked forward to the simpler, easier tax filing promised by President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Take the increased standard deduction and forget all that work to compile medical and dental expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, charitable contributions, and so on. This was going to be a breeze. ...

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JUSTIN KELLY — 5 mistakes to avoid in retirement

After a lifetime of planning and saving, you’re finally on the verge of retirement. However, retirement planning doesn’t stop just because you’re beginning to draw income from your investments. As you embark on this exciting new chapter of your life, keep your retirement goals on track by avoiding these common pitfalls: 1. Claiming Social Security Too Early It may be ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Carlson book torpedoes the opposition

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Tucker Carlson is the star of the network that dominates the cable world. His ascendancy coincides with the election of Donald Trump as president. Aha! Lacky for the madman. Not so fast, my friend, as football commentator Lee Corso likes to say. Carlson is a member of an endangered species: rational man. He knows logical arguments, ...

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