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Rideshare service liability unclear

With the increased use of rideshare for automobile transportation by patrons of Uber and Lyft also comes the resulting increase in the number of injuries riders and pedestrians sustain from Uber and Lyft drivers. For both riders and pedestrians this raises serious questions about insurance coverage for drivers using Uber or Lyft rideshare software. 

Good retirement savings habits before age 40

You know you should start saving for retirement before you turn 40. What can you start doing today to make that effort more productive and to improve your chances of ending up with more retirement money, rather than less?

How much home can you afford to buy?

Does buying a home make sense for you financially? It may or may not, depending on some financial, career, and lifestyle factors. Your savings, your credit, your salary, your level of disposable income, and your housing preferences all count. 

What to do if ICE shows up

As evidenced nationwide for the past several months, dealing with immigration issues is front and center on the national agenda.

A useful year-end move to counteract capital gains.

Even though 2016 may have ended up being a subpar year for stocks, you may realize short-term capital gains. What will you do about them? You could do what many savvy investors do – you could “cash in your losses” and practice “tax-loss harvesting.” 

Small-business owners must speak up about Olympia tax talk

Raising taxes on “the wealthy” might seem like a great idea until you realize that many of the proposals coming out of the state Capitol would apply to small-business owners who don’t meet most folks’ definition of wealthy.

Being successful means knowing what you want

Many years ago I worked with a company that was struggling. No matter what happened, they were disappointed. By many people’s definition, they were immensely successful: they had close to 100 percent market share, high inventory turn rates, very solid net profits, and a positive cash flow.

Wineman’s Toast | 10 wines for $50

Editor's note: This blog post originally appeared March 8. Given that the wine selection at Grocery Outlet varies week to week, not all of the labels, vintages and prices mentioned in this article may still be available. 

What could you do with your tax refund?

About 70 percent of taxpayers receive sizable refunds from the Internal Revenue Service. Just how sizable? The average refund totals about $2,800.

New nursing home regulations affect care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a “broad revision” to regulations that affect the care of more than 1.4 million nursing home residents across the country including over 16,000 people in skilled nursing facilities in Washington State according to SkilledNursingFacilities.org. 

Prepare for changes to the state law regarding sick leave

Most employers are aware that the voters passed Initiative 1433 in November, increasing Washington state’s minimum wage, effective Jan. 1, 2017, to $11 an hour and establishing additional graduated minimum wage increases each year.