Chart: Offshore Profits Avoid IRS Reach

The chart indicates the quantity of offshore profits accumulated by large companies. The companies are grouped into technological companies and other. According to the table on the upper left, the company with the most offshore profits was General Electric, which gained about one hundred and ten billion dollars accumulated through deals outside of the US. General Electric was followed by Microsoft, Pfizer and Merck, respectively. The company that had made the least in offshore profits was Oracle with thirty three billion dollars.

Offshore Profits Avoid IRS Reach
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The technological companies that had made the most through offshore holdings are Microsoft, Apple and IBM, respectively. These companies managed to generate between fifty and seventy billion dollars in profits in the year 2013. The graph depicting their earnings is located in the top right hand corner of the image. All companies experienced steady gains for a period of over three years.

In the bottom left hand corner, there is a diagram indicating the twenty two most successful companies in terms of overseas profits. General Electric, again was the leader with one hundred and ten billion in overseas profits and Myers-Squibb held the lowest profits (according to the table) with overseas profits of twenty-four billion dollars.

The bottom right table indicates that there were two hundred and eight five companies which also dealt in offshore ventures. Together, these companies have amassed an estimated nine hundred and sixty three billion dollars in overseas profits. This information was given courtesy of the Standard and Poor 500 index.

Examples of Passive Income

A lot of people wonder about what is passive income and how they too can start earning it. Passive income come’s in all shapes and sizes and if you have a normal portfolio today you most likely are already privy to some.

examples of passive income

Check out the most common examples of passive income below:

1. Stocks that pay dividends and, every quarter, send you a dividend payment.

2. A real estate investment through a partnership. The general partners manage the properties and you, as a limited partner, just collect the rent and any capital gains from property sales.

3. Savings account that accrues interest. Every year or monthly your account will be sent interest payments.

4. Patents or copyrighted material such as songs. Entities that license this intellectual property pay out fees or royalties on a quarterly basis.

There are plenty other types of passive income but the above four are some of the most common examples of passive income and one’s you might already be utilizing today. People’s most common income though is earned income, which is what you get from working a job.

Graphic: Top S & P 500 Sectors by Annualized Five Year Return

How has the five year bull market treated you?

Check out the graphic below of the top sectors based on annualized 5-year return. Consumer discretionary has been killing it with a 33.48% return. Can it keep that up or should you look to the utilities sector which has lagged its peers with just a measly 15.72% return for the same period.

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This chart will blow your mind!

Famous tech acquisitions  cost per user
Famous tech acquisitions by cost per user

This crazy cost chart was first found on BrightSide. As you can see by the chart the new acquisition of WhatsApp for the mind boggling price of $19 Billion dollars on a per user price actually looks like a great deal.

The WhatsApp acquisition at a per user price of $35.56 is very inline with Facebook’s other big acquisition of Instagram which when acquired had a per user cost of $28.57. The Instagram deal has turned out to be a major success for Facebook and it looks like so will this WhatsApp purchase. For a lesson in companies who are doing horrible acquisitions just look at Yahoo. Whose acquisitions of Broadcast.com and Geocities on a per user basis were horribly over priced and have done horribly.

Daily Financial Advice Mallard 2-24-2014

Daily Financial Advice Mallard 2-24-2014

Bring extra quarters to work whenever you find a pre-1965 quarter, switch with your own. Each pre-1965 quarter has a melt value of $4.20.

As we have discussed in other articles having a job as a cashier at a store is not glamorous and at times can be downright boring. One of the best ways we have found to pass the time and to possibly make more money is by being on the look out for old coins. Also check if it is ok with your manager first but often times they will just be happy to know their employee is actively looking at every coin while on the job and being good with money is definitely a skill they want to make sure your have as a cashier. Whenever you see a coin that is old or a bill that is old hold on to it might be worth more than “face value.”

Old quarters such as those made prior to 1965 are actually made of silver and as such have a value of the price of silver not the $.25 that the coin is really worth.