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Take Steps to Control Your Investment Taxes

But you might give some thought to how you can manage your investment-related taxes. click for more

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@theMarket: Earnings Up; Stocks, Not So Much

Earnings season kicked off last Friday with the bank results. The numbers were stellar, but the stock prices of those companies fell hard. Since then, the same thing has occurred to any number of companies. What is going on? click for more

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Three Berkshire Communities Could Benefit as...

The Opportunity Zone program provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into "Opportunity Funds," which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called "Opportunity Zones." click for more

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank President Named to...

Established by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2010, the CDIACs in the 12 Federal Reserve districts provide a diverse perspective on the economy, lending conditions, and other issues facing thrift institutions, credit unions, and community banks with different charters and regulators... click for more

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Two Promoted on MountainOne's Risk Management Team

Kelli Kozak has been promoted to vice president of community engagement and Stephanie Scott has been promoted to vice president of BSA and deposit compliance officer. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Why the Tax Cuts Are...

Despite spending big money and all the marketing they can muster, the Republicans are still not able to convince most Americans that the tax cut benefits anyone but the rich and the corporations they own. Maybe, we are not as dumb as they think we are. click for more

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PEDA Working Through Minutiae to Get BIC Up and...

PEDA approved a series of agreements on Wednesday, which is hoped to tie up the legal documentation required for the Berkshire Innovation Center. The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority has long had a ground lease in place for the Berkshire Innovation Center. But, as the project has... click for more

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Tackles Economic...

Butler said that while there is a lot of "growth potential" in those sectors, people are always asking him about specific jobs that are available. On that front, the news is both good - and bad. click for more

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The Independent Investor: The Facebook Fallacy

What was clear to me was most of our so-called legislators had no idea how Facebook works. While some were obviously coached by their aides, even the answers to their questions drew blank or embarrassed stares.

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Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'

But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life such as investing?

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North Adams Ordinance Will Allow Alcohol...

Owners of the former textile mill, Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry, are in the midst of renovating the property. What is slated to be a $15 million project will include events, food production, restaurants, bar, and a hotel and 23 high-end condominiums.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Pays Veteran's Mortgage...

The giveaway was extended to active military members and eligible veterans, serving as an extension of the dedication of Berkshire Bank to the servicemen and servicewomen of our country.

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Steepleview Realty Celebrates 20 Years

Jennifer Segala started her business venture on April 1, 1998, and ever since has been going strong.

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@theMarket: The Trump Trade Bluff

Are you seeing the pattern yet? Think back to Trump's school yard diplomacy with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. First, a furious exchange of tweets and name-calling between the two. That was followed by saber-rattling on both sides. More test missiles. Naval ships steaming toward the Peninsula. The media spent days explaining the "what ifs" while stocks went up and down.

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The Independent Investor: Free Trade Vs. Fair...

We accepted free trade, while allowing our partners to re-build on the foundation of fair trade. The purpose was to allow agriculture, industrial production, and the consumer to recover in war-torn regions.

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Crane Stationery Purchased by New York's Mohawk...

Employees at Crane were informed of the purchase on Thursday afternoon. The price has not revealed but workers, who were part of the parnership that bought the production lines from Crane & Co. in 2015, were told that their shares would be bought out. The company's president, chief financial officer and operations manager will depart.

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State Senate Passes Short-Term Rental Bill

The legislation would generate an estimated $34.5 million and $25.5 million in state and local revenues, respectively, based on the most recent Senate Ways and Means Fiscal Impact Report. The expanded tax base will automatically apply to all 175-plus cities and towns that have already adopted the local room occupancy excise to date.

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Should You Make Extra Mortgage Payments or Boost...

Actually, you get some real benefits from a mortgage. It certainly provides something of great value to you your home.

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Vacant Country Charm Property Eyed For Retail...

The owners of the long-vacant restaurant have found a new possible use for the property: A retail marijuana facility.

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Labor Board to Hear Complaints Against BMC

The National Labor Relations Board will hear three cases against Berkshire Medical Center. The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association had filed a handful of unfair labor relations complaints with the hospital over contract negotiations. The labor board has now determined that three of them have enough merit to be heard.

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Pittsfield Council Looks to Loosen Proposed...

The City Council looks to lessen the restrictions on commercial marijuana facilities. The city's Department of Community Development has proposed zoning guidelines to guide the siting of recreational marijuana enterprises.

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Biz Briefs: Steepleview Realty Celebrating 20th...

As the business became more successful, Segala expanded to include offices in North Adams and Pittsfield. In 2015, longtime sales associate Deb Trzcinski became a partner with Segala and now owns and operates the business on a daily basis with her.

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Transportation Management Association For...

The Berkshire Regional Transition Authority is looking into being part of the creation of a transportation management association for ride sharing. The BRTA's hours of operation limit the authority's ability to get workers to and from work beyond the typical first shift. This new group would be a collective of employers who would team up to provide ride share options.

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Bella Sky Gifts and Adams Therapeutic Massage Team...

Although the two Summer Street businesses have found success on their own, owners Ashley Priester and Sarah Raschdorf decided to relocate under the same roof and utilize the natural synergy between their two stores.

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@theMarket: Will April Be Better for the Markets?

Much depends on White House initiatives, "Spanky's" (the President's new nickname) tweets, and the world's response to the administration's trade war initiatives. None of the above is certain, and, as readers know by now, the markets hate uncertainty.

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Greylock Promotes Three to Market Manager...

The new position assigns each market manager responsibility for the branch they currently manage as well as other branches within their market area.

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MountainOne Investments Appoints Financial Adviser

McKeon has served investment clients throughout Berkshire County and beyond for nearly 10 years. He is a certified financial planner practitioner and holds the Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations.

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The Independent Investor: Financial Planners Held...

The CFP Board just announced that starting next year, their members will be required to give advice under a new "best-interest" standard in all aspects of financial advice.


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