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Contractor or Employee? By Sarah Rose Stack   Even prior to the pandemic, the ‘gig economy’ was growing at unprecedented rates. That growth has only been accelerated with more traditional […]

And Why Investors Should Consider Re-evaluating This Strategy By Jeff Liguori   Humans are historically bad at long-term thinking. In the world of finance, that behavior has dramatically worsened over […]

Year-end Tax Planning As the calendar turns to December, business owners and managers — and individuals as well — have a lot to think about. At or near the top […]

Dollars and Sense By Jim Moran, CPA   With 2021 drawing to a close, it is time for business owners to start thinking about year-end tax-planning opportunities to minimize 2021 […]

Ben Leonard outside Tower Square

Open for Business Businesses didn’t stop borrowing in 2020, although much of last year’s lending activity had more to do with staying afloat with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans than […]

Christopher Viale

Gathering Storm   During times of recession or economic upheaval, the last thing economists expect is for credit-card debt to fall. Yet, that’s exactly what happened during the first year […]

Rising Tide After a summer of heavy rains in Massachusetts — and across the Northeast, for that matter — plenty of homeowners discovered their insurance policies don’t cover flood damage, […]

Expanding the Footprint   Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. and Brown & Brown Inc. recently announced the execution of a definitive agreement for the sale of the assets and operations of […]

Open for Business Holyoke-based PeoplesBank recently expanded its presence in Connecticut with a branch in West Hartford. The new location is projected to help the bank grow its already considerable […]

John Howland calls the recent flood of deposits an “unprecedented” situation.

Developments of Interest By Mark Morris John Howland admits that the word ‘unprecedented’ is overused these days. But for him and others in the banking business, it seems like the […]

Know the Rules By James T. Krupienski, CPA   At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the early parts of 2020, the concern of business survival was the number-one […]

Joe Bova compared the past 18 months in the accounting profession

Doing the Math   For accountants, the past 18 months have been a time of change, challenge, and adapting to everything from new ways of doing business to new responsibilities […]

Where There’s Smoke… By Kristina Drzal Houghton, CPA, MST   The production and distribution of cannabis, once known to many only as marijuana, is the newest and most variegated industry […]

Tony Liberopoulos

Stating Its Case Dave Glidden is no stranger to the Western Mass. banking community, and neither is the lending team he’s assembled to grow Liberty Bank — the Connecticut-based institution […]

Brokerage App Is a Dangerous Culmination of Intersecting Trends By Jeff Liguori   It was supposed to democratize Wall Street — yet another DIY trend, this time with your hard-earned […]