Mehmet E. Akgul

Covers investment, financial analysis and related financial market issues for BrightHedge. He has extensive experience in portfolio management, business consulting, risk management, and accounting areas. He has worked with global financial services firms for over 15 years in the United States and Turkey. Mehmet is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant and a member of CFA Society of New York and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Economic Indicators

An economic indicator presents information on the phase of the overall economy. Economic indicators consist of data on an economy’s recent past activity or its current or future position in the business cycle. Leading indicators have pivotal moments that lead those of the overall economy. Leading indicators often used for forecasting short-term future trends. This

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Filing tax requirements

Filing Tax Requirements

Do I Need to File a Tax Return? You are required to file an income tax return if your income is above a certain level each year. In general, you do not need to submit a federal tax return if your total income for the year does not exceed certain thresholds. Factors such as age,

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1040 tax form

2019 Tax Brackets

2019 Federal Income Tax Brackets After major tax legislation overhauls with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, most of the tax changes are inflation adjustments from 2018’s tax brackets. The TCJA requires for annual inflation adjustments to be computed based on the chained consumer price index rather than the regular consumer price index. This permanent

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Federal Income Tax

2018 Tax Brackets

2018 Federal Income Tax Brackets The most comprehensive tax legislation since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 has been adopted on December 22, 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) makes slight decreases on most individual tax brackets for income tax rates. The TCJA notably surges individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) and

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Vincent Kosuga

One Commodity with No Futures

Which futures contracts are investors banned from trading? Well, some of you may know that the answer is future contracts of onions. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which was established as the Chicago Butter and Egg Board, started onion futures trading in 1942 to recover losses of its terminated butter futures. Vincent Kosuga In 1955, Vincent Kosuga,

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