Business Dictionaries & Glossaries Online

February 23, 2010

When you need a quick definition of a business or investment term, try these sites:

http://www.businessdictionary.com/

http://www.investorwords.com/

http://www.marketwatch.com/pf/started/gettingstarted_glossary.asp


New Credit Card Rules

February 22, 2010

New rules from the Federal Reserve guiding how credit card companies handle consumer credit accounts go into effect today. The intent of the new rules is to protect consumers who use credit cards from costly practices that were previously unregulated. Along with protecting consumers from unexpected increases in credit card interest rates, creditors are prohibited from issuing a credit card to a consumer younger than 21, unless the consumer has the ability to pay, or obtains the signature of a parent or other cosigner with the ability to make the required payments.

Other changes state that your credit card company must tell you when they plan to increase your rates and fees. Also, monthly credit card bills will include information on how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you only make minimum payments.


Dinner and a Movie

February 8, 2010

Thinking about what to do for that special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Date night with a homemade meal will be extra memorable with some help from the Library where there are hundreds of books in the culinary collection. The hardest part of preparing something homemade will be deciding what to make. If an entire dinner is more than you want to commit to, perhaps preparing one of the luscious recipes in Baked from the Heart: Gifts of Love for Special Occasions by Stephanie Greenleigh will provide you with a creative and thoughtful gift idea that will impress and delight.

Along with good food, entertaining with a movie always creates a pleasant addition to a romantic evening. The Library has several popular and recent movie releases on DVD that can be checked out. Titles in the romantic comedy genre include: Julie & Julia, 50 First Dates, The American President, No Reservations, The Break-up, and Waitress. Students may check out one DVD/video at a time for a loan period of one week. There are dozens of other popular movies in your JWU Library collection to choose from.


Internship Fair Prep

February 6, 2010

Attending the College Of Business Internship Fair on Feb 9?

Want to have an edge when you meet with the companies and organizations when they are here?

Check out the Internship Fair LibGuide:

http://jwuflorida.libguides.com/internshipfair

On the guide, you’ll see a list of participating companies & organizations, tips on how to research them using JWU resources, resume & interview help, and more.

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.  We’re here to help!


February 4, 2010

Thomas Keller‘s  Ad Hoc at home is the chef’s take on classic family meals. As the title suggests, his newest book is geared more towards home cooks, providing foundational advice on becoming a better cook and accessible recipes. His previous books (The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Under Pressure) are esoteric using complicated methods only master chefs with access to equipment like an immersion circulator could replicate. Ad Hoc is a beautiful book inspired by Mr. Keller’s father and the last meal he cooked for him before he died. Ad Hoc is placed on reserve at the North Miami Campus Library.


Donations to Charities Providing Relief in Haiti Qualify for 2009 Tax Deduction

February 1, 2010

The IRS announced that donations to qualified charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti, made after January 11th and before March 1st, 2010, can be claimed on 2009 tax returns. Only cash contributions qualify and the deduction may only be used for taxpayers who itemize. The cash contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the January 12th earthquake in Haiti. Taxpayers have the option of deducting these contributions on either the 2009 or 2010 tax return, but not both.

Good record keeping is key to verifying itemized deductions. A phone bill showing the donee organization receiving a text message donation, along with the date and amount of the donation, will satisfy this requirement. Other types of cash contributions can be verified with bank records, such as a cancelled check, or a receipt from the charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution.

This law is modeled after the law which allowed taxpayers contributing in January, 2006, to qualified charities serving the areas affected by the December 26, 2005 tsunami in the Indian Ocean region, to deduct the contribution on either the 2005 or 2006 tax return.