Although the overall individual audit rate is only about one in 119, the odds increase dramatically as your income goes up, as it might if you sell a valuable piece of property or get a big payout from a retirement plan. The IRS wants to be sure that owners of IRAs and participants in 401(k)s and other workplace retirement plans are properly taking and reporting required minimum distributions.
Saudi Arabia's oil minister Khalid Al-Falih says it may not be necessary to extend the deal reached by the group and some non-member nations to cut oil supply by around 1.8 million barrels a day beyond its initial six months, and that doing so could create a shortage. It took a lot for the Saudis to agree to this deal in November, but the rationale seemed at least to make sense. Brimming supply had created financial difficulties for the kingdom, and also complicated the forthcoming IPO of a small part of Saudi Aramco.
It's a brave new world for investors, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. Or is it? Cramer said President Trump has been pretty transparent about his plans for the country, so now that the inauguration is over, it all comes down to execution. The main thrust of Trump's inauguration speech was "Buy American, hire American," which will be good news for the defense stocks, agriculture, energy and pipelines, Cramer said. But investors need to keep an eye on housing and materials stocks. Those stocks will slow if an overheated economy sends interest rates too high. The "buy local" theme also flies in the face of the secular trend toward e-commerce and growth at Amazon.com (AMZN) , so investors