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Are you LinkedIN?

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

-Tim Dyer

Equity markets are adding another name to their network today with the IPO of  internet sensation LinkedIN (ticker: LNKD).  The deal was originally priced at $32 – $35, by lead banker Morgan Stanley, but quickly jumped to $45.  This raised approximately $353 million from investors for the company.   On this first day of trading the shares opened at $83 and are now trading well over $100 a share.  Investors burned in the past internet bubble seemed to have dismissed the valuation concerns as the IPO values LKND at a whopping $4.25 billion. Not bad for a company with only $243 million in revenues and net profits of $3.4 million in 2010.  I guess you can’t discount the company’s 100 million subscribers, far less than Facebook’s 500 million but noteworthy none the less.  Todays public offering has the feeling of euphoria that Google (GOOG) had on its IPO in Aug 2004. Google originally priced at $85 and soared to over $711 in 3 years. The shares are currently trading in the $530 area for an almost 400% gain since the IPO. We will never know if shares of LNKD will be as successful as GOOG but for those that believe in the power of social media it may be time to get ….LinkedIN.

2010 IRA Contribution Limits

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Contribution limits and filing deadlines for IRA’s, Roth IRA’s, Profit Sharing Plans and individual 401K’s.

 Traditional IRA Contribution Amounts / Deadlines

Year Maximum Contribution
(if under age 50)
Maximum Contribution
(if over age 50)
Contribution Deadline Limits on Tax Deductibility
2010 $5,000 $6,000 4/18/2011 Neither You or Your Spouse in Employer Plan – Contribution is Fully Tax Deductible
You’re in an Employer Plan
Single $56,000-$66,000
Married- Filing Jointly $89,000-$109,000
Married- Filing Separately $0-$10,000
Only Your Spouse in an Employer Plan
Married- Filing Jointly $167,000-$177,000
Married- Filing Separately $0-$10,000
2011 $5,000 $6,000 4/16/2012 Neither You or Your Spouse in Employer Plan – Contribution is Fully Tax Deductible
You’re in an Employer Plan
Single $56,000-$66,000
Married- Filing Jointly $90,000-$110,000
Married- Filing Separately $0-$10,000
Only Your Spouse in an Employer Plan
Married- Filing Jointly $169,000-$179,000
Married- Filing Separately $0-$10,000

Roth IRA Contribution Amounts / Deadlines

Year Maximum Contribution
(if under age 50)
Maximum Contribution
(if over age 50)
Contribution Deadline Income Limits for Contributions
2010 $5,000 $6,000 4/18/2011 Tax Filing Status Income
Single $105,000-$120,000
Married- Filing Jointly $167,000-$177,000
Married- Filing Separately $0-$10,000
2011 $5,000 $6,000 4/16/2012 Tax Filing Status Income
Single $107,000-$122,000
Married- Filing Jointly $169,000-$179,000
Married- Filing Separately $0-$10,000

Coverdell ESA Contribution Amounts / Deadlines

Year Maximum Contribution Contribution Deadline Income Limits for Contributions
2010 $2,000 4/18/2011 Tax Filing Status Income
Single $95,000-$110,000
Married- Filing Jointly $190,000-$220,000
2011 $2,000 4/16/2012 Tax Filing Status Income
Single $95,000-$110,000
Married- Filing Jointly $190,000-$220,000

SEP IRA/Profit Sharing/Money Purchase Contribution Amounts / Deadlines

Year Maximum Contribution Contribution Deadline
2010 $49,000 4/18/2011 (plus extensions)
2011 $49,000 4/16/2012 (plus extensions)

SIMPLE IRA Contribution Amounts / Deadlines

Year Maximum Contribution
(if under age 50)
Maximum Contribution
(if over age 50)
Contribution Deadline
2010 $11,500 $14,000 4/18/2011 (plus extensions)
2011 $11,500 $14,000 4/16/2012 (plus extensions

INDIVIDUAL & ROTH INDIVIDUAL 401(K) Contribution Amounts / Deadlines

Year Maximum Salary Deferral
(if under age 50)
Maximum Salary Deferral
(if over age 50)
Contribution Deadline
2010 $16,500 $22,000 4/18/2011 (plus extensions)
2011 $16,500 $22,000 4/16/2012 (plus extensions)
Year Maximum Contribution
(if under age 50)
Maximum Contribution
(if over age 50)
Contribution Deadline
2010 $49,000 $54,500 4/18/2011 (plus extensions)
2011 $49,000 $54,500 4/16/2012 (plus extensions)