August 5, 2015
Though business jet finance has largely recovered from the recession that began in 2008, it is a changing landscape. This year, most banks will be satisfying the more stringent capital requirements of the Basel III global regulatory standards, and looming changes to leasehold accounting will cause aircraft leases to be reflected in part as right-to-use assets on corporate balance sheets.
July 5, 2015
Buyers who face long waits for a new airplane may consider leasing on a short-term basis. (Illustration: John Lewis)
An aircraft buyer waiting for delivery of his new Gulfstream G650 once complained that the manufacturer “wasn’t promoting instant gratification.” Who could blame him? The scheduled delivery was eight years away. With a wait like that if you don’t have another aircraft that you don’t mind flying for the better part of a decade, you might as well buy one to tide you over.
June 30, 2015
As a charitable trust grows, its annuity will grow. (Illustration: John Lewis)
Are you facing the enviable task of trying to make a huge capital gain disappear legally? Well, if charitable giving is also on your to-do list, you should consider a charitable remainder trust.
June 16, 2015
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is working to find a cure by funding aggressive "high-risk, high reward research"
June 16, 2015
Brokers expect a host of new helicopter models, including Sikorsky's S-76D, to bring fresh inventory to the preowned market.
Are sales of preowned helicopters poised to go vertical? Like the fixed-wing market, the corporate segment of the rotorcraft industry took a hit after the U.S. economy’s ’08 meltdown and has yet to fully recover. “Executive transport is down,” says Bruce Kantenwein, vice president of Eckhart Helicopter Sales in Grayslake, Illinois. “It’s a very difficult market.”
May 15, 2015
A business jet.
What’s driving today’s faster depreciation rates?
April 20, 2015
Illustration of pile of paperwork and business jet engine
Governmental agencies demand that aircraft owners maintain voluminous, detailed records. Specialized software can help.
April 12, 2015
You can think of the government as partners. If your investment does well, you'll make more and so will the government.
Most of the time, it’s smart to get a job done sooner rather than later. When it comes to paying taxes, though, the opposite is often true: putting the taxman off as long as the law allows can be a powerful tool in building wealth, assuming the cost of deferring isn’t too steep.
March 10, 2015
Converting to a Roth can be beneficial even if your tax rate declines, but here the devil is in the details.
The decision can be achingly complex. Here’s help.
February 24, 2015
Interest rates remain shockingly low today, so you can still lock in a highly attractive fixed rate. (Illustration: Fotolia)
Financing an aircraft means wading through fine print.


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