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  • September 27, 2016

    Don’t ever, ever, ever fight the Fed in the short-run

    One of the best pieces of investment philosophy is “do not fight the Fed”. This means, do not put your portfolio in a position that will be harmed by the actions of the Federal Reserve. For the past year the Fed has made it clear that they intend to raise ...

  • September 7, 2016

    When is a Dollar Worth More than a Dollar?

    The answer is: When that dollar is in account where is can be accumulated and/or accessed free of taxation. A Roth IRA provides both such Federal income tax benefits. The tax advantages of a both tax-free accumulation and tax-free withdrawal can be huge and can last for over a century if ...

  • August 30, 2016

    HOME COUNTRY BIAS

    Asset allocation is the most important driver of long term investment performance. One of the thorniest issues in asset allocation is the home country bias. The home country bias is the tendency of people to invest much more heavily in the financial assets of their own nation rather than spreading ...

  • August 23, 2016

    Economic Policy Risk and Financial Markets

    Much is being said about the potential effects of the U.S. Presidential election this fall. Concerns abound about the potentially devastating effects of “higher taxes and bigger government” if Clinton wins or “trade wars” if Trump wins. I think we have little to worry about. I believe that our only ...

  • August 9, 2016

    A Less-Known Federal Investment Income Tax Break

    A Less-Known Federal Investment Income Tax Break:  One of the least understood breaks on Federal taxation of investment income occurs when investors use Section 1256 contracts such as futures contracts for short-term trading. A potential advantage to using Section 1256 contracts is that net gains from trading are taxed 60% ...

  • August 2, 2016

    Federal Income Taxation of Municipal Bond Interest

    Federal Income Taxation of Municipal Bond Interest: Interest income on municipal bonds is not always free of Federal income taxation. There are three primary ways that municipal bond interest income is taxed at the Federal level. First, the interest on some municipal bonds may be deemed as being taxable by ...

  • June 28, 2016

    Tail Risk Matters

    Tail risk is the chance of extremely large losses. Systematic tail risk is the chance of extremely large portfolio losses due to large declines in one or more major financial markets, especially equity markets. Recent advances in finance research are revealing the importance of tail risk in pricing assets and ...

  • December 11, 2012

    First-Time Home Buyers Missing Out on Housing Recovery

    By David Francis, US News & World Report's US News & World Report | December 10, 2012   Tougher lending standards squeeze out potential borrowers As the housing market continues to show improved signs of strength, many first-time home buyers are failing to benefit from the broader recovery. The Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey, ...

  • December 10, 2012

    Refinancing near retirement can be smart

    By Amy Hoak, MarketWatch Marketwatch | December 10, 2012   CHICAGO (MarketWatch)—Tempting low interest rates continue to make headlines, making refinancing your mortgage look attractive. But when retirement isn’t far off, the decision to refinance can get more complicated. After all, most pre-retirees are trying to reduce debt before their last day of ...

  • November 27, 2012

    To buy or re-fi: Is now the time?

    by Kathryn Tuggle, Personal Finance Editor Dimespring | November 21, 2012   Interest rates may be at record lows, but that doesn’t mean you should pull the trigger on a major purchase before you’re ready. Whether you’re looking to buy a home or refinance the one you’ve got, it’s always best to put ...

  • September 20, 2012

    Brawling Politicians: Bad for Your Portfolio?

    By Richard Satran           September 7, 2012 The love fest of the political convention season ended almost as soon as it began, when the first prime-time speaker, House Speaker John Boehner, set a Republican agenda that "starts with throwing out the politician who doesn't get it, and electing a new president ...

  • February 14, 2012

    Tyler Vernon: Relentless Service

    By Kathleen Biggins GENIUS COUNTRY  Tyler Vernon watched both planes fly into the World Trade Center on 9/11, one from his office at Merrill Lynch, and one as he was fleeing Manhattan.   Like many New Yorkers, he thought about what would have happened if the plane had veered slightly to the left ...

  • January 19, 2012

    Stocks edge higher on bank earnings, economic news

    By CNNMoney staff @CNNMoneyMarkets January 19, 2012: 12:16 PM ET

    u.s. stocks
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. stocks advanced for a third straight session Thursday, as investors welcomed a slew of positive news on both the earnings and economic fronts. The Dow Jones industrial ...

  • January 4, 2012

    Stocks End Mixed; Fed Urges Action on Housing

    By Kaitlyn Kiernan 01/04/12 - 04:20 PM EST NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot into positive ...

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