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  • 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 16, 2016

    State Income Tax Savings

    State Income Tax Savings:  Investors who live in states with high state income tax rates may find retirement saving to be especially valuable if they retire to a state with little or no income taxation on retirement income. For example, a worker placing $100 into a retirement plan may lower ...

  • 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% ...

  • July 26, 2016

    Taxes on Investment Income and the 3.8% Tax Surcharge

    Marginal Federal Income Taxes on Investment Income and the 3.8% Tax Surcharge: As a result of legislation regarding ObamaCare, Federal income taxes now include a 3.8% surcharge on investment income for couples who earn more than $250,000 total. Thus, at these income levels qualified dividends and long-term capital gains are ...

  • July 5, 2016

    Optimal Diversification

    Diversification is one of the most important and reliable methods of enhancing risk-adjusted investment performance. Diversification occurs when assets with imperfectly correlated returns are combined into a portfolio. Diversification reduces risk and can do so without reducing expected returns. Three critical questions arise in trying to diversify optimally or ideally: how ...

  • June 13, 2016

    GETTING THE MOST OUT OF DIVERSIFICATION

    Diversification is one of the most important and reliable methods of enhancing risk-adjusted investment performance. But can we diversify in a way that gives our portfolios the best reductions in risk? In this article I discuss which securities to select and how to weight them. Diversification occurs when assets with imperfectly ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • December 13, 2011

    Stocks trim gains on euro jitters

    By Hibah Yousuf @CNNMoneyMarketsDecember 13, 2011: 11:55 AM ET

     
    u.s. stocks
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. stocks pared earlier gains Tuesday following reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the idea of increasing Europe's bailout fund. At midday, the Dow Jones industrial average ...

  • November 23, 2011

    Stocks slide on Europe, China worries

    By Blake Ellis and Hibah Yousuf @CNNMoneyMarkets
    November 23, 2011: 12:37 PM ET
     
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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) --
     
    U.S. stocks slid deep in the red Wednesday, as eurozone fears rumbled on and a preliminary report showed that Chinese manufacturing slowed sharply.
    An lackluster report on ...

  • August 1, 2011

    Stocks: A 'schizophrenic' day

    By Hibah Yousuf August 1, 2011: 4:27 PM ETNEW YORK (CNNMoney) Stocks took a wild ride Monday. The day started with an early rally fueled by hopes of a debt deal, but a weak manufacturing report quickly deflated that optimism -- leaving stocks little changed as investors await a House vote. The ...

  • July 13, 2011

    Bankrate.com: What to do about foreign currency exposure

    By Dan Weil

    The dollar has taken a wild roller coaster ride over the past three years, wreaking havoc on a portion of many investors' portfolios. If you're wondering what to do about that, you aren't alone. "Everyone is talking about this. Clients are getting concerned," says Tyler Vernon, chief ...

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