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  • 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 19, 2016

    Taxes on Investment Income and Social Security

    Perhaps the most highly taxed US citizens are middle-income social security recipients. Consider a retired couple earning $32,000 per year before including investment income. For each dollar of investment income the couple is taxed not only on the investment income but also an additional 50% on their social security income. ...

  • July 12, 2016

    Market Volatility can be Predictable

    Market volatility, often measured as the standard deviation of stock market returns, varies from low levels during calm economic times to high levels during periods of great economic uncertainty or market distress. Volatility can be predicted even in an informationally efficient market. For example, a corporation’s stock should be expected ...

  • 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 ...

  • June 13, 2016

    THE ABCs of ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

    What is an alternative investment? There are many ways this question can be answered. Alternative investments are often described as any investment that is not a traditional investment such as a stock or a bond. Alternative investments are usually defined as an investment that produces

  • May 31, 2016

    Random Walks and Market Efficiency

    A financial value is a random walk if its next change in value is not related to, predicted better with or explained by, any previous changes in value. If a financial value follows a random walk then the market for that value is informationally efficient (more precisely, weak-form efficient) with ...

  • July 25, 2013

    Housing stocks fall, Facebook jumps on Wall Street

    MATTHEW CRAFT / AP Business Writer The Associated Press | July 25, 2013

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      NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing results from PulteGroup, D.R. Horton and other home builders left major stock indexes with only tiny gains in afternoon ...

  • 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 ...

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