Tax Loss Harvesting: Opportunities and Obstacles

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lemon-picking  So much of investing is beyond our control (picking stock prices, timing market movements and so on), it’s nice to know that there are still a number of “power tools” we can employ to potentially enhance your bottom line. Tax-loss harvesting is one such instrument … although the analogy holds true in a couple of other ways: It’s best used skillfully, ...

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Election: 70 Days and Counting – Presidents, Politics and Your Portfolio

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election option Last week I visited Gettysburg and toured the battlefields which represent the turning point of the civil war and reaffirmed the principles of which the United States is built. Over 150 years later those fields still speak as loudly as they did when Abraham Lincoln memorably spoke about a “new birth of freedom” for America in the Gettysburg Address. While this year’s ...

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Parenting Your Wealth in Uncertain Times

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In the face of political drama at home and violence abroad, it’s certainly been a summer for trying our patience, hasn’t it? For anyone who has ever been a parent or a child – that is, for everyone – there are several comparisons we can draw between good parenting and good wealth management. For both, plenty of patience is one of the most important qualities to embrace.

Patience Is Your Greatest Strength

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Our Relationship with Investment Risk

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Is investing riskier than usual these days? In our experience, probably not. It just feels that way because of the constant bombardment of information. If there is such a thing as “normal” in this world of ours, risk is certainly built into the definition.

In Morningstar’s Quarterly Economic Commentary, Francisco Torralba, Ph.D., CFA described the [f]inancial markets as having lived in a heightened ...

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part III: Total-Return Investing

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As we’ve discussed in the first two parts of this three-part series, we do not recommend turning solely to dividend-yielding stocks or high-yield (“junk”) bonds to support your retirement income, even in low-yield environments. So what do we recommend? Today we’ll answer that question by describing total-return investing.

PART III: TOTAL-RETURN INVESTING FOR SOLID CONSTRUCTION

If you think it through, there are three essential variables that ...

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part II: High-Yield Bonds

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In Part I of our three-part series on investing for retirement income in a low-rate environment, we explained why we don’t advise bulking up on dividend-yielding stocks as a reliable way to generate retirement cash flow. Like the Three Little Pigs’ straw house, dividend-yielding stocks can disappoint you by exhibiting inherent risks just when you most need dependability instead.

Another popular tactic is to ...

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part I: Dividend-Yielding Stocks

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If ever there were an appropriate analogy for how to invest for retirement, it would be the classic fable of The Three Little Pigs. As you may recall, those three little pigs tried three different structures to protect against the Big Bad Wolf. Similarly, there are at least three kinds of “building materials” that investors typically employ as they try to prevent today’s ...

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Are You Receiving Good Financial Advice?

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We need to rethink traditional financial advice – the kind that’s been delivered by those so-called “experts” focused on issuing buy/sell recommendations, executing transactions, selling annuities and collecting their commissions. If this is the type of financial advice that you are receiving you don’t need that and you probably never did. This most often received financial advice from a broker is full ...

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Is Yellen Moving on Up

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The U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) has held the federal funds rate at nearly zero percent, seeking to bolster an ailing economy in the aftermath of the Great Recession since December 2008. Economists agree that the position is unusual, and highly unlikely to go on forever – drastic times called for drastic measures. Then again, they’ve been agreeing on that for seven years. Each year, the Fed has had ...

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Financial Tips on Tax-Efficient Investing – Part II: Teamwork

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In our last Financial TIPs on Tax-Efficient Investing, “Investment Manager Selection,” we explored how to engage in year-round tax-efficient investing by adopting your own best practices as well as by favoring fund managers who are likewise keeping a tax-efficient eye on their offerings. There are two other important areas to tend to as part of your due diligence: your investment portfolio’s tax-efficient management and your advisers’ tax-efficient teamwork.

Proper Portfolio Management: The ...

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