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Depending on where they lived, consumers had to shell out anywhere from $3 to $10 per freeze and then another fee to lift the freeze. “Paying a fee for freezes added insult to injury because the person doing it probably had been victimized,” said John Heath, directing attorney at Lexington Law in Salt Lake City.
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You shouldn’t use your house to help pay your monthly bills, but nearly 1 in 6 American homeowners thinks that’s just fine. Those were the findings from a recent survey by Bankrate.com. Earlier this month, the personal finance website took an online poll of 719 homeowners, asking them about using their home equity — the
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The new tax code makes a big change to the individual retirement account landscape, according to financial advisor Winnie Sun. People are no longer allowed to go back and recharacterize their individual retirement accounts — if, for example, they realize they paid more taxes than they needed to, she said. “This is critical, because if
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Decades ago the problem for individual investors was getting enough information without buying costly subscription services. Thanks to the internet, investors now have access to free, real-time data at the click of a button. The challenge lies in selecting the right information for assessing a specific stock and evaluating it correctly. The process of selecting
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Interest rates have been marching steadily upward for months, and the Fed has indicated plans to raise interest rates twice more before year’s end in an effort to temper inflation amid a growing economy and sustained job growth. “There’s been a sea change in the markets,” said Matt Diczok, fixed-income strategist for Merrill Lynch and
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The mental roadblocks humans tend to throw in front of their efforts to make sound decisions have come to be known as “cognitive biases.” Cognitive biases are so apparent and so inherent that there’s no disputing their existence. Psychological research has identified an array of cognitive biases. Given the foundational level at which these biases
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One big question on investors’ lips today is whether bitcoin is risky or not. And the answer to that question is yes, according to financial advisor Ted Jenkin, CEO at Oxygen Financial. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital payment system. And because of that, there’s no government involvement, no central authority and no FDIC insurance, Jenkin
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When plotted over time on a graph, the spread of the two rates normally forms a curve — the wider the difference, or spread, the more pronounced the curve. This curve is what’s known as the yield curve, though there are other curves involving yield differences. When long-term bond rates are higher (they usually are
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Becoming too emotionally attached to investments can result in irrationally clinging to an asset longer than you should. This can be especially true of stock issued or sold to you by your employer. Taking an unrealistic view of your company stock can lead to a critical lack of portfolio diversification. Whether it’s being overconfident about
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Various long-term studies have shown that, net of fees, actively managed mutual funds tend to underperform the S&P 500. This mounting evidence has prompted various huge institutional investors, such as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to move much of their assets into passive vehicles. One problem some investors may have with evidence-based investing
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Central to Americans’ confidence in our government is their confidence in our tax-collection system. Unfortunately, the Internal Revenue Service has not always earned that trust, undermining this system of voluntary compliance and taxpayer engagement. Fortunately, this has been a bipartisan issue in the past, and we believe a bipartisan proposal exists to once again solve
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A fiduciary is a person given the power to act on behalf of another and put their interests first. The Investment Advisors Act of 1940 is a law that was enacted in order to regulate advisors who, for compensation, give advice to others as to the value of securities or as to the advisability of
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“Anything that is international equities excludes the U.S.; therefore, it is much easier for those managers to outperform,” said Frank Talbot, Citywire’s head of investment research. “There’s a lot of good managers in international equities, where the outperformance is above 50 percent, meaning that more than half of the fund managers add value in those
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Determining the mix of investment types is one of your most important tasks as an investor. Every investment has different strengths that allow it to play a specific role in your overall strategy. For instance, some investments may provide regular income while others may serve as a temporary place to hold for cash. Some even
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Start with the Securities and Exchange Commission and/or the state the fund is registered in, and check for all disclosures and any negative press that has occurred. Research the tenure of the portfolio manager(s), and research not only their SEC and/or state information but also any personal information that is unusual about the manager(s). Subscribe
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Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to spend money these days. Retailers offer us endless ways to automate our purchasing. They show us products we’ve looked at, and they offer one-click purchasing and send emails reminding us that we’ve left something behind in a cart. Fortunately, we can turn the tables. We can use that
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