Advisors

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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2. What should I do with distributions? Generally, distributed money is subject to income taxes and a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty if you’re under 59½ years old (except in certain circumstances). If you want the money before you reach 59½, you’ll pay 20 percent to 40 percent in taxes and penalties. Federal rules require
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You usually have the choice of receiving payments for the rest of your life (a single-life annuity) or selecting from a variety of survivor options (joint and survivor annuity) that allow for your beneficiary to continue receiving payments after your death. If you choose payments for your life only, your monthly income will be higher.
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If you’ve managed to pull together a strategy for your personal finances, odds are it’s not the right one for you. That’s because many financial plans fail to consider the unique characteristics of an investor’s life, including his or her biases and the fluidity of investing goals, said Joe Duran, founder and CEO of United
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Jack Guez | AFP | Getty Images Bitcoin is a borderless digital currency that eliminates the need for a bank. Therefore, understanding this concept hinges on conceiving financial transactions without banks. Perhaps less surprising is that predictions of bitcoin’s demise fail to account for technological factors. Bitcoin is, after all, technology, but you don’t have
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If you’re looking for a sector that’s poised to grow, think technology. Certified financial planner Ted Jenkin, CEO of oXYGen Financial, predicts there will be strong growth in this area in the next five to 10 years. And there are three areas within this sector that could see the biggest boost. 1. Artificial intelligence. The
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You should read your anxiety about money as a call to action, says certified financial planner Douglas Boneparth. “Money tends to be an emotional area of people’s lives, so it’s no surprise that they think about this quite frequently,” said Boneparth, president of Bone Fide Wealth. “There are a number of ways to deal with
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First, let’s be clear: The current bull hasn’t been running as long as most people think. The popular belief that the current bull started in March 2009 is contradicted by the more than 20 percent dips in many indices that occurred between 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016 — arguably, the actual start of a new
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“With premiums much higher this year, it’s a good time to write options,” said Sterling Neblett, a certified financial planner and founding partner of advisory firm Centurion Wealth. “It can be a good strategy in volatile, choppy markets.” Option-writing strategies range from conservative (covered calls and collars) to extremely risky (naked puts). With the virtually
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1. Overconfidence. Clients affected by this bias often overestimate the confidence level and the accuracy of their own judgment as greater than the objective accuracy of those judgments. In other words, the subjective estimation of our own accuracy and reliability is greater than it objectively is. This bias can result in an investor who has
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“Location, location, location” has been a real estate industry cliché for nearly a century and, since clichés are clichés because they are largely true (according to the well-known, er, cliché), the mantra still applies — and across many industries. To wit, a less-than-ideal location or failed geographic expansion was a factor in 9 percent of
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