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Bitcoin had its coming-out party in 2017. With all the excitement and opportunities around cryptcurrency, it might be easy to forget about crypto taxation. Almost every bitcoin or other “altcoin” transaction — mining, spending, trading, exchanging, air drops, etc. — will likely be a taxable event for U.S. tax purposes. Without a doubt, 2018 will
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When people start investing money, one of the exercises they engage in is determining their own risk tolerance. Usually, this process is handled by filling out some sort of questionnaire, such as the one below, that has multiple-choice questions: If you had $10,000 to invest, would you: • Be willing to chance earning 30 percent
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress late last year represents the most significant changes to the tax code since 1986. The changes are biggest for corporate taxpayers. C corps will see their statutory tax rate decline from 35 percent to 21 percent, and pass-through corporate entities — partnerships, sole proprietorships and S
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As we move farther and farther down the road toward a cashless society, consumers can use credit cards to pay for nearly everything, everywhere these days. But just because you can doesn’t mean you necessarily should, warns credit reporting agency Experian. Outstanding card debt has now hit its highest point ever, surpassing $1 trillion in
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Investors looking to evaluate potential financial advisors can avail themselves of many lists of sample questions, such as those suggested by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, for interviewing practitioners. But just how to interview references, as is frequently suggested, is less clear. What kinds of questions should a reference expect? “Getting a reference from a
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But the blockchain technology still has some significant kinks to work out, according to technology experts in the financial advisory industry. Aaron Klein, CEO of Riskalyze, a technology company that helps advisors assess clients’ risk tolerance, said he is “long-term optimistic, short-term pessimistic on blockchain.” “Here is the challenge with blockchain today: It is handling
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Technologically advanced and social media-connected financial advisors are what Gen X and millennial clients want. So says a study from Global X, which found that strong technological capabilities would make it more likely for 93 percent of millennials and 71 percent of Gen X investors to work with an advisor. Advisors have been successfully attracting
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These funds — whose assets start out in riskier assets like stocks and automatically shift into more conservative investments as you approach retirement — also are often the default option when an employee does not specify investment choices in their 401(k) plan. More than $1 trillion is parked in target-date funds, according to research firm
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Should you pay off that mortgage before heading into retirement? For the average American, owning a home outright is a major objective in life from both a financial and a psychological perspective. However, it may not always be the best strategy. “The question comes up all the time with clients and for most preretirees —
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More savings opportunity. The maximum amount a person under 50 years of age can contribute to an individual retirement account is $5,500. If you are over 50, the IRA maximum is $6,500. Compare this to the maximum an employee can defer into a 401(k) for 2018: $18,500, plus an additional $6,000 for those 50 and
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Topics to touch on include fitting the estate plan within the context of the investor’s overall financial plan. “With $22 million in exemptions, it’s not so much of a tax issue as it used to be,” said Brent Brodeski, a panelist and CEO of Savant Capital. “It’s really helping to coach people through important decisions:
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First, they are concerned they will run out of money. Second, they are suddenly transformed into spenders of assets, while no longer bringing in additional earnings from a paycheck. Both of these factors can certainly require some adjustment. To help you get there, here are four tips that can help you wisely manage your savings
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Brokers will soon have a couple new weapons to battle financial fraud targeting older Americans. First, a rule from securities regulators goes into effect on Feb. 5 that allows brokers to put a temporary hold on a requested account withdrawal if financial exploitation is suspected. “A lot of times advisors haven’t had the ability to
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Who could have guessed all of the things that happened in 2017? Between major changes to the tax code, the market reaching all-time highs and geopolitical upheaval all over the world, the past year has been one of constant change. We’re all wondering what new surprises are in store for 2018. My take: Don’t worry
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For example, a study from Global X found that for 87 percent of millennials, also known as Gen Y, their most important expectation of an advisor was protecting their investments during a market downturn. In contrast, 76 percent of Gen X wanted financial education. This lines up with the observations of Rob O’Dell, certified financial
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The Berkshire Hathaway CEO told the campus audience they could make a lot of money without other people’s money if they were smart. Still, the temptation now to use historically low-interest money from mortgages, personal credit lines and 401(k) plans to invest in the stock market is great, especially as the Dow is reaching historic
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Pending recessions typically end bull markets. And recessions are often presaged by certain signals: rising jobless claims; falling home sales; an inverted yield curve; wage pressures that impact corporate margins; exogenous shocks, including oil spikes; or destabilizing valuations in key asset classes. We don’t see those red flags on the horizon as we enter the
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“The government shutdown will have an impact on real estate transactions should it continue for an extended period of time,” said Elizabeth Mendenhall, president of the National Association of Realtors, in a statement to CNBC. The shutdown, which began Saturday after congressional leaders failed to reach a spending agreement to keep the government funded, means
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I hear it from my friends, family and clients all the time. For many of us, our financial worlds came crashing down at the very start of our adult lives. My generation was faced with the brutal realization that our expensive educations wouldn’t be the financial cure-all we were believed they would be. In reality,
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By now, even your grandmother probably knows what a bitcoin is. If that’s not a sign of something going mainstream, I don’t know what is. As a financial advisor, I’ve found it interesting these past months to talk about bitcoin in a professional setting. When I do, I always explain that, no matter how exciting
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