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  1. Why Muni Bonds and Bond Funds are Perfect Together

    Municipal bonds and bond funds differ in several ways, which is partly why they complement each other well.
  2. How Are Dividends On IRAs Taxed?

    Reinvesting dividends in an IRA is a great way to grow your retirement funds faster, but be sure you understand the potential ...
  3. Why Advisors Should Sidle Up to Estate Attorneys

    Financial advisors who building relationships with estate attorneys can better help all parties.
  4. Why People Renounce Their U.S Citizenship

    It's an irrevocable act but, surprisingly, a growing number of Americans are giving up their citizenship, largely for tax ...
  5. Is HD Vest Financial Services Right for You?

    Here's what you need to know about HD Vest Financial Services.
  6. What Does A Flexible Spending Account Let You Buy?

    A healthcare FSA will help you pay your medical expense with pre-tax dollars – just not all of them. Here's how to tell which ...
  7. Do Financial Analysts Need Financial Advisors?

    Financial analysts are very knowledgable about investments, but that doesn't mean they couldn't use advice on how to manage ...
  8. Don't Throw Out These Tax Documents!

    Tedious as it is, make a practice of keeping these papers that you'll need in the future. It can save headaches and pay off ...
  9. How Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Is Taxed

    The tax savings of non-qualified deferred compensation plans are not the only tax fact you need to know before signing up ...
  10. The Best Bet for Taxes: Traditional or Roth IRAs?

    Choosing a Traditional IRA over a Roth IRA, or vice versa, depends on financial situation and long-term goals, especially ...
  11. The Basics Of The New Exchange-Traded Mutual Funds

    We explore how NASDAQ's new product exchange-traded mutual funds work, their benefits, and how they can impact the fund market.
  12. Save Money By Spending With A FSA

    ... And why using a FSA can help you beat the high cost of health care.
  13. How Mutual Funds Are Taxed in the U.S.

    A look at how mutual funds are taxed and how investors can be more tax efficient.
  14. What Taxes Do I Owe On Retirement Accounts Abroad?

    If you're a U.S. retiree, but previously worked abroad, here's what you need to know about taxes on foreign pensions and ...
  15. Tax Treatment For Call & Put Options

    A brief intro to the complex US tax rules governing call and put options with examples of some common scenarios.
  16. Grandparent’s Guide To A 529 College Savings Plan

    As a grandparent, you probably take pleasure in showering your grandkids with extravagances, but saving for their college ...
  17. Abenomics Vs. Quantitative Easing: Which Works Best?

    Abenomics and QE are versions of extraordinary stimulus measures initiated by the Japanese government and the U.S government, ...
  18. How Are Zero-Coupon Municipal Bonds Taxed?

    What every investor needs to know about taxes and zero-coupon muni bonds.
  19. Muni Bonds, Taxable Bonds or CDs: Which is Best?

    Here's how to tell if municipal bonds are a better investment than taxable bonds or CDs.
  20. Why Working Doesn't Add Up For Many Women

    A type of tax deduction for Japanese stay-at-home wives puts a barrier on women working full time in the country.
  21. Tea Party Vs. Republican Party: Who Will Win In 2016?

    What agendas define the rift between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment, and which side will win the presidential ...
  22. Top Tax Issues For High-Net-Worth Individuals

    Wealth brings benefits, but from a tax perspective it creates special challenges. Here are some tax issues to pay attention ...
  23. What Are The Tax Advantages Of Buying A Home?

    Don't forget these deductions and credits that homeowners can use to reduce their tax bill.
  24. Corporate Tax Rates: The Highs and the Lows

    The United States is No. 2 in the world for its high corporate tax rate. There are ways around paying it, and many nations ...
  25. 5 Estate Planning Must-Dos Before Saying "I Do"

    There are many exciting things to look forward to when a couple gets married; not among them is putting financial affairs ...
  26. What's the Verdict on START-UP NY?

    START-UP NY is an initiative designed to attract companies to New York State by giving them 10 years of tax breaks. Sounds ...
  27. Why Doing Your Taxes is Good Retirement Planning

    Income tax time is a great time to reevaluate retirement planning, since all the information you need is right at your fingertips.
  28. Estate Planning and Elderly and Passed Clients

    By keeping up with new estate tax rules, financial advisors can help elderly clients save big on tax costs.
  29. Feeling Risk-Averse? Consider These Investments

    These investments offer risk-averse investors resiliency to bear markets while paying sustainable dividends or interest. ...
  30. In Your 20s? Reasons To Get A Roth IRA Now

    There are strong reasons to put retirement savings into a Roth IRA now, while time is on your side, your salary hasn't peaked, ...
  31. New Tax Pitfalls to Avoid

    Although the normal litany of adjustments have been made to the tax code, there are several more unique issues that taxpayers ...
  32. Top 4 Ways to Invest Tax Free

    When you're ready to invest, start by looking at these 4 tax-advantaged ways to build your portfolio and your future.
  33. Missed The Tax Return Deadline? Here's What To Do

    Most important: Do it now.
  34. Are Taxes the Solution for Income Inequality?

    Income inequality continues to increase. Why? And are taxes the solution?
  35. Presidential Candidates And Wall Street In 2016

    Wall Street's influence will play a large role in the 2016 presidential race. As election season begins, candidates are showing ...
  36. Some Tax Considerations For Your Retirement Income

    Even if you don’t plan to retire, it’s still a good idea to think ahead about where to live, your income and how it all interacts ...
  37. How The IRS Catches Tax Cheats & Liars

    When civil and criminal penalties don't deter people from skipping out on their taxes, the IRS has other tools it can use.
  38. Top Tips for Retirement Account Withdrawals

    Top things you need to know when it comes to managing the complex task of retirement account withdrawals.
  39. Tips on Charitable Contributions: Limits and Taxes

    An overview of the limits and tax deductions of charitable donations.
  40. Don't Make These Top 10 Mistakes On Your Roth IRA

    Don't lose out on the benefits of a Roth by contributing too much, breaking rollover rules or making other avoidable errors.
  41. When Is Dual Citizenship Not A Good Idea?

    It may sound useful, but there are a number of reasons that make dual citizenship a questionable choice.
  42. Retirement: The Journey Of 1000 Miles

    Substantial time should be set aside to fully outline one's vision for retirement and the specific steps that must be taken ...
  43. A Look at the Pros and Cons of Muni Bonds

    Considering muni bonds? Here's a look at their pros and cons.
  44. Options and Roth IRAs: Do's and Don'ts

    A breakdown of the do's and don'ts of trading options in a Roth IRA.
  45. OK, So I'll Be Smarter Next Tax Time

    5 tax resolutions to start on right now for a smoother tax return next April 15.
  46. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Roth IRAs

    Between its generous tax benefits at retirement and no required minimum distributions, a Roth IRA is well worth considering ...
  47. What To Do If You Lost Your W-2

    There's no need to panic if you don't have your Form W-2 to file taxes, there are easy ways to gain access to the missing ...
  48. How To Use Your IRA As A Last-Minute Tax Deduction

    While some people are stressing over their taxes, there is a big advantage to delaying the process: You can maximize your ...
  49. Will Itemized Deductions Get You A Bigger Refund?

    April and taxes are due soon. If you need to file your return, you might have to decide if itemizing your deductions this ...
  50. Tips for Spreading the Wealth to Relatives

    There are many ways that your clients can move money or other assets to relatives in order to reduce their tax bills. Here's ...
  51. How Microeconomics Affects Everyday Life

    Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and businesses make decisions to maximize satisfaction. Microeconomic principles ...
  52. Tips for Handling Client Inheritance

    When clients leave or receive an inheritance, be prepared to deal with much more than mere paperwork or financial transactions.
  53. Advice on Dealing with Unequal Inheritances

    When it comes to inheritances, the concept of equal versus equitable can be hard to navigate, even when all parties are reasonable. ...
  54. 6 Ways To Build Credit Without A Credit Card

    It's definitely possible – if a bit more complicated – to build a credit history without traditional credit cards. Just follow ...
  55. The First Thing You Should Do With Your Tax Refund

    Nobody likes to pay taxes, but everyone loves to get a tax refund. When the check arrives in the mail, it's hard to resist ...
  56. How to Diversify with Muni Bond ETFs

    Thinking of diversifying with bonds? Consider these muni bond ETFs.
  57. How Does An IRS Audit Work?

    It doesn't automatically mean an IRS agent will be ringing your doorbell. Here are the different types of IRS audits and ...
  58. Vanguard Readies Muni Bond ETF

    Vanguard is set to roll out a muni bond ETF, the firm's first.
  59. Switzerland's Declining Tax Haven Appeal

    Switzerland's tax haven allure is being threatened by efforts by the US and other governments to make Swiss banks give up ...
  60. Made A Mistake On Your Tax Return? Don't Panic

    You can always file an amended return. But the sooner you do it, the better.
  61. Business Taxes: Not Paying More Than You Have To

    If you're a small business owner, note these potential tax deductibles so that you don't pay taxes that could have been extra ...
  62. How To Arrange An Installment Agreement For Taxes

    Not enough cash on hand for your April 15th tax bill? No need to panic. Here's what to do.
  63. IRA Holders Face New Rules in 2015

    New rules for IRA holders mean less loopholes in 2015.
  64. Top Tips for Family Wealth Transfers

    Essential tips for tackling family wealth transfers.
  65. Are You Missing Out On These Tax Exemptions?

    To lower your tax bill, make sure that you're taking all the exemptions that apply to you.
  66. What Makes LinnCo Different From MLPs?

    MLPs are some of the favorite investments of dividend investors, as the surge in the energy industry increased the amount ...
  67. Is It Smart To Get Dual Citizenship?

    Does it ever make sense to be a citizen of the U.S. and somewhere else? Yes, so you can work minus a visa – not so much, ...
  68. The Fundamentals of Draghinomics

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has introduced a set of reforms aimed at reviving the eurozone economy.
  69. The Fundamentals Of Abenomics

    Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive, three-pillared economic policy.
  70. Why Should Investors Read The Annual Reports?

    All investors should read each year the annual report from their top stocks, which contains valuable information and facts ...
  71. Which Is Better? Tax Preparer Or Tax Software

    Every taxpayer – and every year – is different, so here are four factors to help you decide whether a tax pro or software ...
  72. 7 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions

    Don't pay more taxes than you have to because you've missed taking legitimate tax deductions. Here are just a few you may ...
  73. Getting U.S. Tax Deductions On Foreign Real Estate

    If your home or second home is not in the United States, you can still get U.S. tax deductions. How many and what kind depends ...
  74. Taxes: H&R Block Vs. TurboTax Vs. Jackson Hewitt

    There are more and more tax services to help ease the pain of filing income taxes. Here's our take on three of the biggest.
  75. Tapping Retirement Funds Early – Without A Penalty

    The IRS offers several ways to skirt the 10% penalty on early retirement distributions.
  76. 4 Tax-Free Muni Bond ETFs to Consider

    Tax free municipal bond ETFs are an excellent way to build wealth slowly. Here are 4 you should consider.
  77. The Best Free Tax-Prep Software For April 15, 2015

    Filing state taxes online costs money, but many platforms let you file simple federal returns free. Some support more complex ...
  78. How Your Government's Budgetary Decisions Impact the Public Sector

    Issues facing the public sector are not unlike some issues facing America’s oldest and largest companies, but with larger ...
  79. 3 Last-Minute Moves To Lower Your 2014 Tax Bill

    The 2014 tax year may be over, but it's still not too late to find some last-minute deductions. Act now!
  80. Before You Visit Your Tax Preparer: Do This

    The earlier you start preparing your tax records and documents, the more likely you are to have a smooth tax return experience ...
  81. Estate Planning Tips for Financial Advisors

    Estate planning is not a set-it-and-forget-it proposition. Here are some tips for you and your clients.
  82. 5 Smart Uses For Your Tax Refund

    Consider using the bulk of your refund to take care of long-term needs, like saving for retirement or college.
  83. Top 10 Tax Filing Mistakes – And How To Avoid Them

    What are the worst tax filing mistakes people make? Tax expert and attorney Barbara E. Weltman points out 10 common ones ...
  84. 2015 Capital Gains Taxes: What You Should Know

    What financial advisors (and their clients) need to know about capital gains taxes in 2015.
  85. 10 Tax Benefits For The Self-Employed

    Running your own business has both personal and financial perks.
  86. What's The Tax Hit On An IRA Withdrawal?

    That depends on factors from the type of IRA you have to your age. Use this guide to plan ahead – and try not to withdraw ...
  87. After Poor Performance, Now a Mutual Fund Tax Hit?

    If the performance of mutual funds in 2014 wasn't bad enough, here comes a tax hit from liquidations.
  88. Avoid The No-Health-Insurance Penalty By Feb 15

    If you don't have health insurance, act NOW or you could owe penalties on your 2015 taxes, in addition to this year's.
  89. EU Probes Tax Laws To Catch Corporate Cheaters

    Recently, the EU has launched an investigation into tax deals between Amazon and the country of Luxembourg.
  90. Corporate Tax Inversion

    U.S. companies like Burger King use corporate tax inversion to take advantage of lower taxes abroad.
  91. Multiple Accounts? Here's How to Calculate RMDs

    Ever wondered about how to calculate required minimum distributions on multiple accounts? Here's a quick primer.
  92. How To Deduct All Of Your Charitable Donations?

    Donations made to charitable organizations can reduce your taxable income, thus your overall tax bill. But not all donations ...
  93. Where Your Clients Should Retire (For Tax Reasons)

    Are your clients asking where they should retire? That's a tough call, but here we cover the tax angle.
  94. Alert! Last Chance To Max Out Your Retirement Plan

    The end of the year marks the last chance for savers to maximize contributions to their 401(k), 403(b) and other retirement ...
  95. 'Tis The Season For Tax-Loss Harvesting

    With the end of the year upon investors are looking for ways to reduce their tax bill. One tactic that is often used is tax-loss ...
  96. Planning Ahead for 2015's Tax Law Changes

    Increased 401(k) limits can help savers put away more money for retirement in 2015—but some new restrictions are coming for ...
  97. Know The Cost of Living Where You Plan To Retire

    When considering where to live after retiring, it's important to keep in mind the type of taxes that would have to be paid ...
  98. Money-Saving Tax Breaks For College Grads

    Even if you graduate from college with a heavy debt load – especially if you do – use these tax benefits to ease your transition ...
  99. 7 Ways To Minimize Your 2014 Taxes By December 31

    The year's not quite over yet. See whether taking any of these steps would leave you owing less in 2014 taxes, come April.
  100. How Might The Affordable Care Act Affect You?

    The Affordable Care Act is the largest change to the tax code in 20 years that could affect you when you file that 2014 tax ...
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