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  1. The Fundamentals of Draghinomics

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

    Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive, three-pillared economic policy.
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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.
  8. Tapping Retirement Funds Early – Without A Penalty

    The IRS offers several ways to skirt the 10% penalty on early retirement distributions.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 ...
  16. 2015 Capital Gains Taxes: What You Should Know

    What financial advisors (and their clients) need to know about capital gains taxes in 2015.
  17. 10 Tax Benefits For The Self-Employed

    Running your own business has both personal and financial perks.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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.
  20. Corporate Tax Inversion

    U.S. companies like Burger King use corporate tax inversion to take advantage of lower taxes abroad.
  21. 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.
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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.
  24. 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 ...
  25. '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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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.
  30. 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 ...
  31. Top Fund-Raising Strategies For Nonprofits

    Top fund-raising strategies for nonprofit organizations
  32. Where NOT To Invest in Latin America

    Venezuela has more oil than anyone, and Brazil and Argentina have lots going for them, too, so why can't they get out of ...
  33. How Advisors Can Protect Inherited IRAs

    A new Supreme Court ruling has some financial advisors rushing to set up trusts to help protect inherited IRAs. Is that necessary?
  34. 7 Times It Costs More To Pay With A Credit Card

    Paying with credit cards can cost you more. Some merchants add an extra surcharge or convenience fee onto each transaction.
  35. Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

    There are a few things worth watching in the medterm presidential elections.
  36. New 2015 Contribution Limits: Advisors Take Heed

    The Internal Revenue Service's new 2015 contribution limits for tax-deferred savings plans are higher; here's what you and ...
  37. The Most Helpful Tools On The Website

    Don’t waste your time wading through the slew of private and corporate tax websites out there. Go straight to the source: ...
  38. The Top Nonprofit Organizations

    Did you know basketball and volleyball were invented by instructors at a charity?
  39. 10 Steps For First-Time Home Buyers

    It's probably the biggest purchase you've ever made. Here's exactly what to do to prepare yourself and get the best possible ...
  40. Federal Tax Brackets

    Why do we have income tax brackets? What do they do for us? Read this to understand the basics and where to find your own ...
  41. 7 Secret Fees Cutting Into Your Travel Budget

    We're in the midst of the travel-planning season, as solo travelers and families gear up for domestic and international holiday ...
  42. How The IRS Works: Functions & Audits

    Even the most enlightened citizen curses taxes, possibly while simultaneously acknowledging that they're the price of a civilized ...
  43. 5 Services To Usher In New Clients

    Discover ways in which advisors are increasingly choosing to promote their businesses.
  44. After-Tax Balance Rules For Retirement Accounts

    Accumulating post-tax assets can work to your advantage. Find out how.
  45. Should You Convert Your IRA?

    Discover the factors you must weigh to make this decision.
  46. Changes In Tax Legislation And Regulation

    Keeping on top of these amendments can help you avoid penalties and take advantage of benefits.
  47. New Retirement Plan Limits For 2011

    New changes to the law can have a huge impact on your nest egg.
  48. Rolling Over Company Stock: A Decision To Think Twice About

    It may be more beneficial for you to pay tax now than deferring it to an IRA. We show you how and why.
  49. Tax Treatment Of Roth IRA Distributions

    Learn the requirements for withdrawing funds tax and penalty free.
  50. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  51. Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance

    This type of insurance is a policy taken out on you by your company. Read on to find what it's all about.
  52. 4 Overlooked Homeownership Costs

    Mortgage payments aren't the only expense. Find what else you'll be on the hook for.
  53. Tax-Saving Advice For IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  54. Will You Break Even On Your Home?

    Calculate how much your property will need to appreciate to cover the costs of owning it.
  55. Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Many people try to avoid this process altogether, making things difficult for heirs.
  56. Eight Financial Safeguards If Disaster Strikes

    In an emergency like a fire, hurricane, flood, tornado or earthquake, you may not be able to protect your home. But you can ...
  57. The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    How can you save the recommended 10% of your income? We'll show you how to get there.
  58. Expanding Your Small Business With An SBA Loan

    Should you look to the Small Business Administration for a loan for your company? The pros and cons of going the SBA route, ...
  59. Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations

    Your life insurance policy can be a great tool for charitable giving. Find out how.
  60. 5 Tax(ing) Retirement Mistakes

    Don't let these simple errors take the luster off your golden years.
  61. Don't Forget To Take Minimum Distributions

    Take the right required minimum distributions from IRAs, 401(k)s and the like, starting the year you reach age 70 ½. There's ...
  62. State Laws Dictate Division Of Joint Property

    In breakup, divorce or death, community or common law will determine how property is divided.
  63. Understanding Mortgage Impound Accounts

    Home buyers with low down payments may get stuck with higher mortgage payments. Find out what you get for the extra money. ...
  64. Will You Pay Taxes During Retirement?

    Income taxes are one of the things that's certain in life. We'll explain the different tax situations when you retire.
  65. Top 10 Life Insurance Myths

    The most difficult aspect of this complex product is determining how much coverage you need and why.
  66. Cut Taxes By Reporting Property Damage

    Know the options you have for your insured property if and when a disaster strikes.
  67. Downsize Your Home To Downsize Expenses

    Learn how to cut your mortgage, tax, gas and utilities bills.
  68. Discover Master Limited Partnerships

    These unique investments provide significant tax advantages.
  69. 2010: The Year To Convert Your IRA

    Thanks to fewer restrictions, it's now easier than ever to convert your traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.
  70. Pick The Perfect Trust

    Trusts are an estate plan's anchor, but the terminology can be confusing. We cut through the clutter.
  71. Tax-Free Savings Accounts And Instruments

    There aren't many places where you can save your money tax free, but there are a few. Check out these savings accounts and ...
  72. Estate Planning: 16 Things To Do Before You Die

    Find out what you need to prepare to avoid serious estate planning mistakes.
  73. Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  74. Filling Out The W-9 Form

    Freelancers and independent contractors have to give a W-9 to their clients – and you might need to provide one for other ...
  75. Last-Minute Strategies To Help Pay For College

    Find out what to do when your kid is ready for higher education, but you aren't.
  76. How To Appeal Your IRS Audit

    The auditor's review isn't always the last word. Many taxpayers who are audited can successfully appeal their audits and ...
  77. The Purpose Of 1099 Forms

    The need for 1099 forms and why you must track the income reported on them. If you don't, the IRS will find it anyway and ...
  78. Filling Out 1099 Forms

    There are many different 1099 forms for different types of non-employee compensation. We explain the differences among them, ...
  79. Cut Your Tax Bill With Donor-Advised Funds

    Beat the tax man come April 15 by investing in a charity-friendly fund.
  80. How to Pick a Charity

    The increasing number of charitable organizations mean the competition is fierce for your charitable dollars. Use these tips ...
  81. The Purpose Of The IRS W-4 Form

    Why do you need to fill out a W-4 form and what does the IRS do with it?
  82. Filling Out Your W-4 Form

    Your step-by-step guide to making sure your employer reports your tax withholding correctly to the IRS from your first day ...
  83. How To Plan For The Charitable Giving Boom

    Of the $58 trillion that will be passed over the next several decades, $26 trillion could go to charity. Here's how to plan ...
  84. Divorce Over 50: Seven Mistakes to Avoid

    With longer lives and women's greater financial independence, divorces at 50+ are soaring. How to avoid money trouble when ...
  85. How A Company Files With The SEC

    Filing with the SEC is not as complicated as you might thing -- just be meticulous about following the steps.
  86. Why Gasoline Costs What It Does

    The next time you have to dig deep into your wallet to fill your gas tank at least you'll know exactly what you're paying ...
  87. Five Tax Strategies For A Bonus Or Windfall

    That bonus for a job well done or inheritance from Great Uncle Alfred can often result in your paying a bigger chunk of money ...
  88. 7 Mid-year Tax Moves

    If you wait until year-end to check on your tax status, you’ll be right in the middle of holiday season. And summer is your ...
  89. How To Sell Your Company At A Premium

    When businesses are looking to make acquisitions, it's a good time to sell your company. But don't rush to take advantage ...
  90. Must-Do Financial Moves For Same-Sex Marriages

    Same-sex couples should create the safeguards all married people need, plus a few more. The good news: You may be owed a ...
  91. How Women In Transition Should Mind Their Finances

    With roughly 80% of women dying single due to divorce or outliving their spouses, they must become more involved in their ...
  92. Tax Breaks for Volunteering

    In addition to helping society, volunteering can yield tax deductions – sometimes. Here's how to tell what will pass muster ...
  93. Garage Sale vs. Donation

    Which offers you the bigger payoff?
  94. Mortgage Amortization Strategies

    Should you get a 30-year mortgage? A 15-year one? Ways to decide which mortgage is the best fit.
  95. When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    If you've exhausted all other avenues, there are ways to withdraw funds before age 59½ – sometimes without the 10% penalty ...
  96. Do U.S. High Corporate Tax Rates Hurt Americans?

    The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of the 34 developed, free-market nations that make up the Organization ...
  97. Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs

    April 15 came and went, but the memory of how much of your pay the IRS helped itself to should remain clear. As should the ...
  98. Tax Dodging Companies Cost You More Than $1,200 Each Year

    Every year that multinational corporations and wealthy individuals lower their U.S. tax bills by stashing profits in off-shore ...
  99. I Didn’t File Taxes, Now What?

    April 15 has come and gone, but if you didn’t file your tax bill, all is not lost, even if you think you will owe taxes. ...
  100. The Pros And Cons Of The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Perhaps the most highly-debated “benefit” to owning a home is the mortgage interest deduction.
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