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Rebecca Dawson

Retirement, Investing, Taxes
“Rebecca Dawson is an experienced, independent financial advisor offering personalized wealth and investment management guidance to a select group of individuals, families, and businesses in Southern California and around the country.”

Silber Bennett Financial

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Senior Vice-President


Rebecca Dawson is an experienced, independent financial advisor offering personalized wealth and investment management guidance to a select group of individuals, families, and businesses in Southern California and around the country. Her mission is to be a trusted advisor to her clients by partnering with them to identify what is most important in their financial lives while providing tailored solutions to help achieve their goals.

For over 20 years, Rebecca has served as a financial advisor. She has developed highly refined methods for evaluating client's needs and formulating successful investment strategies. She and her staff provide an exceptional level of service to her clients, who are typically worth well in excess of $1 million and include some of the most prominent people in the United States.

Before joining Silber Bennett, Rebecca managed her own independent brokerage office since 1999. Prior to that she held similar positions with PaineWebber, Merrill Lynch, and Alex.Brown & Sons.

Her clientele have included corporate presidents, and officers, charitable foundations, pension funds, business owners, and wealthy retirees. Her affiliation with Silber Bennett Financial provides her clients with full service wealth strategies.

Professional & Securities Licenses:

FINRA Series 53 Municipal Securities Principal

FINRA Series 79 Investment Banking

FINRA Series 7 General Securities

FINRA Series 22 Direct Participation Programs

FINRA Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law


BA, Liberal Arts, Magna cum Laude, University of Texas at Austin




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How can I buy oil as an investment?
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As an investment, there are many ways that you can buy oil commodities. You can also buy various securities that give an indirect exposure to oil. You can even buy actual oil by the barrel.

Crude oil is the world's most actively traded commodity. It trades on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) as light sweet crude oil futures contracts, as well as other commodities exchanges around the world. Since oil is a commodity that is produced and in large quantities that are costly to transport, it trades in futures contracts. Futures contracts are agreements to deliver a quantity of a commodity at a fixed price on a fixed date in the future.

Oil options are another way to buy oil. Options are contracts which give the buyer or seller the option to trade the oil on a future date. Options often have cash settlement, meaning that on the exercise date of the option, the buyer and seller just pay each other off based on the current price of oil rather than delivering the real physical oil to each other. If you choose to buy futures or options directly in oil, you will need to trade them on a commodities exchange. You can open a managed account at a brokerage firm. With a managed account you can ask your broker to make the trades for you and advise you in the various risks associated with trading commodities.

The more common way to invest in oil for the average investor is to buy an oil Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). An oil ETF is a fund that trades in real time price changes on major stock exchanges. It is designed to closely track the movements of the price of crude oil. What the fund does is maintain various investments in the above mentioned oil futures and options markets, and then sells shares of its fund to smaller investors. Some common oil ETF stock ticker symbols are OIL, USO, UCO, and DBO. You can buy into or out of these funds any time during normal market hours, and you can buy shares in small quantities as opposed to the hundreds of thousands of dollars you need to invest in futures and options.

Finally, you can invest in oil through indirect exposure by owning various oil companies. These companies tend to own large amounts of oil and therefore their stock prices move in approximate correlation to oil's price.

August 2017
What is the difference between a hedge fund and a private equity fund?
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What is a recommended amount to keep in our emergency fund?
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What concepts can I use to guide the allocation of assets in my portfolio?
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April 2018
    Investing, Bonds / Fixed Income, IRAs, Taxes
If my traditional IRA is fully invested in a tax free bond fund, and I am receiving a distribution of the monthly dividends, do these distributions count toward the required minimum distribution, and do I have to pay taxes on them?
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