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The Dogs of the Dow are Back

October 26, 2016

A simple investment strategy that works well over the long term is to buy the five stocks listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average with the highest dividend yields. Readjust the portfolio annually to hold the newest highest-yielders. The strategy doesn’t work well every year, but it’s doing very well in 2016. To be sure, […]

The Stealth Interest Rate Increase

October 19, 2016

I’m going to be busy at the MoneyShow Dallas this week, so I prepared this week’s update a day early, on Wednesday morning. Next week we’ll be on the regular schedule. People are focusing too much on the Federal Reserve and when it might raise interest rates. That’s caused them to miss the rate increases […]

More Changes to Medicare

October 17, 2016

The government issued new regulations describing changes in the way the program will compensate doctors in coming years. Authorized by a law enacted last year, the changes are significant and will be phased in over several years. The aim, as always, is to increase quality of care while reducing Medicare’s costs. The regulations, however, are […]

Finding the Short-Term Tailwinds

October 13, 2016

The long-term economic and market picture still isn’t an attractive one. Many shorter-term trends, however, are positive. Too many investors and analysts are missing opportunities because they are worried about the long-term, how the presidential election might affect markets and other noise. The things that really matter to markets are pointing to several opportunities. The […]

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How Even Sophisticated People Are Scammed

October 13, 2016

People who never expected to be victims of scams and frauds often are victimized. The stereotype is that older people with reduced cognitive abilities are the most likely to be scammed. But many other people are vulnerable, and those who don’t fit the stereotype need to stay alert for potential scams. Self-confidence is one factor […]

Timing Your Investment Sales, Gifts and More

October 13, 2016

We’re heading into the end of the year. For many people, this is an opportunity to minimize your income taxes for the year, especially capital gains taxes. Actions you take, or don’t take, the rest of the year could have a substantial impact on your 2016 tax bill. Before we dive into the details, keep […]

Knowing When RMDs Can Be Delayed

October 13, 2016

Not everyone has to begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from all qualified retirement plans right after reaching age 70½. There are a few exceptions in the tax code. The exceptions don’t apply to IRAs. You must take RMDs from traditional IRAs after age 70½. But the exceptions do apply to some qualified retirement plans, […]

Optimizing RMDs from IRAs

October 13, 2016

It is time for many individual retirement arrangement (IRA) owners to consider carefully their required minimum distributions (RMDs). When you’re older than age 70½, you have to take RMDs from IRAs and other qualified retirement plans each year. The IRS realized a few years ago that many people were calculating their RMDs wrong, or not […]

December 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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