Tax Loss Harvesting for Regular Investors

Every so often, tax loss harvesting seems to show up in various marketing literature like it was just invented. The funny part is that tax loss harvesting has been around for a very long time. In fact, it’s less important today than it was before Bush the Second cut long-term …

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How To Choose 529 Investments

If you don’t already have a 529 plan opened, you should start with the instructions for opening a 529 plan before worrying about which investments you use. Trust me, when I tell you, as a former financial planner, that the biggest drag on saving money for college isn’t choosing the …

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Power of Compound Interest – A Case Study

Over at MarketWatch recently, was an interesting article entitled Make Your Kid Rich for $1 a Day. I’ll let you go over there and read the particulars if you are interested. However, I think that the concept provides a great way to study the phenomenon of compound interest, and the …

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Roth 401k and Roth 457 Plans

By now, many people are familiar with the basic concepts of a 401k retirement savings plan. But did you know there are different kinds of 401k plans? Do you know what a 457 plan is, or what its variation, the Roth 457 plan is? If you already have a good …

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Are Gold Mutual Funds a Good Way to Invest In Gold?

Recently, a client explained to me how he thought gold was a good investment and protection against inflation. I’m not going to talk today about if he is right or wrong. Instead, I’ll mention that his fabulous do it yourself investment solution was Fidelity’s Gold Fund. Good call? Gold Mutual …

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Russia Invades Ukraine

Thinking about your investments as war starts is kind of cold and calculating, but also perfectly natural. What should I do when Russia invades Ukraine? First, remember, investors do not like uncertainty. Nothing is more uncertain than the course of war. Expect a market downturn with every new development that …

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