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How to Minimize Taxes on Your Investments

Taxes are tangled web. So tangled, Will Rogers once quipped, “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

For the investor, taxes represent a real threat to wealth and a cost that must absolutely be controlled. And the only way to do this is to take deliberate steps not just to defer taxes,

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4 Rules for Financial Speculators

Speculation in financial markets carries a hugely negative connotation. For the broader economy, speculation, especially by Wall Street’s heavy hitters that control trillions of dollars in leveraged contracts, poses systemic threats.  For the individual investor, speculation poses the risk of large losses that may never be recuperated. In both cases,

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Battle of the Tech ETFs: TECL vs. XLK

Question from our mailbag: Which technology ETF is the better choice – TECL or XLK? – Victor in Kansas

It’s not surprising to see a high level of interest in the tech sector. Whether its the promise of cloud computing (NYSEARCA:SKYY), clean energy transportation (NYSEARCA:LIT), or improved cyber-security (NYSEARCA:HACK),

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Is it Time to Sell?

With 2018 already half over, the U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:SCHB) is outperforming its global peers, plus it still trades near all-time highs. Is it time for investors to cash in their equity holdings?

The perennially dilemma for investors and traders – right after when to buy – is but of course,

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Here’s What’s Driving Your Investment Returns

Although your investment results may seem random, they aren’t. In reality, your portfolio’s performance is directly influenced by a number of decisions you’ve consciously or unconsciously made.  Let’s examine the factors driving your returns.

Your Asset Mix
Back in the 1990s, Gary Brinson’s landmark study highlighted the acute impact of a portfolio’s returns by how its assets are distributed. 

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