taxes

Portfolio Report Card: A $671,459 Retirement Plan with Taxing Problems

In this new and first episode of the Portfolio Report Card, Ron DeLegge, Founder at ETFguide analyzes and grades a $671,459 retirement portfolio for B.L. in Spokane, WA. Many investors still don’t understand the difference between an architecturally sound investment portfolio versus one that’s not. And the Portfolio Report Card is designed to identify strengths …

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Retirement Pro: Think Cash Flow, Not Rate of Return

This is an excerpt from the video titled Think Cash Flow, NOT Rate of Return with Lynn Dolan at ETFguide and Mark Mappa, CFP and Author of Cash Flow is King. Lynn: Cash flow is important for everyone. But it’s especially important for retirees as income from working turns off and income from retirement savings …

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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 …

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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 …

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Avoiding the Mutual Fund Tax Trap

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) observed a problem that our readers have long known: mutual funds have a major structural flaw that exposes shareholders to unwanted and unnecessary tax liabilities. Moreover, this flaw should be of acute interest to anybody anywhere that owns a mutual fund – even ones that purport to …

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Portfolio Rebalancing: Should You Do It?

Everything in life that surrounds you requires maintenance. This includes your home, your automobile, the software application on your mobile device, and even your health. Unfortunately, your job for maintaining stuff doesn’t stop there. Why? Because your investments – whether they are held in taxable accounts or tax-deferred retirement accounts like IRAs, 401(k), and 403(b) …

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3 Risks that Could Derail Your Retirement Plan

Funding your retirement is a big financial obligation that no one can escape. How big? While other expenses like paying for college education or a home are also large, they aren’t necessarily in the same league. Why? Because buying a home or paying for a family member’s education isn’t something we necessarily have to do. …

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This Multi-Trillion Dollar Freight Train is Due for Arrival

This year’s presidential election has been so drenched with public bickering and controversy, it’s left very little airtime for the multi-million freight train that’s on course to crash everybody’s party: U.S. public debt. In July, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that federal debt held by the public skyrocketed to 75% of U.S. GDP compared to …

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Portfolio Report Card: A $294,439 Retirement Plan with a Tax Threat

Some of us got started late at saving and investing for retirement. And while the financial services industry enjoys browbeating people who lack discipline, got distracted or got into trouble and temporarily paused saving money, I think empathy is due when empathy is warranted. This week’s Portfolio Report Card is for K.E., a 60-year old …

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6 Really Bad and Sad Portfolio Types

We live in a Golden Era of misaligned investment portfolios. These are rogue, poorly designed portfolios (401k, IRA, Roth IRA, UGMA, 529 plans, etc.) that are architecturally unsound. And for whatever reason, the people who own them are intent on self-destruction. The Portfolio Report Card method I invented for analyzing and grading portfolios uncovers most …

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Slow Turtle

Portfolio Report Card: A $408,303 Retirement Account Stuck in First Gear

World-class investment portfolios deliberately minimize taxes and investment costs. Likewise, a well-built portfolio is handcrafted to perfectly match the unique investor personality of the individual. Since May, I’ve already executed Portfolio Report Cards on $10.6 million in investments and too many investors are still coming up short. This time around, my latest Portfolio Report Card is for S.G., …

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Falling Bricks

A $725,000 Portfolio on Shaky Ground

Having a six or seven figure sized investment portfolio doesn’t automatically make it smart. Such is the case with a $725,000 investment portfolio that I recently graded. An investment Portfolio Report Card request was made to me by a mid-40s software engineer who described himself as an “aggressive investor.” Software is a pretty aggressive business and …

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