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Think Twice Before Reacting to Market News

Key Takeaways There WILL be a stock market correction at some point in the future. The right portfolio design will help prevent you from being too aggressive (or too cautious) in all market environments. The evidence is clear that corrections cannot be reliably predicted. The market constantly schemes to convince investors to change their portfolio […]

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Planning Your Financial Future One “Step” At a Time

Key Takeaways Stepping up the cost basis of your assets can be a good planning tool when determining what assets to sell in your lifetime. If possible, consider passing taxable assets with large unrealized gains to your heirs. Assets that receive no step up include those held in any retirement accounts or annuities An investor […]

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A Nerve-Rattling Snake Tale

I’ve written before about how gut instincts and rapid reflexes – behavioral factors – can do you in as an otherwise sensible investor. The other day, I was reminded that, in other walks of life, those instincts aren’t such a bad idea. Like if you encounter a real, live rattlesnake. I had been fishing with […]

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Research Confirms Actively Managed Funds Struggle to Outperform

High costs and portfolio turnover remain key drags on performance over time. Key Takeaways Most actively managed funds do not outperform their benchmarks over time. These mediocre results are heavily influenced by high costs and high turnover. A strong track record one year has little bearing on whether good results persist into the future. When […]

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The German Connection

Key Takeaways A small, but growing cadre of advisors in Germany is moving away from the commission-based compensation model in order to serve their clients better. It’s rewarding to help talented advisors in other countries adopt our philosophy of putting the client’s best interest first and foremost, and accept the role of a fiduciary. Thanks […]

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Over 70 and Charitably Inclined? Don’t Miss This No-Brainer Tax Break!

Key Takeaways A qualifying charitable distribution (QCD) allows you to donate up to $100,000 per year directly to a qualified charity from your IRA and exclude it from income. QCDs can enable you to give to charity and shield some or all of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from taxes. QCDs require your contribution to go directly from […]

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Airbnb and Tax-Free Income: What You Need to Know

The rising popularity of online home-sharing sites such as Airbnb, Homeaway and FlipKey have made vacations and other out-of-town trips more affordable than ever for travelers. If your hometown is hosting a major concert, national event or sporting event like the NFL Draft’s recent stop in Philadelphia, owners can rent out their residences at attractive […]

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