Love & Money: Financial Talks For Every Stage Of Your Relationship

Love & Money: Financial Talks For Every Stage Of Your Relationship

    When do you start talking about money in a relationship? While financial compatibility in a relationship is important, no one wants to explain their 10-year student loan payment plan on a first date. Nevertheless, money habits (especially the less-than-favorable...

What 2020 Taught Us About The Stock Market

What 2020 Taught Us About The Stock Market

    2020 was brutal in many ways: Nearly400,000 Americans were killed by COVID-19. Unemployment peaked at 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression. Hundreds of thousands of businesses failed, and entire industries, such as travel and restaurants, were devastated....

How To Cut Your Taxes, And Boost Your Dividends, Like The 1%

How To Cut Your Taxes, And Boost Your Dividends, Like The 1%

    Now that the Democrats control the House, Senate and the White House, you’re probably wondering what the new administration means for your tax bill—and your portfolio. There’s good news here, and it comes in two parts: first, the tax hit likely won’t be as much as...

Is Inflation About to Take Off? That’s the Wrong Question

Is Inflation About to Take Off? That’s the Wrong Question

    Some analogies can help in assessing the risks: a yo-yo, hungry bears, a sloshing bathtub and a reflating balloon. The warnings that higher inflation lurks around the corner are starting to show up everywhere. They are appearing in some business surveys, with...

The Most Overlooked Flaw In Your Retirement Plan And How To Fix It

The Most Overlooked Flaw In Your Retirement Plan And How To Fix It

    Suzy rings up another customer in a party supply store. Surrounded by bright, bouncing balloons celebrating everything from anniversaries to birthdays, Suzy scans a bag of blue plastic spoons while speaking to a friend.  Leaning across the checkout counter between...

Checklist 2020 Planning Follow Through: You Have More Work To Do

Checklist 2020 Planning Follow Through: You Have More Work To Do

    2020 estate planning was a wild ride! Throngs of wealthy Americans had their advisers assist them with all types of planning. Much of the planning was based on the fear that the Democrats would control Congress and pass harsh tax legislation. Regardless of the...

It’s Easier to Get a Tax Deduction for Donations This Year

It’s Easier to Get a Tax Deduction for Donations This Year

Under the pandemic relief program, taxpayers can deduct up to $300, even if they take the standard deduction. And even if $300 doesn’t sound like much, it’s “a big deal” to the needy. Thinking of making a donation to a charitable cause before the end of the year? This...

5 Reasons To Believe Stocks Will Gain In 2021

5 Reasons To Believe Stocks Will Gain In 2021

Michael Foster ContributorInvesting I write on high yield assets that deliver a reliable income stream. Stocks are up—and so are coronavirus cases. And right on cue, I’m hearing from plenty of investors asking if now is the time to sell and lock in their gains. No...