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Deducting Interest Paid – February 2016

Among the itemized deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040, you’ll find “Interest You Paid.” As you get your records together for tax preparation, you should realize that not all interest can be deducted on your return. Interest you paid last year on credit card debt generally isn’t deductible, for example.

February 2016|Categories: Newsletters

Deducting Taxes Paid – January 2016

When you file your 2015 federal income tax this year, you can take a standard deduction. For 2015, that’s $6,300 for single taxpayers and for married individuals filing separately; $12,600 for couples filing jointly and for certain widow(er)s; and $9,250 for those filing as heads of household. The beauty of taking the standard deduction is that it’s simple: There’s no need to gather information and scant risk of triggering an audit.

January 2016|Categories: Newsletters

Investing for the Long Term – December 2015

August 2015 was a brutal month for stocks. There were constant reports that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down hundreds of points for the day, even down by 1000 points during one daily trading session. Ultimately, where do you think August 2015 wound up as far as historical comparisons? As bad as the crash of late 2008? Or even the subsequent bottom of early 2009?

December 2015|Categories: Newsletters

Will the Third Shoe Drop? – November 2015

As of this writing, major U.S. stock market indexes are extremely volatile. They’re in the negative column for 2015, but that could change by the time this issue goes to press. In any case, it’s likely that stock market values in late 2015 will still be much higher than they were in the dark days of early 2009.

November 2015|Categories: Newsletters

Cons and Pros of Roth IRAs – October 2015

Annual contributions to IRAs, includingRoth IRAs, are now capped at $5,500($6,500 if you’re 50 or older). RothIRA contributions aren’t tax deductible,they’re available only to workers and theirspouses, and they’re off-limits to high-income taxpayers.

October 2015|Categories: Newsletters

Past Losses Offer Winning Opportunities – September 2015

For nearly two decades, investors have been riding a stock market roller coaster. The late 1990s tech stock boom turned into a bust in the early years of this century, as the Dow Jones Total Stock Market Index fell by nearly 45%. After a real estate-led recovery pushed stocks to new highs, a real estate collapse dropped that index more than 50% from 2007 to 2008. Since then, the index has nearly tripled; as of this writing, U.S. stocks are near record levels.

September 2015|Categories: Newsletters