Tame Your Capital Gains Tax Bite

A cornerstone of smart tax planning is year-round management of your property sales and purchases. And a key component of this activity is knowing that the resulting sale of a home, stock or collectible creates a taxable gain or loss with varying tax implications. The savvy taxpayer understands that the correct capital gain approach can…

IRS okays home equity deductions

As we previously reported, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected the tax deduction for interest paid on home equity debt as of 2018. Under prior law, you could deduct interest on up to $100,000 of home equity debt, no matter how you used the money. The old rule is scheduled to return…

Weighing the risks of bond funds

Most portfolio allocations call for a mix of stocks (equities) and bonds (fixed income). The underlying theory is that stocks may deliver substantial results over the long term, whereas bonds contribute interest income and lower volatility. As we’ve seen in recent years, stocks can be extremely risky but have recovered from periodic setbacks. Bonds offer…

Investing In 2018: Dividend Stocks

As of this writing, it appears that 2018 may be a difficult year for investors. Yields on bonds, bank accounts, money market funds, and other savings vehicles are extremely low, with questionable prospects for substantial increases. Stock market indexes, on the other hand, are at or near record levels. In essence, relatively low-risk places to…