When and How to Pay Your Taxes

Tax efficiency is an important part of building wealth over the long term.  One simple, but often overlooked way to increase tax efficiency is to pay taxes no sooner than they are due.  A refund is actually the IRS paying…

Planning to Rollover Your 401k?

Have you ever had the pleasure of receiving an audit letter from the IRS? You walk back from your mailbox with the fearful nervousness that you may owe more in taxes than you had originally thought. You suddenly remember that…

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How to Choose Your Tax Withholding

At the beginning of every year it is a good idea for workers to update form W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.  The purpose of the form is to claim the appropriate number of exemptions for the employee’s particular situation so…

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Why Have US Stocks Performed So Well?

During 2011, in the midst of the federal debt showdown, there would have been very few investors who believed the S&P 500 would return 16% per year over the next five years, especially if they knew that company economic performance would…

Election Influences Stocks

How An Election Really Influences Markets

One of the oldest axioms about stocks is that markets don’t like uncertainty. This Presidential election cycle has been full of major surprises to say the least.  However, when you look back at how stocks have responded during Presidential election…

Saving Too Much in a Roth IRA?

Roth IRA’s will turn 20 years old next year after being established by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Named after the late Senator William Roth of Delaware, these accounts have become hugely popular. This is because of the special tax treatment they…

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