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Is Tax Loss Harvesting Worth It?

Introduction After a rough year in the market, it’s rare an investor didn’t experience losses. How you treat those losses come tax time can mean a lot in the long run of your financial plan. “Good portfolio management focuses on after tax rate of returns,” says Ballast Advisors Managing partner Paul Parnell. Tax harvesting is … Read more

Checklists for Year-End Tax Planning

What are appropriate checklists for year-end tax planning? Tax planners often develop checklists to guide taxpayers toward year-end strategies that might help reduce taxes. Typically, suggestions are grouped into several different categories, such as “Filing Status” or “Employee Matters,” for ease of reading. When year-end approaches, it might be wise to review each suggestion under … Read more

How to Minimize Taxes During Market Downturns

 Market downturns, like the one through the first half of 2022, could be a good time to adjust your fund portfolio to minimize the tax bite. Here’s how to calculate the best ways to do that – now and in the future.  Taxable accounts you hold longer than a year incur long-term capital gains taxes … Read more

Don’t Get Rid of Dividend-Paying Stocks Just Yet

  “Money makes money. And the money that money makes, makes money.”  Since the beginning of the year, economists and pundits seem united in the belief that economic growth will continue to contract, propelling inflation and interest rates to levels that we haven’t seen in years. When the Federal Reserve lifts the fed funds rate … Read more

CHIPs and Science Act Aims to Preserve U.S. Technology Edge

The CHIPs and Science Act of 2022, signed into law on August 9, is a bipartisan legislation package that provides more than $50 billion in direct financial assistance for semiconductor companies to increase U.S.-based design, research, and manufacturing capabilities. In addition, the legislation authorizes nearly$170 billion in federal funding over five years for research and … Read more

What Should You Do as Markets Flirt with Bears?

The standard definition of a bear market is when major U.S. stock indices, such as the S&P 500, drop by 20% or more from their peak. And 5+ months into 2022, we see NASDAQ and the smaller-cap Russell 2000 both in the grips of a bear and the DJIA and S&P 500 darting just outside … Read more

Federal Student Loan Repayment Postponed for Sixth Time

Federal Student Loan Repayment Postponed for Sixth Time On April 6, the U.S. Department of Education announced a record sixth extension for federal student loan repayment, interest, and collections, through August 31, 2022.1 The fifth payment pause was set to end on April 30, 2022. The six extensions have postponed federal student loan payments for almost … Read more

Watch Out for These Common Tax Scams

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), tax scams tend to increase during tax season and/or times of crisis.1 Now that tax season is in full swing, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to use caution and avoid becoming the victim of a fraudulent tax scheme. Here are some of the most common tax scams to watch … Read more

Is the Russia-Ukraine War a Threat to the Global Economy?

Before Russia stunned the world by invading Ukraine, it was widely believed that the economic ties formed through globalization would help promote peace. But the war is testing that assumption and drawing attention to the vulnerabilities in far-flung supply chains, which were already under pressure because of the pandemic and recovery. In response to the … Read more