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Why Buy-And-Hold Can Save You BIG.

Don’t Miss Out, You’ll Regret It (Part 3)

Key Points

  • By holding a profitable investment for over a year before selling, an investor has the opportunity to significantly reduce the amount of taxes that he or she will have to pay.
  • By holding an investment indefinitely, an investor can hold off on paying taxes indefinitely.
  • By deferring the payment of taxes, capital can grow exponentially faster than otherwise.

There’s a reason why buy and hold investors tend to do well over the long-term. And it’s not so much to do with picking the right assets to invest in; but rather, it has to do with how stocks are taxed, in general. Knowing the finer details of how taxes work can save you big time. Here’s how.

Continue reading → Why Buy-And-Hold Can Save You BIG.

Don’t Miss Out, You’ll Regret It (Part 2)

Key Points

  • Solid financial plannings means taking care of any tax advantage you can.
  • However, it’s important to understand that most tax breaks have deadlines, meaning: you snooze, you lose.
  • The HSA could potentially be the best plan you never heard about.
  • This program allows you to potentially invest with pre-tax savings, and spend without taxes as well.

Continue reading → Don’t Miss Out, You’ll Regret It (Part 2)

Don’t Miss Out, You’ll Regret It (Part 1)

Key Points

  • Tax planning is not just about figuring out how much to pay the government, it’s also about ensuring that your investment plan is tax efficient based upon your short-term and long-term goals.
  • Investments typically generate income from three different sources: interest, dividends, and capital gains; and each source is taxed differently.
  • These differences should be taken into consideration when forming an investment plan, as federal taxes can range from 0% to upwards of 37%. Continue reading → Don’t Miss Out, You’ll Regret It (Part 1)

Behavioral Finance 101 (Part 1)

Key Points

  • Human behavior is subject to pervasive bias that rational observers would consider to be irrational.
  • Such irrational behavior is consistent with how investors often approach the financial markets, which over time can degrade investment returns.
  • Therefore, it behooves investors to better understand common behavioral biases when making investment decisions.
  • As an example, overconfidence can lead investors to overestimate their ability to beat The Street.

Continue reading → Behavioral Finance 101 (Part 1)

Passive is the New Aggressive (Part 7)

Key Points

  • Research suggests that less than one percent of professional active manages are “skilled” at what they do.
  • Given this, the odds of picking a solid active manager is not just slightly worse than a coin toss; in fact, the chances are closer to slim to none.
  • Therefore, a passive investing strategy may be more sensible over the long run for most investors.

Continue reading → Passive is the New Aggressive (Part 7)