The author of today’s article calls it “one of the more underutilized strategies for taxable investment accounts”. That strategy? Tax-loss harvesting, whereby poor performers are sold at a loss in order to offset that year’s capital gains – and lessen one’s tax burden. The author proceeds to identify areas that may offer the best opportunities to exploit the tax-loss harvesting strategy for 2017 – and how “tax-loss harvesting doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing strategy.” To read more, CLICK HERE.
For retirees looking for income streams, today’s article highlights a trio of energy stocks to consider. Not only does each of these stocks pay an above-average yield but, more importantly, the author notes that the dividends are low risk as the businesses in question all generate predictable cash flows, have strong balance sheets, can cover their current dividends with room to spare and have clear growth prospects – and, thus, the ability to increase payouts going forward. For these three energy stocks, CLICK HERE.
According to the American College of Financial Services, Americans are not particularly knowledgeable about how to preserve their accumulated assets and create sustainable streams of income in retirement. As such, the central question of today’s article is “How do you convert your nest egg into a stream of retirement income that lasts as long as you do?” The author outlines four ways to go about doing so – whether you are willing to hand your money over to someone else, or want to hang on to it yourself. To read more, CLICK HERE.
A real estate investment trust that is required to pay out the bulk of its profits as dividends (and whose management anticipates 4% annual dividend growth over the next 3 years), a well-run Canadian pipeline giant that is likely to increase its payout significantly in the coming quarters, and a renewable energy focused yieldco whose management expects 12% to 15% dividend growth through 2022 are the three stocks highlighted in today’s article that could be prime picks for a retirement portfolio. CLICK HERE for more.
The energy sector has had a rough year – and the five energy-focused closed-end funds highlighted in today’s article have gotten beaten up right along with it. For the contrarian investor, then, the author of today’s article advises that “if you think 2018 is going to be oil’s year and you want a big income stream while you wait for the market to realize the commodity’s potential, these are the funds for you.” For these five funds – each of which offers a yield above 10% – CLICK HERE.
How do you compare to the average American when it comes to your household income (and household debt), charitable giving, 401(k) balance, personal savings rate, and other key financial metrics? Today’s article outlines “10 Financial Statistics of the Average American” – including the aforementioned five – so that you can find out. To see where you are financially average, above average and below average, CLICK HERE.
Despite concerns that the Republican tax plan would deliver a major blow to retirement savers by dramatically reducing how much they could stash away in their 401(k)s each year, that provision has not come to pass. So retirement savers can breathe a sigh of relief…right? Not necessarily. The author of today’s article warns that “while it’s good that Republicans backed off on their idea to crimp 401(k) accounts, retirees—and soon-to-be retirees—should not think they’re out of the woods. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are now proposing a new cash grab.” To read more, CLICK HERE.
“While the post-work years can truly be golden for those who plan for them, many retirees are caught off guard by the facts of their new life,” warns the author of today’s article. He proceeds to outline several facts about retirement that, while not necessarily fun facts, are things that he believes those approaching retirement should be cognizant of before leaving the workforce for good. To read more, CLICK HERE.
They correctly forecasted last decade’s financial crisis and its devastating effects on many Americans – and now they are getting nervous about another meltdown when the current bull market ends. Today’s article goes to three market skeptics – including Yale economist Robert Shiller, who warned of a “catastrophic collapse of the housing and stock markets” three years before the ’08 crash – for their take on stocks, when the bull market may end, what might be the trigger – and investments they like right now. For more, CLICK HERE.
With retirement comes a shift from receiving a consistent paycheck to needing to tap your various income streams to cover your various expenses – and the author of today’s article argues that “this shift requires a new investment strategy and mindset.” In order to develop this strategy and mindset, she advises to think of retirement as consisting of three unique stages – the “Go Go” years, the “Slow Go” years, and the “No Go” years – and outlines “five key areas” to address when it comes to planning for each of these stages. For more, CLICK HERE.