SearchingFaster.net

Blog

Tax Planning Basics

0

Tax Planning Basics

3 Ways to Reduce Your Taxes The goal of tax planning is to arrange your financial affairs so as to minimize your taxes. There are three basic ways to reduce your taxes, and each basic method might have several variations. You can reduce your income, increase your deductions, and take advantage of tax credits.
(more…)

February 16, 2014 |

Have Index Funds Become Too Popular?

0

One of the biggest market debates in recent weeks pertains to a question that has flummoxed investors for years: should I put all of my money in broad-based index funds or try to beat the market by investing actively in stocks? It seems that after the 2008 market crash index funds have won — more than $3 trillion in assets are now invested in index funds, according to industry trade group Investment Company Institute. Major U.S. markets are ending 2013 in record territory; the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 20% since Jan. 1 while the S&P 500 Index has gained 25% year-to-date.

Americans Have Never Been So Wealthy: Really!?!
(more…)

February 16, 2014 |

Don’t let a fear of stocks cost you in retirement

0

I don’t trust the stock market, so I have all my savings in money-market accounts. I plan to work another 10 years before I retire, however, so where can I invest to earn a higher return without too much risk? — David H., Winona, Minn.

You’re not alone in your wariness about stocks. Even as most investors cheered when the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed into record territory this week, some reacted with trepidation. (more…)

February 16, 2014 |

Donate Car For Tax Credit

0

Tax benefits of donating a vehicle

Tax Benefits Of Donating A Vehicle

You’ve seen the ads: “Donate your car and get a tax break.” Technically, that’s true.

More On Tax Deductions:
  • IRS’ website directory of charities
  • Standard or itemized tax deduction?
  • Standard tax deduction amounts

(more…)

February 16, 2014 |

‘Help! I’m in my late 40s, with no retirement savings’

0

I’m in my late 40s, single and have no idea of how to prepare for retirement. My employer offers health insurance, but no retirement plan. I don’t want to have to rely just on Social Security. Please help. — Maria, Ohio

The fact that you’re getting a late start makes retirement planning more of a challenge. The lack of a 401(k) or similar plan at your job doesn’t help either. (more…)

February 16, 2014 |

Fidelity and BlackRock join forces in ETF fee war

0

As ETF providers remain engaged in a fee war, BlackRock and its iShares unit are trying a different tack.

BlackRock (BLK, Fortune 500) announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Fidelity Investments to more than double the number of commission-free iShares ETFs Fidelity offers to 65.

With more than 600 funds and $700 billion of assets under management, iShares is the world’s largest ETF provider.

Fidelity first began offering 25 comission-free iShares ETFs in 2010, and the following year, it added 5 more. Other ETFs can be bought and sold for a commission fee of $7.95 per trade.
(more…)

February 16, 2014 |

Secrets of How To Get a Good Credit Score

0

So is 800 a good credit score? Well according to Fair Isaac (developer of FICO) only 13% of Americans have a credit score above 800. When you consider the national average is 692 and the median is 723, being in the 800 and over crowd is an exclusive club indeed. But how do you get there?
(more…)

February 16, 2014 |
Privacy Policy, © 2014 SearchingFaster.net