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2016 It's A Good Year To Take Losses

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:38:00 -0500

Tax loss harvesting may be more valuable this year than next.


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7 Stock Moves To Watch In 2017: Chipotle, Under Armour And More

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what will happen to stocks next year? So, we thought it would be useful to try to pick out 7 stocks that could have shocking moves in 2017.


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Finding Satisfaction At The Office During The Holidays

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:33:00 -0500

I love this time of year in the Northeast. Fall doesn’t fade into winter; rather, it slowly but surely presents a magnificent symphony of changes for all of those who are willing to stop for a minute and admire them. From the crispness in the air to the explosion of [...]


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Ocado's 'Basket Case' Amid Supermarket Takeover Target Potential

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:42:00 -0500

Ocado, the only UK ‘supermarket’ in the UK without a bricks and mortar stores presence, today posted another strong period of sales growth in its fourth quarter trading statement. But the average basket size is the ‘red flag’ that might have investors a little worried as the share price declined [...]


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What Most People Blew Their Budget On In 2016

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:00:00 -0500

Your eating habits are doing a number on your bank account, says a new study. But these tips can help you tackle food cost creep.


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5 Retirement Planning Tips For Small Business Owners

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:52:00 -0500

Many small business owners should save more for retirement. Here's how.


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How Will Higher Construction Spending Impact The Sherwin-Williams-Valspar Merger?

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:16:00 -0500

The Census Bureau last week announced that construction spending rose in the month of October by 3.4% over last October’s figure. For the first 10 months of 2016, the seasonally adjusted annual construction spending estimate came in at $1.173 trillion, a 4.5% increase over the same 10-month period in 2015. [...]


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How To Revive Your Finances If You've Already Blown Your Holiday Budget

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500

Here comes Santa Claus...along with a pile of bills if you don't get your spending under control. Our 4-point plan shows you how.


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Getting Into The Market's Santa Claus Rally

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:25:00 -0500

Good job numbers and other economic indicators, like nice Thanksgiving sales, and the prospect of tax cuts ahead are propelling the market into a Santa Claus rally. Here are the rally's inner workings revealed.


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Five Reasons You Need A Will (Even If The Estate Tax Is Repealed)!

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:11:00 -0500

Earlier this year, the world lost pop music icon Prince. He left behind an incredible legacy—but no instructions about how his estate should be handled after his passing. Prince died without a will, and it could take years for his family and the courts to sort out his posthumous affairs. A [...]



Want To Follow Your Donation In Real Time? Bitcoin Non-Profit BitGive Launches Donation Tracker

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

The platform, GiveTrack, will help move funds more quickly, lower costs, improve transparency and address issues of fraud.


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The One Thing You Should Do To Ease Your Stock Market Jitters

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

Shutterstock What if every quarter you received a statement from your mortgage company that not only showed how much you've paid on your mortgage but also exactly what your house was worth and whether it had gone up or down in value since the last quarter? Would you be more inclined [...]


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Ask Larry: ​​Should My Wife File Early So I Can Collect A Free Spousal Benefit?

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500

Today’s column examines potential filing pitfalls, potential best strategies for a married couple, filing with young children and a public pension, available benefits and the availability of lump sum payment options.


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In This Floundering Housing Market, Should You Buy Or Rent?

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Meg Perritt, who relocated from Delaware to West Chester, PA, was temporarily living with her in-laws and struggling to find the right home in the area. Frustrated, she turned to Philadelphia real estate agent Karen Dougherty of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices who she found from online rental listing service Rental Beast. Understanding [...]


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Should You Trade On Trump's Tweets?

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 07:59:00 -0500

Donald Trump loves to tweet. Sure he stopped for a few days before the election but now that he is President-Elect, his tweets are back and some of them are moving stock prices. Should you trade on Trump's tweets? Probably not. (I have no financial interest in the stocks mentioned in [...]


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How To 'Shoplift' Legally With Amazon

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:30:00 -0500

Thanks to Amazon Go, grocery shopping is about to get a whole lot easier.


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Prosecutors Pay Bitcoin Ransom, Yet IRS Targets Coinbase Data

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 02:30:00 -0500

IRS wants to know who is using Bitcoin and in what amounts. So much for anonymity. Meanwhile, even the government seems to be paying Bitcoin ransom.


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Mandatory IRA Distributions: Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:55:00 -0500

RMDs are required starting at age 70 1/2 and while this sounds simple on the surface, it's actually pretty convoluted because the math changes each year and if you make a mistake IRS penalties can be as high as 50%. There are 3 BIG RMD mistakes you need to make sure you avoid.


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The Salary Chronicles: How I Negotiated My First $18K Consulting Contract

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:56:00 -0500

Starting your own business takes confidence in your work, but how do you keep that confidence when your first client tries to get you to cut your price by nearly 50%? This woman negotiated a creative solution to her pricing problem.


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How To Avoid Credit Card Debt This Holiday Season

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:04:00 -0500

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Americans have started accumulating credit card debt once again. A recent report from the Federal Reserverevealed that total credit card debt of $747 billion is the highest in over six years. And a recent survey from MagnifyMoneyindicated that 26% of Americans are planning to add more debt [...]


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Here's Why Robot Labor Is Best For Everyone

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500

Jobs don’t disappear because greedy capitalists replace people with robots. Businesses turn to robots because consumers want lower prices than can be achieved with human workers.


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What I Learned From Buying A Tiny Home

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:58:00 -0500

When you think about buying a home, you probably don’t envision a house that’s 120 square feet. In fact, the average person probably imagines a house that is many times that size. But for some, owning (and oftentimes building) a tiny home is an ideal way to live. While there’s [...]


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Why Millennials Flock To Fintech For Personal Investing

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:49:00 -0500

Fintech firms are swapping out investment advisers for financial robots, and passing along the savings.


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Fintech 50 2016: Personal FinanceFintech 50 2016: Personal FinanceActivehoursBettermentCredit KarmaEarnestEarnUpEllevestMetromilePersonal CapitalPointQapitalSoFiTalaTrueAccord

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:49:00 -0500

Mobile app allows worker to get a portion of his paycheck, for hours already worked, deposited into his bank account before payday, with the fee for this advance set by the user.

Robo-advisor manages ETF portfolios designed to fit investor’s goals and risk tolerance, for a sliding fee, usually 0.25% of assets a year. Recently launched managed 401(k) product.

Offers consumers free credit scores and credit monitoring plus recommendations for credit cards and loans they’re likely to qualify for and streamlined applications for those loans. Site will soon add access to mortgage comparisons and Goldman Sachs’ new Marcus consumer lending platform.

Marketplace lender expanded from personal loans into student loan refinancing in 2015. Has made more than $1 billion in total loans thanks to novel underwriting (it crunches up to 100,000 data points) and a feature allowing users to set repayment schedules to match their budgets.

Service links to customers’ bank accounts and tracks income and expenses, making micro-payments towards debt whenever the customer can afford it. EarnUp figures it will save users an average of $22,000 in interest over the life of a mortgage and $4,000 on student loans.

Second generation robo-advisor site designed for, and largely by, women.Asset allocation factors in specific goals (for each pot of money), plus women’s longer lives and lower average pay.

Five year old auto insurer offers novel pricing that combines a low, flat monthly fee with a charge per mile driven, tracked by a device plugged into a car’s diagnostic system and transmitted to the company by cell network. The full story is here.

Offers its 10,000 paying customers a combination of computerized portfolio management and human financial advisors (available by phone, email and video) for 0.89% of assets a year on the first $1 million, with a minimum investment of $25,000.

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How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:42:00 -0500

You’re feeling confident about the progress you made this year on your goal to save for a house. But as the year winds down and the holiday season approaches, you suddenly find it hard to stay on track and keep up the savings momentum. You’re not alone. According to the [...]


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Chances Are, You're Not Using Your Rewards Credit Card Correctly

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:29:00 -0500

Despite the increase level of credit card incentives, banks continue to feel safe about the profitability of new cards. We explore the reasons for this – chief of which is the fact that cardholders are not using all the rewards the issuers have to offer.


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Lessons One Baby Boomer Learned From Five Months As A Nomad

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:18:00 -0500

Five months after he sold everything and began traveling abroad, Chuck Bolotin offers lessons he's learned.


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The Hottest Holiday Gift This Season? College Savings Contributions

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500

A new survey reveals parents want their kids to receive tuition help over toys. Here are 3 ways to contribute cash for college.


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Divorcing Women: Don't Lose Out On Funds You're Entitled To

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:32:00 -0500

Divorcing Women: Don’t Lose Out On Funds You’re Entitled To When they imagine how their divorce negotiations will go, couples tend to think about the largest marital assets first. They usually discuss who’ll get the houses, cars, furniture, etc. Then, they deliberate over how cash can be split.



Ask Larry: ​Will ​I Be Slammed By ​ Deeming If I File ​Early​?​

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500

Today’s column takes up the deeming provision, filing early and spousal benefits, widow's benefits at 60, taxes on benefits and filing strategy in the face of a bad medical diagnosis.


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