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Kiplinger's Personal Finance

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Last Build Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:10:03 GMT


Retirees, Take a Midyear Tax Checkup

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If any of the following changes are part of your life this year, the tax impact may be far more significant than anything Congress does.

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Do This Before Including 'Factors' in Your Portfolio

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The best and brightest research on investing may sound like a sure thing, but before venturing off into Ph.D.-level academia, investors should master personal finance 101. It could deliver a better payoff.

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With Social Security and Taxes, Make Sure You're Getting the Right Advice

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When you should start taking your benefits and how your provisional income affects your taxes are two critical pieces of the retirement puzzle. To make the right moves, you need to look at the big picture.

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3 Small-Cap Stocks With Sizable Dividends

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Small-cap stocks took it on the chin last week as North Korean tensions had investors running as fast as they could from anything that wasn't the bluest of blue chips.

The Russell 2000 Index lost 2.7% in the five days of trading between Aug. 7 and Aug. 11, its worst week since February 2016. Now up just 3% year to date compared to 10% for the S&P 500, the flight to quality is threatening to leave small caps on the outside looking in.

Investors who love dividend stocks rarely buy small-cap stocks because they're interested in consistent dividend growth, something smaller companies often can't provide.

In the ninth year of a bull market, the price-to-earnings ratio of the S&P 600 SmallCap Index, like most indexes, has risen dramatically since 2011.

That said, it doesn't mean there aren't small caps worth owning that pay a sizable dividend and are still growing.

Here are my three best ideas of small-cap stocks worth owning.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on August 14, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

SEE ALSO FROM KIPLINGER: 7 Reliable Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

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7 Companies Warren Buffett Should Buy Now

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The calls for Warren Buffett to start paying a dividend continue to get louder as Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A, BRK.B) piles up the cash.

With almost $100 billion in cash as of June 30, Buffett faces a similar problem that successful money managers face when they have too much money to invest and not enough good opportunities to put the funds to work. It's a problem that could become quite severe if Buffett doesn't hurry up the pace of M&A transactions -- something I discussed before its Aug. 4 earnings release.

I thought Berkshire Hathaway would deliver more than $107 billion in cash in Q2 2017; its cash stash came in at $99.7 billion, a stone's throw from triple digits. You can expect the company to go over $100 billion in the third or fourth quarter barring any significant deals that close in time.

Frankly, it might be wiser for Buffett to spin off $30 billion of the excess cash plus McLane Company, its wholesale distribution business. The separately traded company would be run by his chosen (but yet unnamed) successor, which would allow it to begin succession planning while buying some smaller businesses that might not fit the Berkshire Hathaway M&A criteria.

What businesses might those be? Here are seven companies Warren Buffett should buy now, all of them with market values of less than $20 billion.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on August 14, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

SEE ALSO FROM KIPLINGER: Quiz: How Well Do You Really Know Warren Buffett

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