Bond Protection Portfolios Most bond investors know that rising interest rates can cause huge losses in bond portfolios, regardless of whether we are talking individual bonds or bond funds. With bond prices still trying to recover from shocking declines last summer and this spring, our new Bond Protection portfolio, first offered in May, is attracting interest from high-net-worth investors. In this strategy we will apply hedging
Home Sales: Not The Logical World of Supply and Demand Generally speaking, the law of supply and demand dictates that when the supply of a certain item goes up, the price will come down. But not so with houses, it seems. The National Association of Realtors reports many months of rising inventories of home listings, yet prices in most areas are not yet backing off.
August 2005 Which Investments are Best for Your IRA? The latest tax law change has reduced the long-term capital gains tax and the tax on qualifying dividends to 15%. However, interest income, nonqualified dividends, and short-term capital gains will still be considered ordinary income and therefore taxed as high as 35%. In light of these changes, you may want to reevaluate which of your investments should
IRA beneficiaries. Tax Credits. Long Term Care. 12/22/2005 I recently met with a new client who I’ll call Charles. He brought in files for nine IRAs that he had accumulated over the past 20 years. He wanted me to review and consolidate them into one, easily manageable account. As I went through the files, I discovered that several accounts had different beneficiaries. Three named an
OK, What’s Next? SARS? Investors have waited nervously for the past 6 months while the war build up was underway, using it for an excuse to not invest. Now that the war has been settled, terrorists aren’t attacking in waves, and germ warfare didn’t materialize, what’s next for us to worry about? Some 'big picture' analysts are already beginning to paint a doomsday scenario