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How to Pick an Investment Advisor

It’s a question financial experts get all the time: how should I chose an investment advisor?

The number of people offering some form of financial advice is growing fast. According to Smart Money, “the ranks financial planners, college aid advisers, mortgage brokers and more are expected to increase by 30% by 2018, to 271,200” per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Obviously some of those 271,000 people will be better than others. So how do you find the right advisor? Continue reading

Tax Loss Harvesting: Making Lemonade from Lemons

This is a guest post by Steve Thorpe

Would you invest a few short hours to reduce this year’s taxes by $1,000 or more?  For investors with taxable investment accounts, this is often possible by taking advantage of tax loss harvesting (TLH). This perfectly legal strategy makes lemonade from lemons, allowing Uncle Sam to share part of the pain of the losses inevitably experienced by investors at some points during their investing career

Between now and the end of the year is a good time to review your portfolio to see if any of your holdings are in the red. If so, you might be able to use those losses to help lower your 2010 tax bill.

In this article I’ll review:

  1. How to harvest a tax loss and under what circumstances you might want to.
  2. Why you need to keep track of what your investments cost in the first place.
  3. How to properly rebalance your portfolio after a sale, without triggering undesirable tax consequences.
  4. The way investments look from a tax perspective: short-term losses can be more valuable than long-term losses. But hold onto gains at least a year and a day.

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