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Are you still waiting on tax forms? It can happen. While many forms are required to be sent out by specific dates, there are a lot of reasons why you might now have received your tax forms yet. But it’s stressful – when you don’t have all your forms you can’t really file your taxes. […]
I’m highlighting this again because it can impact so many investors during tax season: If you own a REIT, chances are you love the fact that they pay great dividends, but hate the fact that at tax time, you have to wait for a corrected 1099 to come in March. The reason for this is […]
Last week’s end of May sell-off in anticipation of possible interest rate changes by the Fed has made for some interesting investment opportunities. When people panic-sell, they don’t think about the true value of investing – instead, they are looking to lock-in a profit or avoid losing a little bit of cash. But long term investors should […]
Timber prices run hot and cold, but for right now, the timber trade is absolutely on. This year, Weyerhaeuser Company (WY) –the largest company in the timber business – has logged an impressive 40% return. Can Weyerhaeuser ride the waves in timber to a record valuation? What Drives Weyerhaeuser Weyerhaeuser is much larger than its […]
It seems like just yesterday we were filing our tax returns are wrapping up the 2011 year (unless you’re Mitt Romney, who still hasn’t filed his 2011 taxes). However, there is no better time than the present to start thinking about ways to minimize your 2012 taxes. Because we all hate paying taxes, and there […]
Real estate investment trusts are a favorite among cash flow-seeking investors. By law, REITs must return 90% of their operating earnings back to shareholders in the form of dividends. While this similarity makes REITs look like cookie-cutter investments, they are anything but. Let’s run through the several different types of mortgage REIT investments: Agency Mortgage […]
If you’ve read The College Student’s Guide to Investing, you know that an IRA is a great way to get started investing. And, you may have seen the 5 Worst IRA Mistakes Made Everyday. Today, I want to talk about the best ways to maximize your potential return in your IRA. First, it is important […]
Earlier this week, the Treasury announced that it will begin selling its portfolio of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (also known as agency paper). The sales will start this month, and will be subject to market conditions. It is estimated that selling the holding could result in a profit of as […]