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thinkorswim Challenge: Simulated Trading Offers Real Rewards

thinkorswim Challenge: Simulated Trading Offers Real Rewards

Talk about looking good on paper. Three students from Queens College just turned a simulated $500,000 into $2.636 million in four weeks during this year’s thinkorswim Challenge. It’s the biggest trading win in the competition’s four-year history. Daniel Baruch, Max Fruchter, and Shlomo Sandler of CUNY Queens College in Flushing, New York, saw a 427.2% increase in their ...

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Form 1099 OID - Original Issue Discount
December 7, 2017

Form 1099 OID - Original Issue Discount

You pay for what you get! Yep – heard that one before. Ever hear the phrase “Report on what you don’t get”? Yeah – I haven’t either, but it applies to this topic so now...

Financial Planning to Meet Your Life Goals
December 1, 2017

Financial Planning to Meet Your Life Goals

Do you have some financial goals in life? Want to buy a house? Send the kids to college? Retire? To help fulfill those dreams, you need a financial plan. Maybe you’re ...

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Wash Sale Tax Rules
November 28, 2017

Wash Sale Tax Rules

Let’s test your tax-filing knowledge. Myth or fact? Brokers track your wash sales. Actually, both. It just depends. At its most basic, the wash sale rule prevents investors ...

Kid-Friendly Vacations: Where to Take the Family in 2018
November 24, 2017

Kid-Friendly Vacations: Where to Take the Family in 2018

Planning a family getaway in 2018? Many parents start the journey—the planning part anyway—right about now. Vacationing B.K.—before kids—might not have taken ...

Teaching Children to Save: The Financial Gift that Keeps Giving
November 17, 2017

Teaching Children to Save: The Financial Gift that Keeps Giving

For kids, the idea of saving money doesn’t come naturally, but there are ways to teach children from an early age how to value money so that when it comes ...

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Got Kids or Young Dependents? Claiming the Child Tax Credit
November 13, 2017

Got Kids or Young Dependents? Claiming the Child Tax Credit

Of course you’ve heard the one about death and taxes. But what about birth and taxes? Having kids means spending lots of money, but they can also save you a ...

Discount Airlines May Impact the Travel Industry (And Your Plans)
November 10, 2017

Discount Airlines May Impact the Travel Industry (And Your Plans)

Are those cheap airfares to Europe and other far-flung destinations giving you the travel bug? Or are they bugging your portfolio more? In the past few years ...

Year-End Charitable Donations, Contributions & Deductions
November 3, 2017

Year-End Charitable Donations, Contributions & Deductions

Let’s face it: football season is in full swing, which means the holiday season is just around the corner. The holidays are a time for giving, a time to reflect on the year’s ...

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Unconventional Wisdom: Challenging Some Personal Finance Adages
October 20, 2017

Unconventional Wisdom: Challenging Some Personal Finance Adages

Some personal finance sayings have been around so long, many people take them as absolutes without really thinking about what they mean and whether they apply ...

Debt: A Zombie of a Problem
October 20, 2017

Debt: A Zombie of a Problem

Debt is a crafty demon, and it has to be actively managed and kept at bay; otherwise, it will most certainly return and consume you over and over again. The cost of...

How Technological Breakthroughs Are Changing Aging
October 13, 2017

How Technological Breakthroughs Are Changing Aging

Technology is changing the face of aging, as the consumer market and products designed for the elderly begin to overlap. As little as 10 years ago, assistive ...

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Halloween Is Big Business. Some Treats for Your Portfolio?
October 6, 2017

Halloween Is Big Business. Some Treats for Your Portfolio?

Halloween is right around the corner, and not only is it a big hit with kids, it’s also big business. According to the latest data available from the National Retail Federation ...

Pumpkin or Pecan Pie: What State Do Your Investments Call Home?
September 29, 2017

Pumpkin or Pecan Pie: What State Do Your Investments Call Home?

Does what side of the Mississippi you live on, whether you would prefer to have a beach house or a lake house, or think that a drizzle of honey makes everything a little ...

Kids These Days: Why Financial Literacy Should Start Early
September 22, 2017

Kids These Days: Why Financial Literacy Should Start Early

Nobody ever said a parent’s job would be easy. Keeping food on the table and a solid roof over everyone’s heads are among duties at the top of the list, of course. On ...

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College Days: Meet Your Future Employer, Gain Financial Literacy
September 15, 2017

College Days: Meet Your Future Employer, Gain Financial Literacy

Summer is over, and it’s time to hit the books. For young adults (and maybe not-so-young adults), college beckons. A college degree can mean hundreds of ...

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