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When to Start Managing Stocks Yourself

One couple of very conservative investors had the unwelcome shock of a $19,000 bill from the IRS. Where did all of this supposed income come from? Believe it or not it was from inherited stocks. They were all in mutual

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Can Vehicles be Good Investments

There’s an old saying that goes, “Buy things that appreciate, rent things that depreciate”. For most people this means buy real estate and lease cars. But this doesn’t necessarily work out. Houses require repairs and land needs development if they

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How Owners and Managers Run Corporations into the Ground

We can all be very thankful to the managers of Hostess Brands, Inc. Rarely have we ever been given such a clear picture of how a company can be driven into the ground by its managers. There is an inherent

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Best Form of Return: Capital Gains vs. Dividends

Which is the best form of return, capital gains or dividends? Capital gains are the money that you get from selling any asset for more than the amount you paid for it. If you buy a car, fix it up,

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Stick to What You Know When Investing in Stocks

How do you pick your stocks? Do you follow a certain adviser? Use a dartboard? Ask your dog or cat? There are many methods. There’s one standard piece of advice that may work against you, though, and that is to

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Signs That Your Investment May be Going Downhill

The great question in financial research of today reads, “Is the market efficient?” That translates into, “Is it worth doing research on companies, or does the prices of securities like stocks already include the effects of published information?” Many experts

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Investing in Obscure Companies

A few years ago I did a net search on Gerard Butler, who is among my favorite actors. I wanted to see what was up, and was interested to see him pop up as a defendant in a lawsuit against

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