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An AAII member recently asked, “What is the most tax-efficient investment?” Before you answer, stop and give the question some thought. The answer is not as straightforward as it may seem. A few factors influence the tax efficiency of investing. One, of course, is the type...

When was the last time you looked at a company you never heard of? How about a company whose name sounded somewhat familiar, but you can’t recall why and otherwise you don’t know anything about? If your answer is rarely, never or not in a long while, you’ve got plenty of...

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. There are effective uses of an IRA as part of the estate planning process that most retirees have prepared for. These steps include: Taking taxable withdrawals from your IRA when your tax bracket is...

This article originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of the AAII Journal Though most investors know that a cash dividend is the distribution of money to shareholders, dividend terminology is not as well-understood. Yet ordinary dividend, special dividend, ex-dividend, record...

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Now that your once-distant dream of retirement is at hand, it can be an unsettling switch from being a saver to being a spender. It means having an entirely new approach to your money. It can be tough regardless...

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. Individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401(k)s, and other qualified accounts are popular ways to save for retirement. Contributions effectively lower your taxable income, but as with any benefit there...

My mom turned 70 this past April, which meant in October she started taking her required minimum distributions (RMD) from her individual retirement accounts. In an article for ConsumerAffairs.com, James Limbach offered a reminder to anyone born before July 1, 1945, that time is...

A recent WSJ.com article by Laura Saunders contains a cautionary tale for investors holding master limited partnerships in their IRAs. Many are receiving surprise tax bills for units of master limited partnerships they hold. The article highlights the fact that IRAs and Roth IRAs,...

In an article for AdviceIQ, Jim Blankenship offers some tips on how to minimize your 401(k) fees. Kept unchecked, the fees can become a significant drag on your investment performance. When evaluating a plan, Blankenship says investors should consider its internal expense ratio–the...

In a CNBC commentary, Evan Kirkpatrick, founder and chief executive of Wendell Charles Financial, discusses what millennials need to know about retirement planning. As of the first quarter of 2015, according to the Pew Research Center, millennials are now the largest generation...