Tax Guide Update – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and 2018 Taxes

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Retirement Planning Strategies Following the 2017 Tax Act In the aftermath of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, this article discusses some strategies that retirees may want to consider. The lower tax rates and higher standard deductions make taking advantage of Roth…

 

AAII Survey: Readers Predict the Most Impactful Developments in Finance for 2018

Change is a constant in the financial world. New services, products and technologies are always coming to the market. In turn, consumers are confronted with new ways to think about their finances. Some of the trends facing the field of finance this year include: Higher interest rates Tax reform An expanding role of artificial intelligence…

 

AAII Survey: Readers Comment on Early Impact of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Late last year, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). While we are in month three of this new tax regime, the impact is being felt by many already. Those living in high-income-tax and high-property-tax states may have prepaid their property taxes to bypass the deduction cap that went into effect in 2018….

 

Tariffs and the Market Environment

As the bull market nears its ninth anniversary, the backdrop is evolving. This year has already seen more days with the S&P 500 index closing up or down by 1% or more than we saw during all of last year. Deflation—a concern not so long ago—has been replaced by worries about inflation and a potential…

 

Retirement Planning Strategies Following the 2017 Tax Act

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Common Questions About Medicaid and Medicaid Planning State and federal governments continue to tinker with Medicaid eligibility and spend-down rules. Estate planning and gifting strategies can be used to preserve assets, while still allowing a person to maintain eligibility for Medicaid. Retirement Planning Strategies…

 

Optimism Has Been Low This Year, but Not Unusually So

This week notwithstanding, optimism about the short-term direction of the stock market has been below average for 40 out of 50 weeks this year in our AAII Sentiment Survey. Given this trend, I was curious as to how 2017 compares to the 30 previous years tracked by our survey. So, I updated the historical analysis…

 

The December 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online.

Feature Article » The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2017 Our annual tax and financial planning guide is designed to help you assess your current tax situation and plan for any changes that may improve your tax liability both this year and next. Behavioral Finance » How Human Behavior Differs From Traditional Economic…

 

The Senate’s Proposed Change to Recognizing Capital Gains

As I write this, the full Senate is considering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). One provision in the Senate’s version of the TCJA impacts the treatment of capital gains. Specifically, the provision would eliminate your ability to specify which lot you sold if you purchased shares of the same security on more than…