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  While Americans are entitled to take every legitimate deduction to manage their taxes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) places limits on your creativity. Here are some examples of deductions from the IRS that were permitted and some that were, well, too creative. Creative Deductions that Passed Muster Usually a child’s school-related costs are not...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: February 19th, 2024 ­ Stocks fell last week as investors reacted to disappointing inflation updates and other economic reports that fell short of estimates. ­ Stocks Snap Winning Streak Markets were quiet Monday but opened lower Tuesday in response to the January inflation report that showed higher-than-expected consumer prices. But stocks regained...
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5 Smart Investing Principles – Get Started Now   Our last investment principle is get started now. Procrastination can be costly. Please be sure to check out our first 4 principles if you had missed any of the previous posts. Estimate Your Time Horizon Know Your Risk Profile Diversify Tax and Inflation The importance of...
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5 Smart Investing Principles – Taxes and Inflation   So far we’ve gone over Estimate Your Time Horizon, Know Your Risk Profile, and Diversification. Now we delve into Taxes and Inflation. In the realm of investment strategy, two formidable foes often loom large: taxes and inflation. While both are inevitable aspects of the financial landscape,...
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5 Smart Investing Principles – Diversify   We’ve already gone over Estimating Your Time Horizon and Knowing Your Risk Profile. Up next is one of the most important principles, “Diversify, Diversify, Diversify.” Diversification is a cornerstone of smart investing principles, offering protection and potential for growth in your portfolio. By spreading your investments across various...
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5 Smart Investing Principles – Know Your Risk Profile   In our last post we went over the first of five “Smart Investing Principles,” Estimating Your Time Horizon. Today we are going to take a look at the second one, Know Your Risk Profile. How much tolerance do you have for risk? It’s easy to...
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5 Smart Investing Principles – Estimate Your Time Horizon   There is no shortage of self-help material available for people looking to boost their investing knowledge. Between television programs, magazines, and other information sources, you can read about “The Best” this and “The Most Important” that. It can be easy to get confused, especially when...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: February 12th, 2024 ­ The stock market experienced solid gains last week, concluding the trading week on a positive note, thanks to robust corporate reports and favorable inflation news; this propelled the S&P 500 Index to achieve a new record high at the end of the week. ­ S&P Tops 5,000 At...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: February 5th, 2024 ­ Stocks pushed higher last week as investors cheered mega-cap tech corporate reports and a better-than-expected employment report. Stocks at New Highs At the beginning of the week, stocks surged, anticipating fourth-quarter corporate updates from tech companies and the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting; this led to the S&P...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: January 29, 2024 ­ Stocks continued their upward climb last week as excitement around big tech continued; positive economic reports stoked investors’ belief that the Federal Reserve has pulled off a soft landing. Stocks Power Ahead Big tech was back last week, pushing the Dow and the S&P 500 to new highs...
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