The reverberations of the Brexit vote are being felt worldwide, and the British Pound Sterling (GBP) has declined sharply against all major currencies. It is currently at a 30 year low against the U.S. dollar (USD). Not surprisingly, the top trending searches on Google in the United States is “how to purchase British Pound Sterling.” As of today (June 27, 2016) it costs $1.32 (USD) to buy one GBP, that is down from $1.60 less than a year ago and $2.10 at its peak in 2007. Naturally, Americans recognize a bargain when they see it, especially entering the peak travel …Read More
In our society of conspicuous consumption and spending-beyond-means, many parents face an uphill battle to encourage children to save for the future, resist instant gratification, and most importantly, understand how to budget and use credit wisely. At a recent dinner party with a group of parents with young children, the conversation turned to this exact topic. When I shared how I teach our kids about money, these parents encouraged me to write an article to share my approach. This article explains how my wife and I attempt to instill financial values in our six-year-old son. I recently began giving our …Read More
Chances are, if you invest in a growing company over a long period, you will experience a stock split. But what exactly is a stock split and how does it impact your cost basis, which is used to calculate capital gains taxes?
There are two types of stock splits: forward and reverse. The most common is a forward split, where a company splits its stock into smaller pieces. Splits are denoted in ratios. For example, a two for one split is shown as 2:1. For example, if you have 100 shares of Intel (INTC) stock, worth $100 a …Read More
Whenever I meet with prospective clients, I usually hear the following comment “I want my portfolio to outperform the overall market, but I don’t want to take any risk.” It’s understandable; individuals want their investments to do well when the market is up, but they also don’t want to lose any money when the market is down. Unfortunately, risk and return have a positive relationship: the higher the expected return, the greater the risk. The optimal portfolio earns the maximum return with the least amount of risk, but how does someone create that optimal portfolio? One method used by professional …Read More
According to a March 2012 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the average outstanding student loan balance per borrower is $23,300; a quarter of borrowers owe more than $28,000, and 0.45 percent of borrowers owe more than $200,000. If you continued on to medical, business, or law school, you are probably in the latter debt category with a six-figure student loan balance wondering how to tackle that monkey on your back. Students have a variety of loan options to choose from when deciding how to fund college expenses, but it is critical to understand the details and …Read More