Author - Sam Fawaz, CPA, CFP®

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5 Reasons Why This Stock Rally Won’t Last
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How to Choose a Financial Advisor
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A Comprehensive Summary of the 2010 Tax Relief Act
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What You Need to Know About The New Tax Proposals
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What’s Driving This Stock Market Rally?

5 Reasons Why This Stock Rally Won’t Last

We finally strung together three up days in a row in the stock markets today and that’s a good thing. Volatility is ratcheting down and folks are stepping in to scoop up bargains.  Unfortunately, for the first time since we bottomed back in March 2009, I don’t trust this rally and believe that we are headed back to test last week’s low of 1,101 on the S&P 500 index in the short term.  If the market doesn’t hold at that level, our next stop is likely 1060. Let me explain why this rally has a lot to prove before I …

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How to Choose a Financial Advisor

You know the importance of saving for retirement, but do you have the time and know-how to accomplish your financial goals? In an increasingly busy world, it’s possible that keeping close tabs on your investment accounts isn’t exactly realistic.

Seeking the help of financial professionals has become more important to investors according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation, as nearly one quarter (22 percent) of investors report relying more on a professional investment advisor following the recession.

Passing the Torch

Even if you have a good handle on your investments, you …

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A Comprehensive Summary of the 2010 Tax Relief Act

On Thursday December 16, 2010, Congress passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. President Obama just signed the bill this afternoon Friday December 17, 2010.  This legislation, negotiated by the White House and select members of the House and Senate, provides for a short-term extension of Bush era tax cuts made in 2001.  It also addresses the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and Estate, Gift and Generation-skipping Transfer taxes.

The following summary will provide you with key information and highlights from the bill with help from the Financial Planning Association.  I hope that you …

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What You Need to Know About The New Tax Proposals

As you may recall, the Bush-era tax cuts were scheduled to expire after 2010, which essentially amounts to a tax increase if Congress didn’t act to extend them.

After the stock market close yesterday, President Obama, in a televised speech, announced a compromise with Republicans in Congress which, if passed into law, would amount to a much bigger fiscal package in 2011 than virtually anyone expected. In addition to a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, he added a one-year reduction in the payroll tax and a huge investment tax credit.  While the ultimate bill that gets passed may …

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What’s Driving This Stock Market Rally?

What a great couple of weeks it has been in the stock markets! We just had the mid-term elections, an important Federal Reserve Meeting and the October 2010 monthly jobs report.  Most were expecting this past week to be one where the markets took a breather and pulled back a bit. Instead, the markets powered higher to levels not seen since 2008 and better than our April 2010 highs.  The NASDAQ market is up by double digits for the year and the DJIA and S&P500 indexes are near double digits.  With the announced quantitative easing (QE2) by the Federal Reserve …

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