Archive - March 20, 2016

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Does the IRS Owe You Money?
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Could You Stomach the Perfect Investment?
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The Spare Change Challenge

Does the IRS Owe You Money?

With-131-Million-Returns-Filed-Millions-of-Amended-Returns-Expected"IRS, 5 million people were expected to file amended tax returns for 2014, out of 131 million original filings. For 2015, the IRS expects over 150 million individual returns, which means even more amended returns can be expected.

Many amended returns actually result in a refund that would have been awarded if the original return had been filed correctly. If you prepare your own taxes, changed accountants, or had a major life change (such as change in marital status, dependents, or house move), how can you really be sure that you’re not leaving money on the table? Conversely, …

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Could You Stomach the Perfect Investment?

Suppose a mutual fund knew for sure which 10% of the largest U.S. companies would earn the highest returns over the next five years, over each upcoming five-year period. You’d invest in that fund and hang tight, right?

A research company called Alpha Architect, recently posed this as an interesting thought experiment. It divided all of the 500 largest U.S. stocks into deciles, and imagined that a hypothetical fund was investing in only the upper 10% returning stocks in the first five-year period, starting on January 1, 1927, and every five years it would switch the portfolio to the future …

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The Spare Change Challenge

Many individuals who know me know that I’ll run in front of oncoming traffic to pick up a penny (or anything shiny for that matter). While some may think that this is a waste of time and that “it’s only a penny”, the fact is that the small change adds up. Whenever I get weird looks or folks laugh at the mention of a penny to be grasped, I always ask, “Would you walk past a $100 bill?” The point being, it all adds up. The tiniest snowflakes create earth-moving avalanches.

The small amounts I pick up are usually deposited …

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