Category - Investing

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No, You Can’t Contribute Stocks to Your IRA
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4 Things You Need To Consider Before Purchasing A Rental Property
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Guidelines for an Emergency Fund
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Investing Lessons from a Fun Sport
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Investing Advice from Mellody Hobson

No, You Can’t Contribute Stocks to Your IRA

Have you ever wondered – “Hey, I have this taxable stock account with my favorite stock (or mutual fund, or bond, or CD, or what-have-you). Can I just transfer the stock over to my IRA as an annual contribution?”

In a word, NO. Contributions to IRAs are only allowed in cash. In order to complete the contribution, you’d have to liquidate the security holding, paying any tax on capital gains, and then use the cash proceeds to make your contribution.

The reason for this is simple – if you contribute the actual stock to an IRA from an account that …

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4 Things You Need To Consider Before Purchasing A Rental Property

Contrary to popular belief, real estate investing isn’t all HGTV flower boxes and passive income filling your bank account. Whether you’re purchasing a single-family home, duplex, or commercial property, managing a rental property is a huge financial and personal undertaking.

 Before you dive headfirst into a real estate project, you’ll want to do your homework.

So what factors should you consider?

Rental Properties Are Highly Concentrated Assets

Investing in rental properties will likely tie up a significant portion of your net worth in one place. A quick google search will show you all the millionaires and billionaires who got

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Guidelines for an Emergency Fund

Perhaps you had to tap into your emergency fund during the past year or so. Or maybe the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic has you thinking that it is time to start an emergency fund. Real Simple offers “5 Rules for an Emergency Fund That Will See You Through (Almost) Anything.

You might wonder why you even need “rules” for an emergency find but guidelines can help you as you try to save enough to keep you afloat should you need it.

The conventional advice from financial experts is that your emergency fund should cover 3 to 6 months …

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Investing Lessons from a Fun Sport

In “What Pickleball Can Teach You About Investing,” Jacob Schroeder, writing for Kiplinger.com, demonstrates how you can apply everyday lessons to your investing and financial planning…if you pay attention.

Pickleball isn’t tennis but it has some things in common with tennis. In pickle ball, the players use paddles to hit a small plastic ball over a net. And if you didn’t know, pickleball is popular with retirees. There are pickleball tournaments at community centers and most players are in their golden years. The author of this article played the sport outdoors as a way to get some recreation and follow …

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Investing Advice from Mellody Hobson

The Motley Fool highlighted investment advice from Mellody Hobson. Hobson is known as the the co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, where she had worked for almost thirty years. Late last year, Starbucks names Hobson as its board chair making her the first African American woman to hold that position.

The financial difficulties Hobson experienced growing up had an effect on how she views investing. She was the youngest of six and grew up in a loving home but there were some challenging financial issues. What she saw motivated her to learn more and understand how financial systems work. Instead …

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