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Kiplinger 11/15/2019 15:59
Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), oversaw a relatively quiet third quarter of buying and selling stocks. Berkshire made a new investment in the retail sector, pumped up its exposure to the oil patch and pared off a sliver of Apple (AAPL), among other moves. We know what the greatest long-term investor of all time has been doing because the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires all investment managers with more than $100 million in assets to file a Form 13F quarterly to disclose any changes in share ownership. These filings add an important level of transparency to the stock market and give Buffett-ologists a chance to get a bead on what he's thinking. When Buffett starts a new stake in some company,
Kiplinger 11/15/2019 15:58
The Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) portfolio, most of which was selected by Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, brings to mind ubiquitous blue-chip stocks such as American Express (AXP), Coca-Cola (KO) and, more recently, Apple (AAPL). But a deep dive into Berkshire Hathaway's equity holdings reveals a more complicated picture. Berkshire Hathaway held positions in 48 separate stocks as of Sept. 30, according to the most recent regulatory filing (Nov. 14) with the Securities and Exchange Commission - up from 47 during the second quarter of this year.
Kiplinger 11/15/2019 10:31
Date nights -- even for married couples who may not be trying to impress -- can be expensive. The average cost of a date in the U.S. is about $100, according to a survey from, the online matchmaker. Even if you go on only one date every other week, that adds up quickly. However, there are ways to enjoy each other's company without breaking the bank. It just takes some creativity, which may prove more alluring to your partner than your willingness to waste money. Here are 15 cheap date ideas ideal for fall and winter months. Take a look. SEE ALSO: 12 Luxury Goods That Are Cheaper at Costco.
Kiplinger 11/14/2019 17:44
Perhaps the first frost has already coated your windshield, forcing you to dig out the scraper (or like many in the midwest, you've already needed to dig out your car). As you adjust to the chill, give a thought to your ride, and check out these eleven tips that will keep your car rolling smoothly through the cold season's challenges. Even old hands at winter might find some new insights. We're assuming you've covered the basics (such as the scraper) and are up-to-date on your car's regular scheduled service. Don't postpone that--a mishap that would just be an annoyance in warmer weather could be a life-endangering hazard in the winter. See Also: 11 Reasons You Don't Want to Retire in Florida.
Kiplinger 11/14/2019 14:02
Serial dividend raisers, such as the Dividend Aristocrats, are beloved by income hunters. Remember: A steady payout is only half of the formula for successful income investing. The big returns come over time, from regular dividend increases, which lift the yield an investor receives on his or her original cost basis. But while these dividend-hiking stalwarts usually aren't known for their hot growth prospects, a few are indeed poised to outperform in 2020. To find price upside among dependable dividend stocks, we started with the Dividend Aristocrats. For the uninitiated, the Aristocrats are an index of 57 S&P 500 companies currently that have raised their payouts annually for at least 25 years. Next, we calculated the implied upside for al.
Kiplinger 11/14/2019 13:56
Have you ever wondered why some tax returns are eyeballed by the IRS while most are ignored? Short on personnel and funding, the IRS audited only 0.59% of all individual tax returns in 2018, and the vast majority of these exams were conducted by mail, meaning most taxpayers never met with an IRS agent in person. So the odds are pretty low that your return will be singled out for review. That said, your chances of being audited or otherwise hearing from the IRS escalate depending on various factors, including the complexity of your return, the types and amounts of deductions or other tax breaks you claim, the business you're engaged in, and whether you own foreign assets. Math errors may draw IRS inquiry, but they'll rarely lead to a full-bl.
Kiplinger 11/13/2019 14:48
Financial planners often recommend the 4% rule as a guideline for determining the annual amount that a retiree can withdraw from portfolios without depleting their nest egg over a 30-year retirement. And high-yield dividend stocks are a critical component of executing this strategy. Financial adviser William Bengen devised the 4% rule after evaluating stock and bond data across several decades and discovering that a pattern of 4% yearly withdrawals provided reasonable security without bleeding a portfolio dry for at least 30 years, even through occasional market downturns. The concept is simple: Draw down 4% of the portfolio value in the first year of retirement, then a matching amount (adjusted for inflation) in each subsequent year. Benge.
Kiplinger 11/12/2019 15:16
An old investment saw goes like this: "Market tops are processes, bottoms are events." This means that in the stock market, it takes time for all the moving parts to top out and head lower. It's usually a gradual affair, unlike major bottom that are often marked with panic selling and sharp moves. The market can easily shrug off events that could hurt it, such as a wide miss on economic growth or unusually weak housing statistics. However, when major issues start to accumulate, before we realize it, we've hit a tipping point where there are too many changes for the bull market to handle. Let's be clear: We are not trying to pick a top or master market timing. But investors should take action when it becomes clear things have changed for the.

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