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Take shelter before tax day!

by Nilus Mattive |

I’ve done my own taxes every year since I got my first real job on Wall Street. And along the way I’ve filled out just about every kind of form you can imagine — an alphabet soup of federal schedules and worksheets plus various state returns in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

So as Tax Day 2015 rapidly approaches, I’m getting ready for another marathon session of pencil sharpening and shouting.

But I’m also making darn sure that I legally keep as much money away from Uncle Sam as possible … and you …

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A healthcare Stock benefiting from a huge trend

by Frank Curzio |

America’s best-selling drugs are going on sale.

It’s not because healthcare companies (Big Pharma) want to lower prices on their signature drugs.

In fact, those drugs are rising at eight times the rate of inflation …

Instead, these drugs are going on sale because their patents are expiring.

A patent gives a company the right to exclude its competitors from selling a product for 20 years. Once this patent expires, the company no longer has the right of exclusion.

Patent expiration (also called patent cliff) has been a hot topic over the past few …

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This week’s Senate hearing on Social Security

by Nilus Mattive |

As I was writing this article, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was getting ready to hold a special meeting on Social Security.

Why?

Because a recent report from the agency’s inspector general said active Social Security records currently exist for more than 6.5 million people born before the summer of 1901.

Yes, Social Security has a master “death file” but apparently it is unable to keep track of people “who exceed maximum reasonable life expectancies.”

So although there are only something like 40 people in the world currently living above the age …

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Your 401(k) Questions Answered …

by Nilus Mattive |

I’ve been writing an awful lot about more advanced approaches to retirement investing and other issues — but one of the most frequent questions I hear is a much simpler one.

The issue?

What to do with an old retirement plan after you leave your employer.

And quite often, there’s a corollary … which is what specific investments to use for this money going forward.

Let’s Start with the Basic Choices …

We will assume that the person asking is not retiring or at least 59 ½ years old. In that case, …

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