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Jun 30, 2015

Candidate Jeb Bush bares 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday showing that his net worth of between $19 million and $22 million has been amassed largely through investments and speaking fees that have been as high as $75,000 per engagement.

In a show of transparency expected to pressure his rivals to bare their tax records, Bush revealed that since the end of his tenure as Florida governor in 2007, his annual income has risen sharply to nearly $7.4 million in 2013 from $260,580 in 2006.

Jun 3, 2015

Stern Advice – Peak 30-something

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Maybe it is time for a millennial remake of that 1980s boomer angst television show, “thirtysomething,” because there are more 30-year-olds in the United States than ever before.

Within nine years, almost 45 million Americans will be in their 30s, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. As their parents did a generation ago, they are starting to settle down and buy houses and cars.

Feb 24, 2015

Stern Advice: Don’t wait for Washington to protect retirement investors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – After years of talk about how to protect retirement savers, the White House has gotten behind a Labor Department proposal that would require financial advisers to put clients’ interests ahead of their own.

Consumer champion Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who says she is not running for president, is doing wall-to-wall media on her view that the government should do more to regulate providers of 401 (k) plans, 403(b) plans and individual retirement accounts.

Jan 22, 2015

Stern Advice – Where to spend when you’re young and squeezed

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The most financially challenging
state of life is not retirement, it is early career.

That’s the time when your salary is still probably low, but
you have the longest list of expenses: career clothes, cell
phone bills, your first home furnishings, cars, weddings, rent -
need I go on? You probably don’t have enough money to pay for
all of that at once, unless your parents have set you up very
well or you are a junior investment banker.

Jan 7, 2015

Where to spend when you’re young and squeezed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The most financially challenging state of life is not retirement, it is early career.

That’s the time when your salary is still probably low, but you have the longest list of expenses: career clothes, cell phone bills, your first home furnishings, cars, weddings, rent – need I go on? You probably don’t have enough money to pay for all of that at once, unless your parents have set you up very well or you are a junior investment banker.

Jan 7, 2015

Stern Advice – Where to spend when you’re young and squeezed

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The most financially challenging
state of life is not retirement, it is early career.

That’s the time when your salary is still probably low, but
you have the longest list of expenses: career clothes, cell
phone bills, your first home furnishings, cars, weddings, rent -
need I go on? You probably don’t have enough money to pay for
all of that at once, unless your parents have set you up very
well or you are a junior investment banker.

Dec 17, 2014

Act now: Congress delivers a few last minute tax savers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, in its wisdom, waited until the waning weeks of the year to approve some tax breaks that will only be good for 2014.

That means that in some cases, you lost out: it is too late to take advantage of them and you are going to lose them at the end of the year.

Dec 17, 2014

Stern Advice-Act now: Congress delivers a few last minute tax savers

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, in its
wisdom, waited until the waning weeks of the year to approve
some tax breaks that will only be good for 2014.

That means that in some cases, you lost out: it is too late
to take advantage of them and you are going to lose them at the
end of the year.

Nov 26, 2014

The loss leaders of the investment world

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Every industry has its loss leaders, and the investment world is no different. The theory is that you will go to the store for the $12 turkey and stick around to buy dressing, cranberries, juice, pies and two kinds of potatoes. Mmmm, but I digress.

In the investment world, the role of the cheap turkey is played by broad stock index exchange traded funds. While investment firms say they make money on even low-fee funds, their profit margins on these products have been narrowing.

Nov 26, 2014

Stern Advice-The loss leaders of the investment world

NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Every industry has its loss
leaders, and the investment world is no different. The theory is
that you will go to the store for the $12 turkey and stick
around to buy dressing, cranberries, juice, pies and two kinds
of potatoes. Mmmm, but I digress.

In the investment world, the role of the cheap turkey is
played by broad stock index exchange traded funds. While
investment firms say they make money on even low-fee funds,
their profit margins on these products have been narrowing.

    • About Linda

      "Linda Stern is an award-winning personal finance journalist who loves to write about how the big picture affects your pocketbook. A former contributing editor at Newsweek magazine and a long-time Reuters columnist, Stern covers everything from credit cards to retirement planning to investing. As a Washington-based correspondent, she sneaks in as much tax and economic policy as her editors will allow. She tweets at www.twitter.com/LindaStern. And when she expresses opinions, they are her own and not those of her employer."
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      October 2010
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