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Know What You Buy (Or Are Sold)

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The traditional certificate of deposit, otherwise known as the CD, has long been a popular instrument for savers to consider. Simply put, these products generally offer higher interest rates when compared to traditional savings accounts in exchange for a commitment of those funds by savers for a predetermined period of time. That said, Wall Street had taken to morph this basic CD into something that can yield, ahem, far different results. Why, then, has there been an uptick in interest over the last several years? Simple: investors have been starved for yield amid a record low interest rate environment!

Structured CDs, as these products are generally referred to, do not offer a predetermined rate of return though; instead, returns become a function of a handful of equities or other assets. With built-in caps on gains and floors on losses, many savers have found first-hand that these CDs – which were either bought by them or sold to them – are vastly different from what they thought they were putting their money in.

Our take: Do your research and consider working with a fee-only advisor who has a fiduciary duty to act in your best interest at all times.

For a more in-depth look into structured CDs, check out a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, here.

Can Allergan (AGN) Be the Role Model That Pharmaceuticals Need?

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With drug prices under heightened scrutiny from the public as well as policymakers due to the recent controversy surrounding the EpiPen price hike, there was some surprising and reassuring news from Allergan, a pharmaceutical firm, today.

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The Numbers Behind the “Unofficial End of Summer”

Labor

In 1882, in New York City, Peter McGuire and Matthew Maguire put together the first Labor Day parade with 10,000 workers protesting the unfair working conditions. This holiday now celebrates the American labor movement and everything that workers contribute toward the prosperity, well-being, and strength of the United States of America. Continue reading “The Numbers Behind the “Unofficial End of Summer””

Continuity For India’s Central Bank

Rupees in India

On September 4, 2016 Raghuram Rajan, Governor of India’s Reserve Bank (RBI), will step down from his post and be replaced by Urjit Patel. While Mr. Rajan’s term has been marred by partisan disputes and political differences, his contributions in stabilizing India’s economy cannot and should not be understated or forgotten. Continue reading “Continuity For India’s Central Bank”

Go for the Gold (Medal)*

*Taxes may be applicable

Rio

Winning an Olympic medal is an amazing accomplishment that deserves to be rewarded. The US Olympic Committee prize money for winning an Olympic gold medal is $25,000, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze. Many countries do not award their medal winners, and if they do, the amounts are often less (though some are higher, such as Brazil). What may seem surprising is that with those thousands of dollars in prize money earned, comes a hefty tax bill, depending on the athlete’s income tax bracket. If a US Olympian is in the highest tax bracket (39.6%), then they will owe $9,900 in income taxes on his or her gold medal. This amount drops to $6,250 if the gold medal winner is in the 25% tax bracket.

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Do The Highest-Paid CEOs Deliver The Highest Returns For Investors?

CEO Business Woman

An interesting piece recently put together by Ric Marshall & Linda-Eling Lee from MSCI Inc. answers this very important question for shareholders. The duo studied over 400 large U.S. corporations over a ten-year period, between 2006 and 2015, and concluded that higher pay Continue reading “Do The Highest-Paid CEOs Deliver The Highest Returns For Investors?”

Back-to-School Savings Study Guide

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According to the National Retail Federation, families in America spent an average of $630.36 per child on back-to-school needs like electronics, clothing, and school supplies in 2015. That’s 42% more than families spent a decade ago! With costs increasing, follow these 4 easy tips to graduate this year’s back-to-school shopping season with an A+.

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The Perils of Investing In Leveraged Funds

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In the investing world, returns are always in demand, but the path by which investors pursue these returns can be very detrimental to a portfolio’s health. Leveraged funds, which have been around for two decades now, seek to beat the market returns of their unleveraged, index-tracking counterparts by essentially increasing the stakes of the bet through the use of derivative instruments. The idea seems straightforward, but the results are not always what investors expect them to be.

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