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Better to have a non-registered (taxable) investment account in one/both names and/or based on income?

This question is for those familiar with Canada's income tax laws. My wife and I have maxed out our TFSAs. We also max contribute to our kid's RESPs. We also contribute a healthy amount to our RRSPs ...
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For Non US resident is it better to invest in a start up as a individual or as a company?

What are the tax implications of investing as a company versus as an individual for foreigners (Non US resident)in the US? Which would be better for a foreigner (NON US Citizen) to invest as.
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When investing a settlement, what tax ramifications should be considered?

Let us suppose that someone receives a lump sum settlement from a car accident (personal injury) case and would like to invest it for maximum long-term returns. We will say that the settlement amount ...
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Roth IRA Limits for Dual-Income Family

My wife and I are newly married and are lucky to be making enough to have a small amount left to make in investments on a monthly basis. We're both employed full time and in our early twenties. I ...
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Getting financial advice: Accountant vs. Investment Adviser vs. Internet/self-taught?

Previously, I was a simple case: I earned a salary, and I paid taxes. Therefore, I've been filing my own tax returns using online software. Now: + wife, + kid, + mortgage, + want to contribute to ...
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Allocation between 401K/retirement accounts and taxable investments, as a young adult?

I graduated college last year and began a career at a company with a 401K option. I cannot pull any money out of the Roth 401K without tax consequences or a penalty. I am interested in starting a ...
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Is it better to hold tax-inefficient investments in tax-deferred versus tax-free accounts?

This page seems to suggest it is preferable to hold tax-inefficient investments in tax-deferred versus tax-free accounts. Is there an explanation for this? Holding tax-efficient investments in taxable ...
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How can I determine my basis for a gift of mutual funds?

My parents, saving for college many (20+?) years ago, purchased some Evergreen mutual funds for each of their children. I believe the accounts were established in the children's names. Thanks to some ...
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Tax benefits to buying stocks on Dec 31 vs. one day later?

For an individual in the US (California), are there tax benefits to buying stocks on Dec 31 vs. one day later?
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149 views

401k tax advantage vs lower fees in taxable account

Is there a formula or rule of thumb to help determine when it's better to put money in a 401k, 403b etc. or a regular taxable account assuming similar investments and returns (for example the same ...
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What considerations are there for making investments on behalf of a friend?

I've thought of two approaches so far: Pool their money into my own brokerage account and simply split the gains/losses proportional to the amount of money that we've each contributed to the ...
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Are there any tax concerns with small periodic vs larger less frequent contributions?

Haven't had to worry about this much with tax my tax advantaged accounts. But I have started up a mutual fund with Vanguard, and I was curious if there are any tax related concerns with investing a ...
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Capital Gains Tax - Does this apply only to the actual “gains” or to the entire amount of my sale?

If I buy 10 shares of stock at $10 each I have spent $100 in stocks. If I later sell these within the same year, do I pay taxes only on the difference of the buy price and the sell price [with a ...
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When purchasing an IRA, should I contribute to a previously-opened one, or open a new one?

In general - all things being equal with regards to fund availabilities, fees, etc - is it better to add funds to an existing IRA each year, or open new ones? Are there different tax benefits to ...
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165 views

Non-tax advantaged investing over 401k situation

Is it worth bypassing a 401k in favor of a normal taxable investing account if you can contribute while in the 15% tax bracket and plan to retire in that bracket as well? After crunching some ...
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Does buying/selling a stock for a loss count as income?

In 2011 I accidentally bought $1000 worth of stock in a brokerage account and immediately sold it the same day for $985 (a $15 loss). The IRS is now claiming I owe $280 in taxes on $985 of income. Is ...
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Roth or Traditional IRA if getting a dramatic increase in income this year?

So I just learned that it's not too late to fund an IRA for 2012. With a week left and never having done this before, I now get to decide which type I want to open. Based on my (really vague) ...
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How are gains in an IRA taxed vs a Roth IRA?

If I have $10k in an IRA, trade stocks with it until my retirement it accumulates (with no additional contributions) to $100k and withdraw it, how are the $90k gains taxed? How does this differ from a ...
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131 views

What else besides fees should I consider in rebalancing my fund portfolio's asset allocation?

My portfolio is currently $10k invested in VWNFX. I also have a 401k (contributing about $13k/year) and an emergency fund. But for the purposes of this question I am just talking about my ...
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368 views

“Cap gains exposure” of an ETF — what does it mean?

Morningstar provides an ETF data point called potential cap gains exposure. For example, here is Vanguard's Europe ETF (VGK): This value is negative 78% for VGK. I understand that this is a good ...
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264 views

When you buy mutual funds through a broker, where are the shares held?

This question arises from a previous one regarding managing all one's investments from one screen on a brokerage house's web site, and a recent answer by @Patches regarding segregation of the ...
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Is there a term for people who manage the money of dual citizens?

I'm a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. I'm afraid to invest in anything because the tax treaties and laws between the two countries make everything too complicated for me to follow. Even ...
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How can I reduce my taxes for 2011

I am looking for options/steps I can take right now to reduce my tax bill for 2011. I am married filing separately ( cannot file jointly, as non resident spouse was working abroad in 2011 and ...
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Question about Tax Information from a Prospectus

I've been studying the prospectus for a Vanguard Index fund that I'm invested in, and I'm confused as to what percentage and what taxes I will end up paying. When the prospectus's tax information says ...
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135 views

Investing strategies for tax-advantaged accounts (401k, IRA) vs regular accounts?

What are some investing strategies to take into account when working with a tax advantaged account such as a 401k/IRA versus a normal non tax advantaged account? I know a big strategy is to buy and ...
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Opened a Vanguard brokerage account. What do I need to keep track of for next year's taxes?

I know opening the account will not impact me for this tax season, but next year since I opened the brokerage account taxes will be a little different. What do I need to keep track of while I'm ...
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Financial Advice for Newlyweds

My wife and I are newlyweds, and we are fortunate enough to have little debt and respectable incomes - since StackExchange is neither anonymous or private I won't disclose the real numbers, but I can ...
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1answer
151 views

US or UK based ETF Index funds for UK investor?

I would like to invest in ETF Index funds. Vanguard funds have cheapest MER, around 0.2% and it was my initial choice, but then I've learned about some tax complications which I still don't ...
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87 views

How to account for foreign taxes paid on dividends?

For purposes of filing Form 1116 (Foreign Tax Credit), I have to correlate foreign taxes paid to the amount of dividends paid by foreign stocks. Is this something I can request from my brokerage, or ...
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56 views

What things do I need to consider if I want to gift units of a fund or stock to some one who is not related?

Instead of the traditional cash gift, I want to give my gift in terms of something that could increase in value over the long term. Before doing that I wanted to ask the below questions: Do I have ...
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365 views

What are the benefits of opening an IRA in an unstable/uncertain economy?

What is the point of opening an IRA at a young age, when you can use that money to buy assets that have intrinsic value such as Silver or Gold? Especially opening an IRA in such an unstable American ...
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610 views

When does selling (writing) options count for tax purposes?

Let's say I sell an option (say a naked put) that expires in January. If I wait until January to let it expire, does that mean the profits will count towards next year's taxes? Or since I actually ...
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146 views

Invest in new mutual funds before the end of the year, or after, in a retirement account?

I changed jobs this year and as a consequence, rolled over my employee 401(k) to a personal rollover IRA. I just completed the rollover earlier this month, and right now the money is just sitting in ...
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Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)?

I just graduated, and I'm starting a new job soon. My employer has pretty good policy for matching 401(k) contributions, so I want to invest as much as possible, especially during this first year. My ...
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How many days do I have to hold a stock before it is considered a capital gain by the CRA?

I want to sell a Canadian stock from my investment account that I bought a month ago. The stock makes about 20% gain and I am afraid it might go down in the further. If I sell it now, will Canada ...
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Are premium bonds a good investment?

As a UK higher rate tax payer, I was tempted to invest in premium bonds because prizes are tax free. However they recently dropped their effective rate, and apart from the slim chance of winning a big ...
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What is the current US-Canadian agreement on withholding taxes for US Investment income?

Withholding tax credits have changed over the past few years. What is the agreement between Canada and USA related to how much can be claimed and how much must be applied for as a reimbursement?