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Is There a Right Way to Invest in Bitcoin in 2022? Yes.
You’ve read stories about celebrities, like Elon Musk and Mark Cuban, who supposedly are cashing in on Bitcoin. You’ve seen ads for companies that claim to offer a “safe and easy way” to buy it. You probably even know a few people who have dabbled in
Kiplinger4 min lettiCrime & Violence
What to Expect When You Hire a Lawyer
If the adage about one bad apple spoiling the barrel is true, the American justice system may be in trouble. Perhaps you’ve heard of famed attorney Thomas Girardi, married to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika, who was recently accused of st
Kiplinger1 min lettiInvestments & Securities
9 Great Growth ETFs for 2022 and Beyond
There's a bit of uncertainty on Wall Street to start 2022. The market continues to grapple with the lingering impacts of coronavirus and the risk of interest-rate increases disrupting the natural order of things. Thus, growth stocks – and by extensio
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Microsoft Buys Activision With One Eye on the Cloud
Long-suffering shareholders — not to mention canny value investors — were rewarded for their patience in Activision Blizzard (ATVI, $65.39) Tuesday when Microsoft (MSFT, $310.20) agreed to pay $68.7 billion, or $95 a share in cash, for the troubled v
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Amazon Prime Membership Fee Is Due to Rise
Four years ago, online retail powerhouse Amazon.com raised its annual membership from $99 to $119 in the United States. That move raised howls from about-to-renew members and would-be members, some of whom sought alternative services for free shippin
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Stock Market Today: Bond Yields, Goldman a One-Two Punch for the Bears
Any bit of calm investors enjoyed over the long holiday weekend was sapped quickly Tuesday morning as the markets kicked off the short week with a faceplant. Vexing the technology sector (-2.5%) specifically and the major indexes broadly was yet more
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Netflix Stock: Q4 Subscriber Growth Expected to Stall
The fourth-quarter earnings season kicked off last week with mixed results from several big banks. Financial firms will be in focus again this week, with blue chip Goldman Sachs (GS, $383.64) one of the highest-profile banks to report. Insurance gian
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Why Women Need to Take a More Active Role in Their Financial Futures
It’s a phenomenon I see often. Too many women leave decisions about their financial futures to their husbands — and that’s hardly a retirement plan. And because women tend to live longer than men, it’s imperative that they take an active role in plot
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Final Estimated Tax Payment For 2021 Is Due Today
If you're required to make a fourth-quarter estimated tax payment for 2021 (e.g., you're self-employed or don't have taxes withheld from interest, dividends, or other sources of taxable income), you only have a few more days to send the proper amount
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What Assets Should Be Included in Your Trust?
One of the largest financial planning misconceptions people hold is that having a will ensures their property will transfer quickly to their heirs. The truth is, whether you have a will or not, your assets will go through the probate process when you
Kiplinger1 min lettiInvestments & Securities
Is the Stock Market Closed on MLK Day 2022?
The first three-day weekend of the year is upon us. Neither the stock market nor the bond market will be open for trading on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on Monday, Jan. 17, in 2022. Both the stock and bond markets will reopen Tuesday, fol
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Public Defender or Private Attorney: Which Should You Use?
“Mr. Beaver, should we hire a private attorney or insist that our son, ‘Tom,’ just ask for a public defender for his possession of a controlled substance charge? He was arrested with several other young men in a car that had illegal drugs in the pass
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The Problem with Today’s Hot Real Estate Investment Market
Jessica Schmidt (not her real name) is a qualified intermediary for a large national firm specializing in 1031 exchanges for investment real estate. Lately, she has been working 10-hour days, six days a week. Some days she takes up to 50 calls a day
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Tax Day 2022: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?
Most Americans must file their federal tax returns for the 2021 tax year by April 18, 2022. Note that we say "most Americans." Taxpayers in two states have until April 19 to submit their 1040s to the IRS. Victims of certain natural disaster also get
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6 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Wealth Plan
It’s 2022 and we’ve made it through another year of the pandemic and a sea of uncertainty with tax laws and the economy. With every new year comes the inclination of many to start a list of New Year’s resolutions, and while most typically center arou
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The Best Cryptocurrencies for 2022
In investing, the trend is your friend – until it isn't. That proved true for digital currencies last year, and it could very well define the outlook for the best cryptocurrencies of 2022. Overall, digital currencies produced a remarkable 2021 that h
Kiplinger2 min lettiIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
Can AI Beat the Market? 10 Stocks to Watch
Artificial intelligence (AI) isn't new to the world of stock picking, but it hasn't really been an option for retail investors. That is, until now. Traditionally, powerful artificial intelligence systems – and the high-octane brainpower needed to dev
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Stock Market Today: Financials Hold Back Dow in Mixed Friday Session
The fourth-quarter earnings season began in earnest Friday, but Wall Street's latest performance metrics did little to invigorate the bulls and saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average finish in the red. A bevy of blue-chip financial stocks put up mostly
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PODCAST: The Kiplinger Letter’s 2022 Forecasts
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast | RSS David Muhlbaum: 2022. Yes, it's already underway, but we've got more than 11 months to go. Forecasting what might actually happen in that time is what the Kiplinger Letter does. John Miley,
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5 Mortgage REITs for Yield-Hungry Investors
In the search for rich dividend yields, mortgage REITs (mREITs) are in a class all their own.  These are companies are structured as real estate investment trusts (REITs), but they own interest-bearing assets like mortgages and mortgage-backed securi
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Stock Market Today: Stocks Resume Slide on Busy News Day
Choppy trading continued on Wall Street as investors balanced good news, bad news headlines. On the economic front, weekly jobless claims edged up a seasonally adjusted 230,000 last week – more than economists were expecting – though the four-week mo
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4 Tips on How to Build a Better Bond Position
It’s not easy being a bond investor. The struggle is real. Yields are low. Returns are flat. Meanwhile the S&P 500 stock market index rose nearly 27% in 2021 (Source: Morninstar.com). Bonds are like the quiet wallflower at the holiday party, overshad
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Stock Market Today: Stocks Hang On to Gains After Scorching Inflation Update
Inflation was the story of the day on Wall Street, and the latest numbers sparked another choppy session for stocks. Kiplinger staff economist David Payne previously forecast that inflation would likely end 2021 around a 40-year high, which turned ou
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Payments Stocks: Jefferies Likes V, MA, SQ, Cautious on PYPL
2021 was a trying time for shareholders of major payments stocks. During a period in which the S&P 500 racked up roughly 27% gains, Mastercard (MA, +0.7%), Visa (V, -0.9%), PayPal (PYPL, -19.5%) and Square (SQ, -25.8%) fell prey to gravity. Research
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Tax Deadlines Extended for Washington Flooding and Mudslide Victims
Residents and business in Washington State impacted by the flooding and mudslides beginning November 13, 2021, now have until March 15, 2022, to file and pay certain federal taxes. The IRS extended the deadlines after parts of the state were declared
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The 10 Best Closed-End Funds (CEFs) for 2022
If someone offered to sell you a dollar for 90 cents … well, you'd probably think it was too good to be true. Yet these are exactly the kinds of opportunities that arise in the market's best closed-end funds (CEFs). CEFs are a type of investment fund
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Could You Lose Your Job if You Get COVID-19?
With the omicron variant taking over, COVID-19 has become more contagious than ever. Worrying about your health and the health of your loved ones is bad enough; do you have to worry about your job, too? Technically, it’s possible for some companies t
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Medicare to Consider Lowering Part B Premiums
Seniors could see a cut in their monthly Medicare Part B premiums for 2022 after a controversial new drug’s price was slashed. In November, Medicare set the monthly Part B premium at $170.10 for this year, a more than 14% increase from 2021. The agen
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RBC's Top 30 Global Stock Investments for 2022
It will be tough to top the S&P 500's whopper of a performance in 2021. But investors can still look forward to "solid" if more "moderate" returns in the year ahead, says RBC Capital Markets – and perhaps even better with the right stock investments.
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Sweet Silicon: 5 Superb Semiconductor Stocks for 2022
Coming off a good year in 2021, semiconductor stocks are poised perhaps for a great year in 2022.  The drivers, well known to most investors, are potent: The rollout of 5G and the transformation of the automotive market toward electric vehicles (EVs)
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