Raymond James, Point of View. Defend yourself with simple, everyday practices that can help protect your identity, your accounts and your devices.
October 3, 2017
Americans lose tens of billions of dollars each year to financial fraud. In the digital frontier, many crimes – including identity theft, tax fraud and elder abuse – are committed by online outlaws, making cybersecurity all the more important. As cybercrime becomes more prevalent, learn how to defend yourself with simple, everyday practices that can help protect your identity, your accounts and your devices.
Margarette Burnette is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website, provides insight on how toprotect your identity when you travel.
Oct 2, 2017 10:40 a.m. ET
If you’re traveling far from home, you probably want to do all you can to make sure your wallet or purse doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. But according to a recent Experian ProtectMyID survey, 30% of travelers have experienced identity theft while away from home or know someone who has.
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Pavel Molchanov, Senior Vice President and Energy Analyst, comments on the United States’ announced withdrawal from the climate change agreement.
June 2, 2017
President Trump yesterday announced – confirming press leaks from earlier in the week – that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was signed in December 2015 and took effect in November 2016. What does the decision to exit mean in economic practice, separate from the PR and diplomatic consequences? Here is the short answer: It means virtually nothing.Press coverage of this issue has (incorrectly) portrayed the president’s decision as an impactful and even pivotal policy step. But it is purely a matter of political symbolism, with no substantive read-through in terms of how energy is produced or consumed in the U.S. market. In particular, we would underscore that the trend visible across the U.S. power sector (coal losing share, natural gas and wind/solar gaining) will not be affected in any sense by the Paris withdrawal.
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Read the weekly investment strategy commentary from Chief Investment Strategist Jeff Saut.
June 5, 2017
“Never say never. Never say always. Always reevaluate. And never give up.”
. . . An old Wall Street wag
Upon entering this business in 1971 my father gave me this advice:
“Son, if you think the stock market is going up be bullish. If you think it is going down be bearish, but for gosh sakes take a stand! There are far too many folks in this business that talk out of both sides of their mouths such that no matter what the stock market does they can say, ‘See, I told you that was going to happen.’”
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Smart strategies can help high-income earners reduce their Medicare taxes and overall tax bill.
February 23, 2017
We’ve had a few years now to get familiar with the Medicare payroll tax and surtax that went into effect at the beginning of 2013. If you need a reminder, taxpayer with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of $200,000 for individuals or $250,000 for couples filing jointly face a 3.8% surtax on net investment income or the amount of MAGI that exceeds the thresholds prescribed for high-income taxpayers. The second 0.9% Medicare payroll tax applies to wages and self-employment income over the same MAGI thresholds. And while we may have gotten more used to the higher tax, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look to smart planning to avoid overpaying. Talk to your financial advisor, alongside your accountant or tax advisor, to identify and implement the strategies that are most advantageous for your situation. Here are some options to consider.
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