Is it Better to Buy Individual Stocks or an Index Fund?

Individual stock picking versus index fund investing – it’s an age-old debate that rages on.  Knowing the pros and cons is essential for investors of all stripes. Buy the Stock, or the Whole Market? Before the Internet invaded people’s homes and workplaces, financial experts and individual investors alike would engage in heated debates about whether …

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How are stocks taxed?

Understanding the way stocks are taxed is very important, as it affects the value of your investment and is one of the major factors to be taken into account in making buy/sell decisions. Profit from the Sale of Stocks While your broker or financial adviser will probably explain to you the tax implications for your …

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Dividends vs Buybacks

While the company’s decision to choose between paying dividends and making a share repurchase/buyback depends on a number of factors, we will discuss the fundamental differences between these two from the investor’s perspective. Basic Definitions Dividends are the distributions to shareholders from the company’s earnings, usually paid at regular intervals, e.g. monthly, quarterly, or yearly. …

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