Stock trading is not my primary investment vehicle of choice. But since clients add this into their mix, here’s some input.
The new analysis re: the returns of exchange-traded fund SPY or SPDR S&P 500 E.T.F., which started trading on Jan. 29, 1993 – which mirrors the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index – shows SPY’s overall price gain from its inception through 1/2018 ( time of article & data) has been 541 percent cumulatively, not counting dividends.
But look closely and a remarkable fact emerges.
- Separate the daytime from after-hour returns and all of that price gain since 1993 has come outside regular trading hours.
- eg: If you had bought SPY at the last second of trading on each business day since 1993 and sold at the market open the next day — you’d get all of the net after-hour gains — your cumulative price gain would be 571 percent.
- But, if you had done the opposite, buy at open, 9:30 a.m., and sell at close, you have lost 4.4 % !
Caveat: Orders tend to build up overnight, hence:
- in a rising market, that will produce an upward price surge at open, but
- during declining markets, overnight sell orders may tank at open.
- and in a rising market, that will produce an upward price surge when the market opens. But during extended declines, overnight sell orders may cause prices to plummet when the market opens.
What now? I have many stock investing spreadsheet templates you may like. I edit these in realtime with the client ~ via virtual or in person meetings ~ to help you know where you’ve been, where you are, and estimate where you are headed.
Contact me for assistance.
Our approach will be looking at the bigger picture. You can also begin by sharing you’re thoughts, dreams, needs, goals, and comfort parameters.
A word about Real Estate:
- From them: https://www.realwealthnetwork.com/learn/best-places-to-invest-money-right-now
- From me:
Year-end tip(s): Update your Assets spreadsheet. Keep a draft of your Trust/ Will documents on a google drive format for easy sharing with your insurance/ legal/ and tax counselors.
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- This one looks pretty good!
Year-end tip: Your deductions may be worth more this year than next, consider advance paying some deductable expenses.
Whats’ a ‘retroactive election’?
Most small-business owners and even some tax preparers don’t realize that you can make a retroactive election to be an S-Corp for 2017 if you already have been operating as an LLC all year long. A tax accountant or CPA can help you with the procedure and make reference to the proper revenue procedures to include with your Form 2553. Many believe there is a hard and fast 75-day rule at the beginning of the year to make this election for all of 2017. This is certainly not the case. Talk to your CPA to follow the correct procedure to get a retroactive election accepted.
Year-end tip: Make a retroactive election for your LLC to have an S-Corp for all of 2017, and get your payroll allocation completed before year-end.
- Choose Corporate Name. …
- Appoint Registered Agent. …
- Set Up Corporate Books. …
- Prepare Corporate Bylaws. …
- Appoint Corporation Directors. …
- Hold First Board of Directors Meeting. …
- Issue Company Stock. …
- Taxation Related:
- EIN: Your corporation must obtain a federal employer identification number (EIN).
- S Corporation Filing: If the corporation wants to elect S corporation status for tax purposes, it must submit Form 2553 Election by a Small Business Corporation (signed by all the shareholders).
- Business Licenses: Local DBA’s as needed, etc.
- Don’t forget to: File Michigan Annual Report Requirements.
Well, after seeing a long time client use over $100,000 worth of LT care this year alone, you may wish to visit this question closer. Fortunately, they had purchased LT care insurance.
Handy little tool to estimate your property taxes.
An easy read Dave Ramsey article points out a couple key pointers.
- Zero % ROI brings in nothing, in fact, inflation will eat it alive. You must invest.
- Jumping in or letting panic make you jump out…well, we just hear a sermon on this today. Read all of Mark chapter 13, then realize that there will be ups and downs but don’t run about in sky is falling mode. I know, easier to understand and you get older (ps, I’m older). http://biblehub.com/mark/13-7.htm
- Stupid Decisions. A good read is The Millionare Next Door. Those that stay the course don’t tend to make impulse buys. But on the flip side, if your investment has seen good appreciation, evaluate it for some profit taking. What does that mean ?
When clients accumulate more than one investment property, I show them how they compare against others they own. If they own only one, I’ll give regular feedback on others that are available and how they might compare (ROI). When I was in my 20’s, I was about to make about $10k on a flip that I had $3k into. Dad said, “so you’ll get this much out of it, then rent will stop, and what will you do with the $x’s ?” He’d been trained as a teacher
with an Economics masters degree so it was a straight forward question. I’ve used this approach each time I or a client has cleaned up a house. There are +’s and -‘s to a. selling, b. renting it out, c. ?….you get the idea. I prefer to get investors – and home owners as well – thinking more, jumping off cliffs of optimism less. At the same time, if your $50k house bought as a rental has now shot up to $120k in value and we can get that same rent from a another $75k house, well, I can lead you to water but I can’t make you drink.
See if you notice any trends. If so, please comment what you see.
|History of income tax rates adjusted for inflation (1913–2010)|
|Number of||First Bracket||Top Bracket|
|1913||7||1%||7%||$500,000||$12 million||First permanent income tax|
|1917||21||2%||67%||$2,000,000||$36.9 million||World War I financing|
|1925||23||1.5%||25%||$100,000||$1.35 million||Post war reductions|
|1932||55||4%||63%||$1,000,000||$17.3 million||Depression era|
|1941||32||10%||81%||$5,000,000||$80.4 million||World War II|
|1942||24||19%||88%||$200,000||$2.9 million||Revenue Act of 1942|
|1944||24||23%||94%||$200,000||$2.69 million||Individual Income Tax Act of 1944|
|1964||26||16%||77%||$400,000||$3.05 million||Tax reduction during Vietnam war|
|1981||16||14%||70%||$215,400||$561 thousand||Reagan era tax cuts|
|1982||14||12%||50%||$85,600||$210 thousand||Reagan era tax cuts|
|1987||5||11%||38.5%||$90,000||$187 thousand||Reagan era tax cuts|
|1988||2||15%||28%||$29,750||$59.5 thousand||Reagan era tax cuts|
|1991||3||15%||31%||$82,150||$143 thousand||Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990|
|1993||5||15%||39.6%||$250,000||$410 thousand||Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993|
|2003||6||10%||35%||$311,950||$401 thousand||Bush tax cuts|
|2013||7||10%||39.6%||$400,000||$406 thousand||American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012|
Just when you thought you’d outsmarted the system lying to Ceasar.
First the questions:
- Standard mileage rate or
- Actual costs
Next, the entity question:
- Self employed or
- LLC or S Corp or C Corp
- Using GPS app log ?
- Paper log ?
- If corp titled, is there mixed pers/bus use ?
Well here you go:
(Good advise for the rest of us too)……
Things You Must Have If You Opt Out
If you are going to opt out, there are some things you must do for the rest of your life from a common sense perspective to make sure you and your family are taken care of. They are things you should be doing anyway, but you definitely should not opt out without having these things in place. Otherwise, you’re signing up for major risks that are just not worth taking.
- Term life insurance—You must have a level term policy that covers about 10 times your income. (That’s the average amount, but check with a professional who will take factors like age, income and specific aspects into consideration.) That way, if something happens to you, your family will be taken care of. If you die with children under 18, they would receive a Social Security check, so you’ve got to have a life insurance policy in place if you’re going to opt out, and you must keep it—period—because Social Security is not going to be there for your family to count on.
- Long-term disability insurance—If you become disabled and have opted out, you will not receive anything from the S.S.I. at all. Do not opt out without having a good long-term disability policy in place. Once you have it, keep it!
- Retirement savings – a 403(b) and Roth IRA—You will not be receiving a Social Security check at retirement if you opt out. So what?! If you take the thousands and thousands of dollars you’d be paying into Social Security and put that into a Roth IRA in a good growth stock mutual fund, you’ll retire with dignity times 20!
- Long-Term Care Insurance—Dave recommends long-term care insurance the day you turn 60. So if that’s you, add that to your list of must-have coverages!
Affordable Care Act changes for individuals
The individual mandate penalty increases to the higher of 2 percent of yearly household income or $325 person per year, with a maximum penalty per family for those using this method of $975.
New forms to contend with
The Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C, which were optional for calendar year 2014, must be filed by any person that provides minimum essential coverage to an individual
Also, taxpayers must receive a payee statement (1098-T) before they can claim an American Opportunity, Hope, or Lifetime Learning Credit or take the deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses
These are always great annual reads – especially for those just setting up households or those making a later in life relocation.
PS, Ask us about free relocation screening.
Most contractors / small business owners think of LLC or S-Corp as the only way to go because of ‘double taxation’. But ‘qualified dividends’ – which is most – get a 0% long term capital gains break if you are in the 10% or 15% bracket.
Contact me for more information if you are you’re own boss.
IRS estimates that 17 percent of taxes owed were not paid, leaving $450 billion underpayment more
( i.e. …. hold on to your wallets and document everything ! )
The Detroit News
Gov. Rick Snyder visited with The Detroit News early today for a discussion of his proposed 2012 state budget. Here’s a transcript of the interview.
Car Rental Tax
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest Charges
Hunting License Tax
Marriage License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Property Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt
If, as the following AP excerpt says, the top 10% of earners pay 73% of income taxes, do you think they are rushing out to invest in America ?….expand their businesses & hire people ?…or look for other opportunities ? , P
………It is a system in which the top 10 percent of earners — households making an average of $366,400 in 2006 — paid about 73 percent of the income taxes collected by the federal government.
The bottom 40 percent, on average, make a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment.
“We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing,”……………