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On April 18th, 2019, Craig Bolanos was featured in Debbie Carlson’s 4 Reasons Why a High-Dividend Stock Isn’t Worth It article appearing in U.S. News & World Report. In the article, she talks about how investors should be skeptical of high-dividend-yield stocks. In the article, Craig defines a high-yield stock as anything with a yield of more than 4%, and is says that such stocks necessitate a “look beneath the surface.” The article says that one problem with investing in high-dividend stocks is that an investor’s portfolio can become too concentrated in volatile industries. For example, steep valuation drops in the energy sector hurt some investors. Craig says there’s an open question about the sustainability of dividend payments from retail companies due to the rise of online shopping.
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On March 8th, 2019, Craig Bolanos was featured in Debbie Carlson’s 3 Tax-Deductible Investment Expenses article appearing in U.S. News & World Report. In the article, she talks about changes to the tax code and turning qualified dividends into ordinary income. Craig says that people normally wouldn’t want to do this, unless they have a lot of investment interest expenses they can’t write off. He is quoted as saying that if someone can’t take an investment expense because most of their taxable income is qualified dividends, he’d “be willing to turn those qualified dividends into ordinary income dividends to escape taxation.” He also advises that people should run multiple scenarios and projections to see how the changes to the tax code will affect them.
Disclaimer: Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advise or recommendations for any individual. Wealth Management Group and LPL Financial do not provide tax advice or services.
On January 3rd 2019, Craig Bolanos was featured in Debbie Carlson’s 8 Questions to Ask During Volatile Markets article appearing in U.S. News & World Report. On slide three he advises people with formalized investment plans to ask their financial advisors to qualify why their goals are on track. He says investments should be based on when the person plans on consuming their invested money. When asked the question, “Why am I going to be OK?”, Craig is quoted saying that the answer that’s acceptable to this question, is an answer that can be routed back to the client’s financial plan.
Disclosures: The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and may not be invested into directly. There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. All investing involves risk including loss of principal. No strategy assures success or protects against loss. Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. Bond values will decline as interest rates rise and bonds are subject to availability and change in price. The prices of small cap stocks are generally more volatile than large cap stocks. International investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and political instability and may not be suitable for all investors. These risks are often heightened for investments in emerging markets. Alternative investments may not be suitable for all investors and should be considered as an investment for the risk capital portion of the investor’s portfolio. The strategies employed in the management of alternative investments may accelerate the velocity of potential losses.
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