After registering the swiftest 35% decline on record, the S&P 500 — a stock market index that measures the stock performance of the 500 largest U.S. publicly traded companies — has rallied more than 25% and now sits only about 15% from its most recent all-time high. Many are wondering how the market could be performing so well in the face of COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdown. There are a few points to consider on this matter:
There is no doubt these are extraordinary and unprecedented times.
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As investors gather their tax information for the 2019 tax season, we thought it would be helpful to address two recurring questions that come up this time of year. “My investment returns were strong last year, but my accountant doesn’t seem so sure as I don’t have a lot of taxable investment income to report. How did I really do overall?” This common comment shines a light on the relationship between a portfolio’s investment return and what qualifies as taxable income. It is helpful to approach each concept separately to understand their connection. Your portfolio’s investment return represents the amount of money your [...]