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What are Industry-Specific Mutual Funds?

Industry-specific funds attempt to capture the movements of a single industry. Industry-specific mutual funds will usually limit themselves to investing in particular industries. There are thousands of such funds. Their focus can be very broad (such as technology - here) or very narrow (such as solar energy - here). Investors who would like to gain exposure to specific industries to round out their portfolios can do so with an industry-specific fund which offers diversification among many different holdings in an industry, as opposed to one or two stocks in an industry. Continue reading...

What are the Contribution Deadlines for My Money Purchase/Profit Plan?

Contributions for Money Purchase and Profit Sharing plans come entirely from the employer, and must be made before the deadline. In order for an employer to deduct contributions to a money purchase or profit sharing plan, the first thing that needs to happen is that the plan has to be set up by the last day of that year, which is generally December 31. SEP IRAs, which are different than money purchase or profit sharing plans, do not have to be set up until contributions are made, which can be up until the tax deadline (with extensions). Continue reading...

How are My Retirement Benefits Computed?

Each Defined Benefit Plan has its own formula and therefore its own calculations. These formulas need to be arranged by an enrolled actuary to insure that they’ll work over time and will hold up to IRS scrutiny. In general, however, the calculations are strongly based on factors such as your age, your salary, and the number of years you have spent working for the company. For every bit of salary you collect, or length of time you add to your tenure, you add incremental amounts to the set benefit waiting for you in retirement. Continue reading...

What is a Settlement Date?

The length of time after a trade is executed that the securities are due delivered and the payment is due paid varies for different types of transactions, but the date on which this occurs is the settlement date. Most exchange-traded corporate securities in the United States are required to be settled three days after the trade order is entered, which is called T+3. That date is the settlement date, and is the final date on which the transaction must be finalized by both parties involved. Continue reading...

What is the Home Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP)?

HASP came into being in 2009 in response to the housing market crash that made life very difficult for many Americans. Also known as the Making Home Affordable Plan. It called for the creation of various programs and support for lending institutions, consumers, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Homeowner Affordability and Stability Program (HASP) has three main parts. Part one is to aid responsible homeowners who are suffering from falling home prices and have become underwater on their mortgages. Continue reading...

What is Income Tax Payable?

Income Tax Payable is an account on a company’s ledger where they reserve amounts that will be used to pay the tax liability in the current quarter or year. This account tends to be separate from payroll taxes and sales taxes. This account will typically be empty at the end of the fiscal year. Corporations must pay income taxes based on their gross income, and the funds to pay them are held in the Income Tax Payable account on their company ledger. Continue reading...

How Does HIPAA Impact Financial Perspectives?

Ever wondered how your medical data remains private and secure? Dive into the world of HIPAA, the groundbreaking act that revolutionized healthcare privacy and data protection. From its inception in 1996 to its modern-day implications, discover how HIPAA shapes the healthcare landscape Continue reading...

Navigating Investment Diversification: Blend or Balanced Funds?

Investing can be as much about managing risks as it is about targeting returns. Two popular vehicles for diversification and risk management are blend funds and balanced funds. While they may sound similar, they serve different purposes in an investor's portfolio. Understanding these differences is critical for making informed investment decisions. Continue reading...

What does the term "Acquirer" mean?

Unlock the Secrets of Acquirers in Corporate Finance and Payments! Dive into the world of corporate and merchant acquirers as we demystify their roles, types, and impact on businesses. From reshaping industries to powering electronic payments, acquirers are the linchpins of change and facilitators of commerce. Discover the pivotal dynamics behind the scenes! Continue reading...

Best 5G stocks

Unveiling the titans of the 5G era! Dive into the companies at the forefront of the next-gen connectivity revolution, shaping a future where technology knows no bounds. From chipmakers to telecom giants, discover who's who in the 5G landscape." Continue reading...