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It’s not hard to understand why Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is one of the most famous public companies on earth. In the third quarter of 2021, Berkshire posted operating earnings of a whopping $6.5 billion, up 18% from the year before. The company’s shares gained nearly 30% in 2021. If you’d like to own a […]

Think back to a year ago. Everybody was ready for a booming economic recovery and a summer of love in 2021, all made possible by Covid-19 vaccines. Some were even saying the end of the pandemic was in sight. Then the Delta and Omicron variants arrived. As 2021 draws to a close, the pandemic continues […]

Since Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975, it’s become one of the world’s largest technology companies, producing everything from computers and software to gaming systems and cloud computing support for space exploration. All that growth means robust revenues. In quarterly earnings released in October 2021, Microsoft’s revenue was $45.3 billion, a 22% […]

Americans are feeling better about their economic prospects than they did one year ago, but they seem decidedly more pessimistic than in the rosy days of summer, according to the most recent Forbes Advisor-Ipsos Consumer Confidence Weekly Tracker. The headline confidence index declined slightly to 55.1 in the Dec. 14-15 survey, down from 55.9 two […]

Reddit, the popular online community with tens of thousands of subgroups dedicated to interests as varied as cryptocurrency to a childless existence, announced that it has filed a confidential report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This marks the company’s first step towards an initial public offering (IPO). The announcement will undoubtedly be thrilling […]

The S&P 500 Index is the leading barometer for judging the performance of the U.S. stock market. Funds that track this benchmark index provide the cornerstone for the portfolios of many regular buy-and-hold investors—and that makes understanding how to invest in the S&P 500 a key skill to learn. What Is the S&P 500? The […]

Taxpayers may be able to take advantage of numerous deductions and credits on their taxes each year that can help them pay a lower amount of taxes—or receive a refund from the IRS. You may be able to write off the following twelve common write-offs, which include both tax credits and deductions. Additionally, you may […]

November began with stocks on another tear, setting record high after record high, but ended abruptly with the market in retreat. By the end of November, the S&P 500 had fallen 2.9% from its latest all-time high, and closed out the month down 0.8%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tumbled 3.7% and the […]

The U.S. economy is acting strangely these days, and Americans are highly conflicted about the state of their financial prospects. Take the job market. Employers added 531,000 jobs in October, while the August and September labor market reports were revised higher by a combined total of 235,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6%, and […]

One of the nice things about the U.S. tax code is that if one of your investments ends up in the red, you can sell it at a loss and reduce your taxable income. Just be careful not to repurchase the same security too soon (or one that’s substantially similar), or you could end up […]

Mortgage rates are at rock bottom, housing demand is sky high and millions of Americans are rethinking where to live as businesses embrace remote work. What better time for to go public? This five-year-old online mortgage startup has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years thanks to these trends, plus its canny ability to streamline […]

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