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Given current conditions, should you buy or sell stocks?

By Dan Moisand | April 18, 2013

The first quarter of 2013 marked the four year anniversary of the low point for the world’s stock markets during the financial crisis and market panic of 2008/2009.  Just a few weeks ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 14,000 for the first time since October 12, 2007 and set a new all-time high. …

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Protect yourself against tax fraud and identity theft

By Dan Moisand | March 15, 2013

March 2013 Fraud is much easier to commit when dealing with complex and confusing matters. The American Tax Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) passed at the eleventh hour of the “fiscal cliff” drama did little to reduce the complexity of our tax code. But confusion with tax changes does not have to result in fraud.…

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Tamayo talks ID theft prevention on WFTV Channel 9: NEWS & NOTES Winter 2013

By Dan Moisand | February 14, 2013

  Making News… Ron Tamayo wrote an informative column on year-end tax planning for the Winter Park/Maitland Observer. Dan Moisand’s monthly Q&A columns for Florida Today covered how the rules for Required Minimum Distributions from IRAs differ from those for Roth IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s and other retirement accounts, the importance of controlling one’s intake of news, and lottery…

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For successful investing, control your intake of business news

By Dan Moisand | December 17, 2012

For successful investing, control your intake of business news To make investing a good experience, you must control your intake of business news. In many areas of life, we are given the advice to focus on what we can control.  With respect to investments, the well informed will make sure, among other things, that they…

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NEWS & NOTES Fall 2012

By Dan Moisand | November 15, 2012

Making News… Ron Tamayo wrote a column on how markets may or may not have been affected by the results of presidential elections for the Winter Park/Maitland Observer. Dan Moisand was the subject of a two page “Practice Profile” in Financial Planning magazine.  The piece touched on a few of his career highlights, travels, advocacy…

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Should I prepare my portfolio for a post-election drop?

By Dan Moisand | September 10, 2012

September 2012 Beginning in late summer of every election year, the media begins to predict how the markets may behave for the two major political parties and give airtime to the campaigns that are actively trying to get us worked up.  As financial advisors, we are now fielding questions like, “They say that if “Mr.…

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News and notes – Summer 2012

By Dan Moisand | August 24, 2012

Making News… Ron Tamayo contributed a piece to the Winter Park/Maitland Observer that explained the new taxes slated to take effect in 2013 from the greatly debated health care act.  As Ron pointed out, “The Affordable Care Act imposes new or increased taxes on some, but it will certainly increase the complexity of our tax system.” Dan Moisand‘s…

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What the Facebook IPO teaches us about investing

By Dan Moisand | June 28, 2012

June 2012 It was hard to find a financial issue that got more attention in May than the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Facebook (FB). Amid the hoopla, there are many lessons to be learned from the events leading up to and since FB went public on May 18th. Chasing what’s hot can get you…

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

By Dan Moisand | March 17, 2012

March 2012 Buy low, sell high. This simple concept is far from easy because it is often difficult to assess whether or not a potential investment is being offered at a low value or high value. Just ask Rupert Murdoch. In 2005, his conglomerate News Corp. bought arguably the hottest social media company among young…

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Navigating the new tax reporting requirements

By Dan Moisand | December 10, 2011

December 2011 The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 included new tax reporting requirements to the IRS mandating that certain firms report the adjusted cost basis of sold securities, including whether the gain or loss is short or long-term. Because of this, the Form 1099-B for 2011 from custodians like Schwab and TD Ameritrade will…

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Easing stress during uncertain times

By Dan Moisand | September 10, 2011

September 2011 “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” The principals at Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo have had their Certified Financial Planner designation since at least 1994 and our least experienced advisor has been with our firm since 2002. Thus, due to our years of experience working directly with clients and through our interactions…

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Portfolio strategies to counter inflation

By Dan Moisand | June 11, 2011

June 2011 With high government spending and rising national debt, many people are asking how they can prepare for potentially higher inflation. There are two basic ways to address inflation uncertainty: hedging the immediate effects or earning a total return that outpaces inflation. It may seem that everyone thinks inflation is coming and interest rates…

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Municipal bond default risk way overblown

By Dan Moisand | March 11, 2011

March 2011 With debt levels of many governments around the world at high levels and several states and municipalities also struggling to contain their borrowing, the venerable 60 Minutes thought a discussion about fiscal stresses might make for notable TV. They were right. They brought a guest named Meredith Whitney on the December 19th broadcast…

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The Power of Concentration

By Dan Moisand | December 11, 2010

One of the most common causes of the outperformance – and underperformance – is concentrating the portfolio in just a few holdings. The pitch is that the money is invested in only a few “best ideas”. It is a nice idea with great appeal. Why would anyone buy securities they didn’t feel strongly about? Well, the markets don’t care how any individual feels. But what is often ignored are the greater risks inherent in such a strategy.

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