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”CIRCUIT BREAKERS” AND “COLLARS” HELP STABILIZE STOCK TRADING

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Stock prices will always fluctuate — daily, monthly and annually. You need to accept this reality if you're going to be a long-term investor. But you do have some protection from extreme volatility — in the form of "circuit breakers" and "trading collars."

These strange-sounding terms refer to mechanisms designed to restrict "program trading" on the New York Stock Exchange. Program trading is a system of buying and selling stocks based on signals from computer programs, usually sent directly...

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MUTUAL FUNDS VS. STOCKS — WHICH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

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If you've been investing for a while, you've probably been exposed to both stocks and mutual funds. And, at times, you may have wondered which of these investments is more appropriate. Does one offer more advantages than the other? If so, are you putting your money in the right place?

There's no one "right" answer for everyone. In truth, both mutual funds and stocks offer distinct benefits. Let's take a quick look at some of them:

 

Advantages of Mutual Funds

• Diversification — When you...

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KNOW “GIFT TAX” RULES BEFORE HANDING OUT PRESENTS

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If you plan on giving cash or financial assets to your family, you'll want to make sure you avoid a side effect of your generosity — gift taxes.

Gift tax laws are designed to discourage people from giving away all their assets to reduce the estate tax burden on their heirs. And yet, by being creative, you can still make sizable presents to your loved ones, without being hit by heavy gift taxes.

Before making any gifts, though, you'll want to familiarize yourself with gift tax regulations. To...

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VINCENT J. BACKS BECOMES MEMBER

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OF FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY BOARD OF SALIN BANK AND TRUST COMPANY

 

Vincent J. (Vince) Backs, Senior Partner and Member of the Executive Committee of the law firm of Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP, civic and business leader, has been named to the Fort Wayne Community Board of Salin Bank and Trust Company, Chairman William N. Salin announced.

Salin Bank, one of the top ten state chartered banks in Indiana, has a strong community banking focus. In addition to designating a Community...

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DON’T LET ACCOUNTING SCANDALS SEND YOU TO INVESTMENT SIDELINES

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If you invest in stocks, then you probably haven't had a lot of good news over the last few months—or even the past couple of years. Of course, stock performance has always been cyclical, but now, it seems, a new wrinkle has been thrown in: corporate malfeasance. And the recent wave of accounting scandals may get you thinking of getting out of the market altogether.

Before you sell all your stocks, though, you may want to put recent events in the context of the emotional side of investing...

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FUNDING IRA WITH MUTUAL FUNDS OFFERS KEY BENEFITS

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Recent changes in the tax laws allow you to put in more money each year to either your Roth IRA or "traditional" IRA. But if you're going to take full advantage of these new, higher contribution limits, you need to select the right vehicles with which to fund your IRA. In picking these investments, consider mutual funds — they can offer you some significant advantages.

Before we look at the benefits of placing mutual funds within an IRA, let's look at the new contribution limits. Until 2002...

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