TAX LOSS HARVESTING: What it is?

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What Is Tax-Loss Harvesting?

Tax-loss harvesting is the timely selling of securities at a loss in order to offset the amount of capital gains tax due on the sale of other securities at a profit. 

This strategy is most often used to limit the amount of taxes due on short-term capital gains, which are generally taxed at a higher rate than long-term capital gains. However, the method may also offset long-term capital gains. This strategy can help preserve the value of the investor’s portfolio while reducing the cost of capital gains taxes.

There is a $3,000 limit on the amount of capital gains losses that a federal taxpayer can deduct in a single tax year. However, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules allow additional losses to be carried forward into the following tax years.

4 Key Points

  • Tax-loss harvesting is a strategy investors can use to reduce the total amount of capital gains taxes due from the sale of profitable investments.
  • The strategy involves selling an asset or security at a net loss.
  • The investor can then use the proceeds to purchase a similar asset or security, maintaining the portfolio’s overall balance.
  • The investor must be careful not to violate the IRS rule against buying a “substantially identical” investment within 30 days.

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What is a Financial CDO and CMO?

Collateralized Debt Obligations

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COLLATERALIZED MORTGAGE OBLIGATIONS

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A collateralized debt obligation (CDO) is a type of structured asset-backed security (ABS). Originally developed as instruments for the corporate debt markets, after 2002 CDOs became vehicles for refinancing mortgage-backed securities (MBS).

Like other private label securities backed by assets, a CDO can be thought of as a promise to pay investors in a prescribed sequence, based on the cash flow the CDO collects from the pool of bonds or other assets it owns. Distinctively, CDO credit risk is typically assessed based on a probability of default (PD) derived from ratings on those bonds or assets.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/0826102549

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Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) - Assignment Point

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Collateralized Mortgage Obligation

A CMO is a debt security backed by mortgages. These mortgage pools are usually separated into different maturity classes called tranches (from the French word for “slice”). The securities were issued by private issuers, as well as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). As the mortgages were usually government-guaranteed, CMOs usually carried AAA ratings until their current financial meltdown. The early versions of CMOs were known as “plain vanilla,” but recent developments gave us PACs (planned amortization certificates) and TACs (targeted amortization certificates); among too many others. They were all variations on how principal repayments in advance of maturity date were treated.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/0826102549

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WASH SALE RULE: Not For Cryptocurrency?

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DEFINITION

The wash-sale rule prohibits selling an investment for a loss and replacing it with the same or a “substantially identical” investment 30 days before or after the sale. If you do have a wash sale, the IRS will not allow you to write off the investment loss which could make your taxes for the year higher than you hoped.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/082610254

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Don’t get soaked by the wash sale

Even if you sell at a loss from a brokerage account or IRA, it still might not want to permanently exit a portfolio position. It may want to get back into an investment now at a cheaper cost with room to re-grow.

BUT – Just wait a moment, according to the IRS “wash-sale” rule.

The IRS will not count a capital loss if, within 30 days before the sale or within 30 days afterwards, the taxpayer is also buying or acquiring a “substantially identical” investment. The rule applies to investments like stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange traded funds and options – but not cryptocurrency.

The basic trick is just keeping track of the days. Another skill is considering what counts as “substantially identical” for the fast-moving investor who sees a buying opportunity either 30 days before or after the day of sale.

An investor could sell a stock and buy an exchange traded fund or mutual fund that contains the stock and not run afoul of the rule, Going the other way, from a mutual fund or ETF containing a stock to a direct stock purchase, also will not trigger the rule, he noted.

EXAMPLE: Suppose an investor has several investment accounts — perhaps one is a long-term account and the other is more for short-term trades. The rule applies across the account. So if one sells and the other buys within 30 days before or after, the wash-sale rule will scrap the capital loss.

Buying and selling shares of two different funds tracking the same index within the 30-day period could also cause the wash sale rule to kick in. However, a move like selling a piece of an ETF tracking the S&P 500, and then soon buying an ETF tracking the Russell 1000 Index would be OK according to a tutorial from Charles Schwab SCHW, +3.70%. “That would preserve your tax break and keep you in the market with about the same asset allocation,” an explainer said.

But while someone’s eyeing a repurchase and letting the wash-sale window close one place, they may have a chance to start the tax strategy process in a different part of their portfolio. “There’s really tax loss harvesting opportunities across a number of different asset classes this year.”

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About the Richard Feynman Learning Technique

What it is – How it works?

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I’ve taught at the undergraduate, graduate, business and medical school levels. And, I’ve used and modified the Feynman technique at every level.

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Learning From the Richard Feynman Technique

  1. Identify the subject. Write down everything you know about the topic.
  2. Teach it to a child. If you can teach a concept to a child, you’re way ahead of the game.
  3. Identify your knowledge gaps. This is the point where the real learning happens.
  4. Organize + simplify + Tell a story. Start to tell your story.

VIDEO: https://collegeinfogeek.com/feynman-technique/

Assessment: Some time the Feynman Technique even reminds me of the 70-20-10 Leadership Model.

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Stock Market Update and China COVID Policy

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  • Markets: Stocks closed their otherwise terrible week on a high note following another solid jobs report for October. The US economy added 261,000 jobs last month, more than expected, though the unemployment rate ticked up to 3.7%. The Fed wants to see the labor market loosen up before it’s willing to slow down its rate hikes.
  • Stock spotlight: Carvana, the online used car retailer that surged during the pandemic, suffered its worst day ever and closed near its all-time low. Carvana’s plunge of more than 95% this year makes it a prime example of Covid darlings that were caught flat-footed when the macroeconomic environment deteriorated and pandemic trends (like huge demand for used cars) snapped back to normal.
  • DraftKings stock had its worst day on record, down nearly 28%, after revealing a longer-than-expected path to profitability.

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Is China going to loosen its Covid policies? Investors pounced on rumors this week that Beijing was thinking about relaxing its draconian Covid precautions, sending Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index to its best week in a decade. Separately, Reuters obtained a recording of a former Chinese disease control official telling a conference that China would be making big changes to its “dynamic-zero” Covid policy.

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What is E-Learning?

What it is – How it works?

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Live Interactive iMBA Education

Electronic Classes can require intense interaction between live faculty members and adult-learners, often more so than in many traditional on-ground courses; and most automated Computer Based Training (CBT) programs.

Students [adult learners] are typically expected to log-in and contribute three to five times each week. With this frequency of interaction, students and faculty all get to know one another, well. There are few opportunities for passivity.

In fact, in the iMBA CERTIFIED MEDICAL PLANNER™ program, students tend to interact with instructors much more than in traditional settings; thus promoting future peer-based discussions and real world applications.

Moreover, in the electronic iMBA classroom, everyone must write; particularly for the R&D loaded CERTIFIED MEDICAL PLANNER™ program. All assignments are typed, creating a permanent record of each person’s contribution. Faculty members find this promotes careful, reflective submissions from most students.

Additionally, instructors can easily monitor student progress and communicate with those who need help, or who have trouble keeping up. This is usually done privately by e-mail, fax or phone after certain online expectations have been clarified.

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