A long box spread can be a good alternative to buying a Treasury note or a CD if you don’t screw up your order. Here’s how to do it at Fidelity.
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Short Box Spread Trade vs Margin Loan: How It Works at Fidelity
A short box spread trade effectively gets you a loan at a low fixed rate for a fixed term. Don’t do it if there’s any chance you’ll make a mistake.
TurboTax 2021 CARES Act 2.0 $600 Charity Donation Deduction
You need some patience to find the right place in TurboTax for the $300/$600 charity donation deduction for 2021 when you take the standard deduction.
How To Use Password Manager with TreasuryDirect for I Bonds
Do this trick when you buy I Bonds and use a secure password stored in a password manager instead of the virtual keyboard on the TreasuryDirect website.
The Forgotten Deductible Traditional IRA
This article was inspired by a post made by Kevin M on the Bogleheads forum. You may have heard of this rule of thumb about retirement savings priorities: Contribute to 401k (or 403b) to get the full employer match Maximize Roth IRA Maximize 401k (or 403b) Invest in taxable account Kevin asked why a Roth […]
The Case Against Roth 401(k): Still True After All These Years
Most people are better off contributing to a traditional 401k, not a Roth 401k. Here’s why.
I Bonds Tax Treatment During Your Lifetime and After You Die
You can report accrued interest from your I Bonds every year but it gets complicated in real life. Keep it simple and go with the default.
Overpay Your Taxes to Buy $5,000 in I Bonds
I Bonds offer a better yield than all other safe investments. After you max out your annual limit, you can buy another $5,000 by overpaying your taxes.
Where to Get a Signature Guarantee for I Bonds at TreasuryDirect
When you open a TreasuryDirect account to buy I Bonds, sometimes you need a signature guarantee. Ask nicely at a bank, a credit union, or a broker.
Tax Software: Buy the Download, Not the Online Service
Although it sounds like more old school, the software you install on your own computer is actually both less expensive and more powerful.