INCOME AND TAXATION

RETIREMENT INCOME AND TAXATION When you retire, you will need income to finance your normal living expenses. You should consider what the sources of that income will be, and how that income will be taxed. Knowing the general outlines of the taxation of different forms of income may influence your decisions about investing your savings. What do you need to know about income and taxation? Below are some of the typical types of retirement income and a description of how they are taxed. Although this list does include many common…

Start Investing Easily

How to Start Investing Easily With Just $100 Investing your money into the stock market and bonds isn’t something you do later; it’s something you start doing as early on in your life as possible. Why? To give your money the most amount of time to work for you. You see, if you save $100 in your sock drawer, 30 years from now when you go to check on it, you will still only have $100. Conversely, if you invest $100 in a mutual fund, even if you never made…

Stocks or Bonds

Stocks or Bonds for Your Retirement Account? Stocks are riskier than bonds which is why they have a higher expected return. The right risks, taken Foolishly, can pay off in the long run. “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” — James Bryant Conant, American diplomat In our Foolish Steps to Retirement, we recognize that we’re going to have to take risks to reap rewards. Market risk (the chance you will lose money) and reward (the chance that your investments will head skyward) travel…

Home Ownership on Retirement

The Impact of Home Ownership on Retirement. What role should home equity play in your retirement plans? We explain all. Your home is more than four walls and a roof. (And hopefully a floor.) For owners with significant equity in their homes, it can also be a money tree. For Fools, the trick is in deciding whether, when, and how to start harvesting that cash. Early in retirement? Later? Or never? That’s a personal decision. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and an important symbol…

Right Time to Invest

When’s the Right Time to Invest? In the stock market, timing is nothing — but time is everything. It’s not surprising that first-time investors often worry about the timing of their initial stock purchases. Getting started at the wrong point in the market’s ups and downs can leave you staring at big losses right off the bat. But take heart, Fools: Whenever you first invest, time is on your side. Over the long haul, the compounding returns of a well-chosen investment will add up nicely, whatever the market happens to…

Why Should I Invest?

Have you ever ask yourself “why should I invest?” Welcome to Investing Basics! If you’ve found your way here, chances are you’ve either got some money socked away or you’re planning to do so. But first things first. Why is investing a smart idea? Simply put, you want to invest in order to create wealth. It’s relatively painless, and the rewards are plentiful. By investing in the stock market, you’ll have a lot more money for things like retirement, education, recreation — or you could pass on your riches to…