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    The real reason the Federal Reserve isn't raising interest rates

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The real reason the Fed is sitting on its hands boils down to a lousy employment market.

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    Financial advisers are putting ETFs in the driver's seat

    Whether it's the liquidity, transparency, low cost or something else, financial advisers increasingly are favoring exchange-traded funds over mutual funds. The results of a Financial Planning Association survey of advisers showed that 81% are now using or recommending ETFs, compared with 78% for

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    Not all loan interest is created equal

    There's a lot of misunderstanding regarding the rules on deducting the interest paid on a loan.

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    Supreme Court rules Maryland double-tax structure is unconstitutional

    Accountants prepare clients to refile income tax returns for refund of county taxes.

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    Broker-dealers face administrative hurdles in rollout of QLAC annuity

    Confusion remains over who ensures the contract purchase meets Treasury's guidelines.

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    Trekking to Europe and Japan for attractive dividend income

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Where to look when it's time to go beyond the traditional hunting grounds for dividend income.

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    4 ways to keep clients' portfolios from getting taxed to death

    Your clients will appreciate it if you help them avoid the 43.4% tax bracket

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    Senate Finance Committee OKs changes to college savings plans

    Legislation loosening the rules around Section 529 college savings plans is poised to advance through a key Senate committee Wednesday.The Senate Finance Committee is set to approve a measure that contains three changes that the House of Representatives passed earlier this year by a wide margin.

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    Lessons to learn from the last Nasdaq bubble

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The Nasdaq is back to 2000 levels, but everything else is different.

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    Take advantage of 'tax alpha'

    Be cognizant of the tax treatment of investments and where they should be held.

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    State Street gets the cold shoulder from financial advisers

    Breakfast with Benjamin: State Street gets poor marks from financial advisers, despite dedicated efforts to mend fences and build new relationships.

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    Tax season takeaways keep on coming

    Advisers and accountants are taking a look back at 2014's results and thinking about what they can do better for 2015.

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    Tax season is over, but IRA fixes can still be made

    Roth IRA conversions or contributions can be undone up to Oct. 15 of the following year

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    House passes two tax-reform bills

    Legislation would repeal estate tax, make state, local sales tax deductions permanent.

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    Japan bumps China off the mountain as top holder of U.S. debt

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Japan takes over as America's biggest creditor but China is right behind. Plus: More banks abandon student loan biz, Colorado's weed tax bummer, and where banking is still beyond at least 2 billion people.