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Shelly Schwartz is a CNBC contributor who specializes in personal finance and retirement coverage.
Investors planning to buy a mutual fund in a taxable account by the end of the year can get stuck paying taxes on gains they didn't earn.
The rubber's hitting the road for baby boomers nearing retirement, who must convert nest eggs into a stream of income they won't outlive.
Accelerating deductions, harvesting losses and timing investment income can help taxpayers lower the 2014 tax bite from Uncle Sam.
Regular reallocation of portfolio savings among asset classes is not only wise but critical to managing risk, say financial advisors.
Popular for maximizing after-tax returns, harvesting losses to offset capital gains also comes with some pretty sizable downside risks.
There are fewer tax-code changes for 2014, but the expiration of 48-plus tax breaks might leave students, retirees and homeowners cold.
Rising interest rates and the creditworthiness of bond issuers are just two ways the most benign securities can pack a punch.
While most retirees don't need to have life insurance, others--such as debtors, investors and those with disabled children--may want to keep coverage.
Bruised by a harsh tax bite this year? Reduce pain next year by maximizing deductions, capturing credits and offsetting taxable income by Dec. 31.
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