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Women from small towns queue up for P2P loans

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
"women borrowers make more timely repayments as compared to their male counterparts. "

5 mistakes millennials should avoid to make the most out of stock investing

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
Millennials' consumption and financial behaviour will play a major role in steering economy.

Finance Bill 2019 becomes Act: President okays interim Budget 2019

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
Tax deducted at source (TDS) threshold for interest income to be increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 per financial year.

Best mutual funds for downpayment for house, car

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
If you have any mutual fund queries, message on ET Mutual Funds on Facebook. We will get it answered by our panel of experts.

New retirement mutual funds don’t offer Sec 80C tax benefit. Should you skip them?

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
Most mutual funds investors invest mainly to build their retirement fund. No wonder, the recent launch of retirement funds has caught their attention.

At least 100 MF schemes own these stocks; that should mean something, right?

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
Domestic institutional investors have become one of the key market drivers in recent years.

CBDT sets up panel to help bring down tax litigation

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
Panel’s suggestion may include applying filter for tax officer before a notice is issued and setting a time limit for concluding probe

Equity schemes for moderately aggressive investors?

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
If you have any mutual fund queries, message on ET Mutual Funds on Facebook. We will get it answered by our panel of experts.

RBI MPC signals another rate cut on the cards

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
The MPC voted for a 25 basis point cut in the benchmark policy rate at its policy meeting on February 7.

Does it make sense to invest in FMPs before April 1 for extra indexation benefit?

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
Even with extra indexation benefit, investors should proceed with caution in the current market, say mutual fund advisors.

Reserve Bank of India seeks info from NBFCs on moratorium given to borrowers

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
There are more than 11,000 NBFCs of which 218 are systemically important, having total assets of Rs 25 lakh crore.

Some banks may make token rate cuts

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
Das, however, argued that India needs softer rates to push growth.

Should you hike VPF contribution?

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
In addition to their normal contribution to EPF, employees can benefit from this higher interest rate by voluntarily contributing more – i.e. through VPF.

President promulgates Unregulated Deposit Scheme Ordinance

Wealth-The Economic Times - 5 hours 43 min ago
The Ordinance will help put a check on illicit deposit taking activities like Saradha scam and Rose Valley chit fund scam.

14 Blue-Chip Dividend Stocks Yielding 4% or More

Kiplinger Personal Finance - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 23:11

While the markets have rebounded from last year's late plunge somewhat in 2019, there's still one positive remnant from the selloff. Dozens of high-quality blue-chip stocks have been cut in price enough to lift their dividend yields above 4%.

At present, familiar names from the consumer staples sector are combining decades of steady dividend growth with near-record yields and bargain-priced valuations.

Energy stocks - which already were depressed due to weakened energy prices - were hacked even deeper. But these companies have already responded to market adversity over the past few years by shedding poorly performing assets, trimming costs, repurchasing stock and paying down debt. Some of those same companies were able to keep raising dividends, too, and now are positioned to survive in lean times and thrive as energy prices recover.

Even some international stocks' yields are ballooning thanks to Brexit fears and a slowdown in several countries' growth.

As a result, each of these 14 blue-chip dividend stocks currently off yields of 4% or better - with the highest payers delivering more than 6%.

SEE ALSO: 57 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2019

The Moneyist: My husband asked me to file a joint tax return without telling me he owes back taxes

MarketWatch - Personal Finance - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 23:05
‘Without my knowledge, my husband allowed the IRS as well as the state of New Jersey to put liens on our home.’

Outside the Box: Hodl my Lambo: Simple investing rules you can borrow from cryptocurrency traders

MarketWatch - Personal Finance - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 22:22
These short and catchy abbreviations apply to investors well beyond cryptocurrencies.

Love & Money: When it makes financial sense for married couples to file their taxes separately

MarketWatch - Personal Finance - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 21:48
While most couples benefit from filing a joint tax return, there are some exceptions.

Top Tax Software Programs for Your 2018 Tax Return

Kiplinger Personal Finance - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 21:34

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered tax rates, eliminated some popular tax deductions and nearly doubled the standard deduction, which will sharply reduce the number of taxpayers who itemize on their tax returns. For many Americans, that should make filing this year's tax return faster and easier, particularly for those using a tax software program. But if you think you'll be able to breeze through your tax return in the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee, you may be disappointed. If you've itemized in the past, you'll probably still need to plug in your mortgage interest, property taxes, charitable contributions, etc., to determine whether itemizing or claiming the standard deduction will give you a lower tax bill. And even if you're confident you'll claim the standard deduction, you could qualify for a raft of tax breaks available to non-itemizers.

Most of the tax software programs we tested alerted us to money-saving tax breaks. They also did an admirable job of asking questions that were relevant to our situations, without bogging us down with questions about, say, farm income. But some provide a lot more hand-holding than others, and prices were all over the map, ranging from free to more than $100 to prepare and e-file a state and federal tax return. Even a taxpayer with a fairly straightforward return could be forced to upgrade to a more expensive program if she has a modest amount of investment income or a health savings account.

Our advice going in: Know thyself. If you're somewhat knowledgeable about the tax code and have prepared your own return in the past, a low-cost program with minimal assistance may be all you need. If you want lots of advice, a more expensive program that offers live chat, easy-to-find help topics and other tools may be worth the extra cost. Just make sure you read the fine print before you start plugging in your numbers.

SEE ALSO: Best States for Low Taxes: 50 States Ranked for Taxes, 2018

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