Why new tax rules make Roth accounts better than ever

Why new tax rules make Roth accounts better than ever

Many people retire in their late 50s or early 60s, years before RMDs begin, which creates a window of time where tax planning opportunities abound. […] Actively engaging in tax planning can boost your after-tax income in retirement by a meaningful amount.

With lower rates now, you can engage in tax arbitrage.

Using An Intentionally Defective Irrevocable Trust (IDIT) To Gift Your Family Business

Using An Intentionally Defective Irrevocable Trust (IDIT) To Gift Your Family Business

If you are considering making a sizable gift to a family member such as a partial interest in the family business, how you structure the transaction can have a meaningful impact on the success of the transfer, minimizing taxes, and the control you have even after making the gift.

Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax

William Nordhaus has been writing for four decades about climate change and the value of using prices to reduce carbon emissions. His research shows that raising prices through, say, a carbon tax, is a far more effective and efficient way to lower carbon emissions than direct government controls on the quantity of emissions through, say, regulatory limits on cars and power plants.

Trade Deals & Latin America

Trade Deals & Latin America

Chile, Mexico and Peru in March became members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The agreement reduces tariffs between 11 countries, including Japan and Canada, which amount to 13% of the global economy.

The Tax Treatment Of Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

The Tax Treatment Of Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

The IRS classifies all cryptocurrencies as property. Buying Bitcoin is not a taxable event. But using Bitcoin to buy something else is considered a sale of Bitcoin and selling property for more than you purchased it for is a taxable event. If you "sell" some Bitcoin at a profit that you purchased within the last year, you will have to report short term capital gains on your tax return and pay ordinary income tax rates.

US Dollar as the Global Currency

US Dollar as the Global Currency

The best thing the dollar has going for it is that its challengers are weak. The euro represents a monetary union, but there’s no central taxing and spending authority. Italy’s recent woes are only the latest challenge to the euro zone’s durability. China is another pretender to the throne. But China’s undemocratic leadership is wary of the openness to global trade and capital flows that having a widely used currency requires. In a December interview with Quartz news site, Eichengreen said, “Every true global currency in the history of the world has been the currency of a democracy or a political republic, as far back as the republican city-states of Venice, Florence, and Genoa in the 14th and 15th centuries.”

Swiss startup SEBA raises funds to build crypto bank

Swiss startup SEBA raises funds to build crypto bank

Swiss startup SEBA Crypto AG has raised 100 million Swiss francs ($103 million) to build a bank offering cryptocurrency services to companies and investors while extending traditional banking services to firms in the new industry.