Skip the Surtax: A Tax-Saving Strategy for CRTs

Daniel B. Eagan, Steve Schilling and Tara Thompson Popernik A special provision buried deep in a recent set of proposed US Treasury regulations opens the door for charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) to protect gains from being subject to next year’s 3.8% Medicare surtax. Here’s how CRTs can reduce their beneficiaries’ tax burden. 

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What Did You Learn in 2012?

In 2012, investors worried about the future of the euro, the US fiscal cliff and the emerging-market slowdown…yet stocks still climbed higher. What lessons should we learn from 2012? We’d suggest four key takeaways.

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To Wait or Not to Wait? That Is the Charitable Gifting Question

Daniel B. Eagan and Brian Wodar The tax impact of delaying a charitable gift by just a couple of weeks (until 2013) could be large, but it may not be positive for US taxpayers.

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Hedge Funds: Identifying Alpha and Mitigating Risk

Hedge funds have historically generated higher returns than stocks with less volatility, but they also pose several significant risks that volatility alone doesn’t capture, our research suggests. That makes careful due diligence and diversification of managers crucial. 

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TAG Could Be Tagged in Fiscal-Cliff Negotiations

Doug Peebles, Jon Denfeld and Ed Dombrowski Caught up in the wrangling over the US fiscal cliff is a little-publicized program that could have big implications for short-term investors and bond yields if the program expires on December 31. If the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program ends, huge sums of money may start looking for a new [...]

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Rooting Out Biases in Hedge-Fund Data

In a recent article, I discussed the conclusions about hedge fund’s historical returns and risk we reached after rooting out biases in the data available. Here’s how we sought to eliminate those biases.

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A Municipal Bond Cliffhanger

Municipal bonds are popular because the interest they pay is exempt from federal taxation. But in its search for solutions to the fiscal cliff, the US federal government is looking under every rock for more revenue sources. This could put muni bonds’ tax-exempt status at risk.

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Tomato, Tomahto: Why Obama, Simpson-Bowles and Others Miss the Point on Munis

When it comes to eliminating or modifying the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds, everyone seems to have an opinion these days.

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Hedge Funds: Separating Fact from Hype

It’s easy to understand the allure of hedge funds—and the fear they inspire. After conducting rigorous research aimed at separating fact from hype, we have concluded that hedge funds historically have had an attractive risk/return profile.

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Investors Vote for Equities as Japanese Elections Near

Takeo Aso and Nicholas Davidson Current bearishness on the yen is reigniting investors’ interest in Japanese equities. In our view, yen weakness is likely to continue and may help boost the Japanese equity market, with undervalued companies poised to benefit most.

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