‘Am I crazy?’ I’ve paid my fiancée rent for 9 years and spent $10,000 improving her home. She’s also listed on my health insurance. What should I do?

I have a situation that is causing a lot of issues in my relationship. We have been dating for 17 years, have lived together for close to nine years and have been engaged for six.  When I moved into her house, we agreed I would pay $600 a month in rent. Over the years, I … Read more

Opinion: The limit for 401(k) contributions will jump nearly 10% in 2023, but it’s not always a good idea to max out your retirement investments

The federal government will allow you to save nearly 10% more for retirement in 2023. But it’s not likely that many will take advantage of the tax break. The simple reason: Most people don’t make enough money to save more from their paychecks.  The average amount that participants contribute is 7.3% of their salary, according … Read more

Democrats release Trump’s tax returns, and CPAs have questions: ‘In order to generate these kinds of losses, you need to be super rich. It’s not a poor man’s game.’

The nonpartisan committee’s findings also raised several red flags related to the filings, namely Trump’s carryover losses, loans to his children that may or may not also be considered taxable gifts, and deduction-related tax write-offs.  That year, as the COVID pandemic hit, the Trumps reported a loss of $4.8 million. For 2018 and 2019, the … Read more

Opinion: The stock market is range-bound over the short term. Don’t expect that to last long.

The U.S. stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index SPX, +1.75%, has struggled this week overall, during what is typically a seasonally bullish period. That is what Yale Hirsch termed “the Santa Claus rally” 60 years ago. It covers the time period of the last five trading days of one year and the … Read more

Tesla’s stock drop has been bad. But this company has hurt investors even more.

Elon Musk has been trying this week to defend Tesla’s abysmal stock performance in 2022. The electric vehicle giant has seen its stock plummet by 61% this year, making it the 11th-worst performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2022. “As bank savings account interest rates, which are guaranteed, start to approach stock market returns, … Read more

Opinion: There’s a strong possibility that the bear market in stocks is over as investors have given up hope

A contrarian case can be made that the stock market rally since the October lows is the beginning of a new bull market. That’s because the criteria for “capitulation” that I laid out in previous columns have been met. Capitulation occurs when investors give up because of despair, the last emotional stage of bear market … Read more

‘We’re headed for a family feud’: My father offered his 3 kids equal monetary gifts. My siblings took cash. I took stock. It’s soared in value — now they’re crying foul

Dear Quentin, Several years before my father’s death, he offered me and my two siblings each an early “cash gift” from his estate in the amount of whatever the maximum non-taxable amount was at the time. He was an active investor and offered the gift in the form of the stock instead of cash. My siblings … Read more

Opinion: This record number in Nvidia earnings is a scary sight

Nvidia Corp.’s financial results had a bit of a surprise for investors, and not on the good side — product inventories doubled to a record high as the chip company gears up for a questionable holiday season. Nvidia reported fiscal third-quarter revenue that was slightly better than analysts’ reduced expectations Wednesday, but the numbers weren’t … Read more

Opinion: Elon Musk pumps Tesla stock with ridiculous $4 trillion target. Is a dump coming next?

Another Tesla Inc. earnings call, and another fanciful Elon Musk prediction that likely encouraged yet another open file at the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The chief executive of Tesla Inc. TSLA, +0.84% told investors Wednesday that he believes the valuation of the electric-car maker will exceed the combined market capitalization of the two … Read more

This stock market strategist says the coming recession could be the biggest ever. ‘I recommend prayer.’

Keith McCullough, founder and CEO of Hedgeye Risk Management, isn’t one to mince words about financial markets, the Federal Reserve or the economy. Right now he has a few less-than-charitable things to say about how the Fed’s rate hikes have ground up stock and bond investors. His investment-research firm’s economic models turned bearish on stocks and … Read more