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Long-Term Capital Gains Tax Rates in 2020
When you sell an asset for more than you paid for it, or specifically for more than your cost basis, the net profit is considered to be a capital gain. For a simplified example, if you spend $5,000 to buy shares of a certain stock and sell your position for $7,000, you'd have a $2,000 capital gain. The way capital gains are taxed depends on how long the asset was owned for. The time period to keep in mind is one year. If you owned the asset for one year or less before selling it, you would have […]

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Why TD Ameritrade Stock Jumped 35% in November
What happened Shares of TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ: AMTD) gained 35% in value last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The shares surged higher on the news that Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW) had reached an agreement to acquire TD Ameritrade in an all-stock deal valued at $26 billion. It's a big deal, and not just in dollar terms. The combination of two of the most popular full-service brokers could create an enormous advantage for both companies. Under the terms of […]

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Ask a Fool: Is It Time to Rebalance My Stock Portfolio?
Q: I'm doing some year-end financial checkups. How do I know if my stock portfolio needs rebalancing? First off, rebalancing refers to strategically selling and/or buying investments in order to correct an imbalance in your asset allocation. There are two reasons you might want to rebalance your portfolio. The first is if any of your investments have done especially well (or poorly) and your portfolio is now a bit top-heavy. For example, I invested nearly 10% of my portfolio's value in Bank of […]

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Why Whiting Petroleum Stock Is Surging Again Today
What happened Shares of Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) are in rally mode again today, having risen more than 10% by 10:30 a.m. EST on Friday. The energy company is bouncing back after an analyst-fueled sell-off yesterday thanks to some good news from OPEC. So what Whiting Petroleum's stock has been bouncing all over the place this week. Shares surged 12.7% on Wednesday thanks to a big uptick in oil prices. Fueling that rally was news that U.S. oil inventory levels had declined sharply as well as […]

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Slack CEO: Microsoft Teams Will Soon Hit 100 Million Users but We Don't Care
User metrics are undeniably important for tech platforms, but Slack (NYSE: WORK) investors have arguably been focusing too much on those figures in recent months. Slack shares tanked in November when key rival Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) said its competing Teams app had garnered 20 million daily active users (DAUs), ahead of the 12 million DAUs that Slack had in September. In the conference call with analysts to discuss fiscal third-quarter results this week, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield went as […]

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Can Cannabis 2.0 Kickstart Marijuana Stocks?
Second-generation marijuana products including edibles and beverages launch in Canada's marijuana market this month, but marijuana stocks still face stiff headwinds from supply headaches and mounting quarterly losses. Is it finally safe to step up and buy leading players like Canopy Growth (NYSE: CGC) and Organigram (NASDAQ: OGI)? In this episode of The Motley Fool's Industry Focus: Healthcare, analyst Shannon Jones is joined by healthcare investor Todd Campbell to discuss the latest marijuana […]

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Microsoft vs. Sony: Who's Right About the Future of VR Gaming?
Three years ago, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox chief Phil Spencer suggested that virtual reality (VR) games could come to the Xbox platform after it moved past its initial stage of "demos and experiments." However, Spencer recently declared that "nobody's asking for VR" in an interview at Stevivor, and that the next-gen Xbox wouldn't be designed with VR games in mind. That dismissive statement was surprising since Microsoft's rival Sony (NYSE: SNE) recently announced that its PlayStation VR […]

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The 3 Biggest Threats to Tencent's Growth
Tencent's (OTC: TCEHY) stock surged nearly 1,000% over the past decade as WeChat became China's top messaging app and its video game business became the largest in the world. Those two pillars -- along with its ever-expanding ecosystem of new products, services, and investments -- made it a solid play on China's growth. However, Tencent's stock dipped about 10% over the past two years as its growth decelerated. A nine-month freeze on new gaming approvals in China last year hurt its video game […]

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Save Yourself the Migraine and Buy This 1 Pharma Stock Now
Biohaven Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: BHVN) expects to announce results from its phase 3 clinical trials before the end of 2019. The company seeks to develop drugs to treat diseases of the brain, a notoriously challenging area for drug developers. However, the risk-reward ratio should be attractive to investors. Image source: Getty Images. Biohaven takes aim at migraines One of Biohaven's key research and development efforts centers on the development of drugs that interact with the calcitonin […]

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Will Chevron Raise Its Dividend in 2020?
2019 hasn't been the best of years for the energy sector, although oil giants like Chevron (NYSE: CVX) have done their best to make the most of available opportunities. Even with crude oil remaining at relatively low levels, Chevron's stock is up slightly for the year, although it's trailing the performance of broader stock indexes. For dividend investors, Chevron's appeal remains strong. The oil giant has consistently made bigger payouts to its shareholders over the years, and even though the […]

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