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Roth IRA Conversion

One of the most exciting developments in terms of retirement savings for high incomer earners in last year’s Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (TIPRA, signed by President Bush on May 17, 2006) was elimination of the Roth conversion eligibility limit after 2009. In addition, in 2010 only, the extra tax incurred for …

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Zecco Part 2

I’ve got some good feed back on my review (Part 1, Part 2) of Zecco.com the online broker with free trades. I was pretty even handed: Zecco does offer free trades as promised and their order execution was reasonable; however, I experienced some problems with withholdings and wasn’t happy with how the reporting was handled. …

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Oil Tanker

My quest for more dividend paying stocks led me to another category that my partner Frugal wrote about a while ago: oil tanker shipping companies. The short list he gave was: Nordic American (NAT), Frontline (FRO), General Maritime (GMR), and Knightsbridge (VLCCF). Of the group, I like the current chart of NAT (yielding 15.9%) the …

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Zecco Trading

Gathering from your questions after the first part of this review, there is a lot of interest in Zecco.com and their promise of zero commission trades. In the concluding portion of this review, I’ll describe my impressions about their order execution, answer some reader questions, as well as relay some difficulties I’ve been having. Order …

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