Are Taxes Fair?

(MONEY Magazine) – 74% of those surveyed feel that the tax burden in the U.S. is unfairly distributed between rich and poor. 60% REPUBLICANS 85% DEMOCRATS

Who's right? Depends: The wealthiest 1% of the country pay a fifth of all taxes, but the rich pay only 3% more of their income to taxes (on average) than everyone else.

SOURCES: MONEY/ICR telephone poll of 1,015 adults, Sept. 13-17 (margin of error: plus or minus 3.1%); Citizens for Tax Justice.

Moneymatics UP? DOWN? WE DO THE MATH.

Picking individual stocks is tough. But if you like investing, you may want more than a regular index fund. Are exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which let you bet on market sectors, a good way to go?

A good chance to make a killing + A better chance of getting killed + A lot of research and monitoring = ONE STOCK, DO OR DIE

Fine-tunes your portfolio + Offers safety in numbers - Takes the sweat out of stock watching = ONE ETF, MANY FLAVORS

BOTTOM LINE ETFs expose you to a little heat without burning you. See page 107.

...Outsourcing update: American investors put more money into foreign stocks last year ($149 billion) than in the previous four years combined...

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.