Corporate Bonds in the Marketplace

Course: Investment PlanningLesson 9: Fixed Income Securities Student Question: Hi, Just a question about Corporate Bond Funds.  Gathering my information from the book, it seems they are “debt notes” insured to keep the company going.  If they are not repaid the person who accepted the “bonds” can sometimes take assets in the company, like equipment…

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Donating Short-term Appreciated Securities

Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 15: Property Transactions Student Question: Dear Greene Consulting Team – In the lesson, deducting donations of ‘cash’ versus ‘long term appreciated securities’ are differentiated.  I’m curious about “short term appreciated securities”.  In other words, if I own a stock – bought at $10,000 and it’s worth $50,000 when I donate, but…

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Are Custodial Accounts Included in the Donor’s Gross Estate?

Course: Estate PlanningLesson 13: Case Study Online Student Question: Hello- Marvin’s executor had to include the value of the custodial account in Marvin’s gross estate. Was that because Marvin was the donor or the custodian? Thanks Matt Instructor Response: Hi Matt, Good question; this can be confusing. Property is generally included in a U.S. citizen’s…

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Means Test

Course: Estate PlanningLesson 13: Case Study Online Student Question: Hello- I am a little confused how one set amount – $100 – is the threshold for means testing a bankruptcy petitioner, when the amount of debt a borrower may owe can vary by large amounts. It would seem the amount left over (income minus allowable…

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Supply and Demand

Course: Fundamentals of Financial PlanningLesson 2: Economic Concepts and Consumer Protection Laws Student Question: Hello- I missed the below question because I thought number 2 was false. Wouldn’t price and demand move in a correlated way? The more the demand the higher the price? Which of the following statements concerning supply and/or demand is/are true?…

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Maximum Family Benefit

Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 10: Social Security Student Question: Hello- Does the maximum family benefit apply to a husband and wife that are both fully insured if the combined total between the two exceeds the maximum family limit? If I understand correctly, the maximum family limit only applies if there are beneficiaries within the family receiving…

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Ownership of Property in a Trust

Course: Estate PlanningLesson 3: Understanding Trusts and Trust Documents Student Question: Hello- Perhaps a slightly mundane question, but here we go: It had been my understanding that property in a trust was held and owned by the trust itself, as a separate legal entity. However, several times in this course there has been reference to the trustee having…

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Passing Property Via Will

Course: Investment PlanningLesson 14: Evaluation Portfolio Performance Student Question: Hello- I’m a little confused about the example (below) discussing an heirloom of only sentimental value. Why would this be titled at all for a will, especially since an earlier lecture said items of no value would pass through will as the situation does not involve…

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Boot: Recognized Gain in Like-Kind Exchange

Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 16: Property Transactions Without Gain or Loss Recognition Student Question: Hello- Melvin gave $40,000 in cash plus real property with an adjusted basis of $30,000 (fair market value of $100,000) and received real property with a fair market value (FMV) of $150,000. In this transaction, Melvin would have no recognized gain,…

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Percentage of Completion Method

Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 10: Recognition of Expenses, Losses, and Deductions Student Question: Hello- Question 5 (below) did not make sense to me. I started out by breaking down by year —  400,000/2,100,000*3,000,000 and so forth, but did not arrive at the correct answer.  So then I tried adding up 3 year —  400+650+700/2100000*3,000,000.  That…

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