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James Royal: 5 unusual year-end tax strategies for investors

Taxpayers have any number of deductions and credits that they can take to reduce their tax burden, but those looking to get a break for their investing activities have a more limited menu of choices. If you're an investor, you'll want to optimize your tax situation with strategies beyond the traditional ones – earned income credits, interest write-offs and the like. And the deadlines for making these moves are key to remember if you want to lock in your tax break for this year.

U.S. bankruptcy court approves sales of J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney is on course to emerge from bankruptcy by Thanksgiving, after a U.S. bankruptcy court approved the sale of the ailing 118-year-old retailer to its two largest landlords and its primary lenders.

Why you shouldn’t think of a home as an investment

We fawn over real estate because it's visible. We can see it and brag about it and host in it and inherit it and, most importantly, gooseneck at others' homes, with the supposed values conveniently posted on the Internet. This is not the same as stashing money smartly.

IMF warns global economy could be permanently scarred

The global economy's recovery from the pandemic recession is tentative and uneven and “marked by significant uncertainty” as confirmed coronavirus cases spread in many countries, international finance ministers warned Thursday.

The latest hard-to-find item: a desk

First it was toilet paper. Disinfectant wipes. Beans. Coins. Computers. Now, desks are in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic.