Tiffany Lam-Balfour is a former investing writer and spokesperson at NerdWallet. Previously, she was a senior financial advisor and sales manager at Merrill Lynch. Her work has been featured in MSN, MarketWatch, Entrepreneur, Nasdaq and Yahoo Finance. Tiffany earned a finance and management degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Guide to Treasury Bonds
U.S. Treasury bonds are low-risk, fixed-income securities known for the safety and liquidity they bring to portfolios.
Holiday Supply Chain Woes? Consider Gifting to 529s Instead
This educational contribution is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Rule 144: Sale of Restricted or Control Securities
If you want to sell restricted or control securities, you’ll need to be mindful of Rule 144 requirements.
Exchange Funds: One Way to Reduce Concentrated Stock Risk
An exchange fund is an option to lower the risk of a concentrated stock, but there are caveats to keep in mind.
Revocable Living Trust: What It Is and When You Need One
Understand revocable living trusts and their role as an important estate planning tool.
Equity Compensation: Quick-Start Guide to Plans and Benefits
Understanding the details surrounding your equity compensation can help you make the most of your benefits.
Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities: What are TIPS?
Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, can help you keep up with inflation. They can be purchased through an online broker or the government.
Nonqualified Stock Options and the Tax Impact of NSOs
Nonqualified stock options face less favorable tax treatment than incentive stock options — here's how they differ.
83(b) Election: Why and When to File
You could save on taxes through an 83(b) election, by paying tax on company shares upon granting instead of vesting.
When to Exercise Stock Options
Employee stock options can be lucrative, but knowing when to exercise your options isn't always straightforward.
Incentive Stock Options or ISOs: Everything to Consider
Knowing the ins and outs of your incentive stock options, or ISOs, can help you take full advantage of this employee benefit.
Deferred Compensation: Plans and Programs to Know
A nonqualified deferred compensation plan can reduce your taxable income, but there are risks to consider.
Restricted Stock Units: What You Need to Know About RSUs
Are restricted stock units part of your compensation? Here are key details to consider when handling your RSUs.
UTMA & UGMA: Understanding Uniform Transfers & Gifts to Minors
A UTMA or UGMA custodial account is a flexible investment account that helps minors save and invest.