How are taxes calculated when Bitcoin is exchanged for physical gold and a profit is generated?

The IRS considers Bitcoin, and all virtual currency, to be property and will tax the gains in the property whenever you sell or exchange your Bitcoin for another asset (including gold or even other virtual currency). So you will have to pay taxes on the amount the Bitcoin has increased in value since you bought it. Below are additional key tax issues related to virtual currency . . . .

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Why do stock prices rise over time?

Your analysis is actually correct, in that cash flow and growth rates are constantly changing, and generally they are changing for the better. As a result, future cash flow increases at a faster rate than previously expected and the stock price is adjusted up due to these increasing cash flows. Because no one can predict the future, as new facts become apparent they changes the expectations of future cash flows. This, of course, assumes . . . .

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What are the tax implications of selling a rental property and using the profits to purchase another rental property?

Depending on your situation and your desire, there are two broad options each with their own tax implications. The option which allows you to defer taxes on the sale is a 1031 exchange and will require you not to have access to . . . .

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Is it too early to start a portfolio for my one-year-old child?

It is definitely not too early and I commend you for taking advantage of the incredible returns you can get by starting an account at one year old. I am assuming your child will not need the money for at least 18 years so a stock-heavy portfolio would be appropriate. I would even be comfortable with a 100% stock portfolio assuming . . . .

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As someone who has only invested in long-term retirement funds, what short-term, non-retirement funds should I consider investing in?

Based on the goal of using the funds to pay off the mortgage at an unknown and flexible future date, you will want to invest the funds in a traditional taxable account. You can set one up at a discount brokerage company, with a financial adviser, . . . .

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How do I find the right financial advisor for me?

Finding the right adviser is difficult but not impossible. You will want to research advisers and then set up appointments with at least three or four of them. An adviser should be a fiduciary, should not be a commissioned. . . .

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Should we invest in stocks or pay off student loans with money gifted to us from our wedding?

I encourage the two of you not to consider this as an either/or situation, but instead use the money to provide for multiple goals. Focus on multiple goals to help you achieve both financial stability and a happier life . . . .

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