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Bankruptcy Review

January 1, 2000
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The trend toward more large bankruptcy filings, which we have noted in previous issues, continued in the latter part of 1999. Through December 15, 138 public companies filed for Chapter 11, the highest number since 1986.
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Act Now on Tax Losses

Beat Year-End Bounce Rush


With all the stock market volatility this year, many investors probably find themselves holding some stocks in which they have sizable losses. By selling those losers and realizing losses, you can use those losses to offset taxable gains that you may have realized during the year.

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Most individual investors consider this investing strategy in December, which means that this tax-loss selling could push the price of some of these stocks even lower--meaning you probably do not want to be selling your losers then. In fact, savvy contrarians should consider buying some of these beaten down stocks to take advantage of that tax-generated downward pressure that goes away on January first.