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We're taking a look at this year's busy tax season, digging into what investors should know about Uber before the ride-sharing giant goes public and explaining the inverted yield curve. And don't miss an interview with the director of HBO's documentary on Theranos.
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Nearly Half of Americans Who Already Filed 2018 Returns Saw Tax Bills Increase

It's been a rough tax season. Americans have needed to navigate numerous changes from the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the longest government shutdown in history didn't help matters at the Internal Revenue Service.

According to a survey conducted by Quicken, 52% of respondents had filed their tax returns for 2018 as of March 15. Of that group, though, 46% reported that they paid more in federal taxes than they did the previous year. So, if you've already filed, and your tax bill went up this year, know that you're not alone.

Among the groups that may have a different tax picture this year are large families, who can no longer claim an exemption for each person in their household, and people who reside in high-tax states, as they now have their SALT (state and local taxes, which includes property taxes) deduction capped.

Already filed your return? Don't forget to examine your paycheck withholding, especially if you were surprised this tax season, to get ahead for next year.

If you still need to file your tax return, make sure you're aware of the changes that took effect and aim to take advantage of all deductions that apply to you.

This is for educational use only and should not be considered tax advice. For individualized tax advice and planning, please consult your personal accountant.

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Most hardware companies have a hard time making money on devices, but not Apple. We're breaking down how the company turns a profit and makes more money from users once they have an Apple product in their hands.

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What Investors Need to Know Before Uber's IPO

The ride sharing giant made a splash this week with its deal to buy its Middle East rival, Careem, for $3.1 billion. The acquisition is expected to close in 2020, and the aggressive move is an indication of Uber's evolving approach to international markets.

The expanding global portfolio is one of many reasons why Uber is expected to be one of the largest IPOs of 2019. But what else should investors know about the U.S. ride-sharing leader before it debuts on the public markets?

Check out this story where we're taking a closer look at the company's available financials, growth opportunities and competition.

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The Yield Curve Inverted: What Does It Mean?

The yield curve is a term used to describe the various interest rates paid by different maturities of fixed-income investments. It's most frequently referring to Treasury securities. And this week, for the first time since just before the Great Recession, an inverted yield curve occurred.

In a normal yield curve, Treasuries with longer maturity lengths have higher yields. For example, in a normal yield curve, the 2-, 5-, and 10-year Treasuries might yield 2%, 2.5%, and 3%, respectively.

A flat yield curve means that Treasuries of differing maturity lengths have roughly the same yields. Finally, an inverted yield curve means that shorter-maturity Treasuries have higher yields than longer-maturity varieties.

Recently, the three-month and 10-year Treasury yields inverted. For some economists, an inverted yield curve is considered a predictor that a recession is coming soon. We generally see them before a recession occurs, although one doesn't necessarily happen every time there's a yield curve inversion. And there's no way to predict when a recession might begin, either.

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