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I am a new Fool. Can anyone explain the pros and cons of holding a stock for 18 months instead of
12 (DDA), including the tax rate changes. Thanks.>>

Check out the FULL discussion regarding the additional holding period in the Fools School, in the Beat the Dow area. But I can give you two pretty good reasons...

1. An 8% tax decrease on the gains
2. It appears, per various studies, that the BTD method actually performs better around a 14-16 month holding period (as opposed to a 12 month holding period).

Better performance AND tax benefits!?!?!?!?!?!

Good enough for me. But please check with the BTD pros in the Fools School.

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