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Chats: Reuters Charity

Roughly one-quarter of all charitable donations are made during the last five weeks of the year – in 2014 that amounted to $358 billion. But what's the smartest way to be charitable during the holiday season? In conjunction with #GivingTuesday, our team of experts have advice on researching charitable groups as well as tips to maximize the tax-efficiency of your gift. We will discuss ways to involve your family in charitable giving, pitfalls to avoid when making donations and all of the various gift-giving options, such as cash, stock and charitable trusts. We’ll also get an update on efforts to raise money for refugees and migrants around the globe.

Confirmed participants include @Fidelity, @GivingTuesday, @mthatcher of @CharityNav, @SPEAIUB, @Indiegogo’s @Generosity community, @ImpactSP2, @GrameenAmerica, @Givesurance, @PayPal, @BBB_Give, @Givesurance’s @JenRasiah, @Fidelity’s @FidelityChrtbl, @BobOttenhoff of @funds4disaster, @karamfoundation, @TurboTax, @LaurenYoung, @RockPhilanth, @nptrust, @theIRC, @IAimpactassets, @CARE and more.

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Bridgewater warns of peak U.S. profit margins, lower stock prices

The major drivers of high U.S. corporate profit margins are unsustainable and "now under threat", which will eventually result in much lower equity prices, Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, said on Wednesday in a report.