In Brief: Nov. 15, 1999

GIVING STOCK Thinking about charitable giving this holiday season? Instead of donating that old coat, consider donating stocks. Donations of stock can beat coats or even cash. Charities can sell the shares of donated stocks tax-free, even if the price has doubled over your cost. And donors get breaks too: no capital-gains tax, and a write-off for the market value of the stock.

HELPING-HAND ORG. Sure you know how to trade stocks online, but when you want to give, where do you go? The makes free-food donations to the U.N. World Food Project every time it receives a...

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