The U.S. is particularly well situated compared with almost any other economy in the world right now, says Morningstar's director of economic analysis. These four factors should push 2012 GDP growth ahead of 2011's rate.
Growing corporate cash balances and slowing organic-growth opportunities could lead to increased deal volume this year even if economic uncertainty throttles some activity, says Morningstar's Bridget Freas.
Estate-planning expert Deborah Jacobs details how spouses can take advantage of the 'portability' tax provision, which allows them to maximize both partners' estate tax exclusion, and how this strategy differs from trusts.
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