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  1. 2015 Taxes: What's on Deck for Your Investments


    Sun, 11 Jan 2015

    Congress wound down its session. A host of the Bush-era tax cuts were on the chopping block as part of the so-called " fiscal cliff ," including the reduction in the tax on dividends and the high estate-tax exclusion. In the end, Congress made

  2. Forwarders Finally See Airfreight Gain Altitude


    Fri, 21 Nov 2014

    and an ambiguous economic outlook in the United States, including the impact of political uncertainty related to the fiscal cliff and concerns about unemployment. Together, these factors tempered international trade flows (especially eurozone

  3. Confronting the Tax Drag


    Tue, 12 Aug 2014

    reality of higher taxes: Under the fiscal cliff deal struck on January 1, 2013, federal tax ..... exemptions and deductions under the fiscal cliff deal or state and local taxes, which ..... ordinary income. Likewise, under the fiscal cliff deal, qualified dividend income

  4. Is Timing Everything? Practical Implementation of Tail Risk Hedging


    Tue, 22 Jul 2014

    markets were moderately concerned but not expecting a deadlock as the U.S. Congress approached the edge of a “ fiscal cliff ” at the end of 2012. When it became apparent that there might in fact be a standoff, the VIX rose sharply higher

  5. Municipal Bonds May Be More Attractive Given Today’s Tax Code


    Fri, 11 Jul 2014

    those tax cuts for an additional two years. The sunset of the two-year extension fell in the middle of the U.S. fiscal cliff negotiations at the end of 2012. As a result of the negotiations, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was passed

  6. Master Limited Partnerships


    Thu, 10 Apr 2014

    difficult to come to terms on key pieces of legislation in recent years (i.e. government shutdown in October 2013, fiscal cliff in December 2012, tax ceiling issue in summer 2011, just to name a few). Tax reform could prove to be a very lengthy

  7. The Midterm Elections


    Mon, 31 Mar 2014

    compromise only in the face of a “forcing event,” that is, an event for which inaction is intolerable. The “ fiscal cliff ” was a forcing event, as no one wanted to throw the country back into recession. Raising the country’s borrowing ceiling also is a forcing event

  8. Global Economic Growth Shows Improvement


    Mon, 27 Jan 2014

    political process, from the “ fiscal cliff ” a year ago to the government shutdown ..... substantially. There is no “ fiscal cliff ” of major tax changes looming ..... highest level since April 2012 (when fiscal cliff fears crimped business planning

  9. Sharpen Your Portfolio Plan for 2014 and Beyond

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    Tue, 21 Jan 2014

    something. A year ago--we came into [2013]. We'd just gotten through a big controversy in Washington. We had the fiscal cliff and all the rest. Well, that's kind of gone away. I don't have to worry so much, perhaps, about the headwinds

  10. 2014: Confidence Begins to Return, Lifting the Economy and Equities


    Mon, 13 Jan 2014

    Abundant liquidity did not prompt inflation or widespread risky bubbles. We began the year with overhang from the fiscal cliff , moved into sequestration, the government shutdown and finally arrived at a two-year federal budget deal to outline

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