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The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The new-year began with some political drama, as last-minute negotiations attempted to avert sending the nation over the "fiscal cliff." Technically, we actually did go over the cliff, however briefly, as a host of tax provisions and automatic spending cuts took effect at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2012. However, January 1, 2013, saw legislation--retroactively effective--pass the U.S. Senate, and then later the House of Representatives.

It's Different This Time

It’s been just over 3 years since the March, 2009 market bottom of 666 on the S&P 500 index, following the financial crisis of ’08-’09 and the ensuing ‘Great Recession’. In that time, the market has rebounded over 100%, despite a lackluster recovery in jobs, exploding budget deficits and multiple political and financial flare-ups around the globe. And as we enter the summer season amid the latest crises du jour, and the inevitable doomsday commentary that accompanies them, it feels, as the great Yogi Berra so eloquently put it, like déjà vu all over again.

Naming Beneficiaries of Insurance Policies and Retirement Plans

Whether you’re wealthy or earn a modest income, there is one estate planning concern that is shared by people from all walks of life—the decision of who gets what when you’re gone. While some individuals logically assume that a will is the only official forum to express such decisions, that’s not always the case. Often, an equally important issue in estate planning is who to name as beneficiary on life insurance policies, employer-sponsored retirement plan accounts and IRAs.

Weekly Economic Commentary

Consumer Credit Conundrum

Weekly Economic Commentary

Vacation Week Fireworks?