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Let’s Celebrate Inflation

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in September; the 12-month increase equals 3.9%. The agency cited increases in energy and food prices as the main […]

The Great Misconception?

Perhaps we’re missing something. Economists have called our recent hard times the Great Recession, and many call for a double dip on the horizon. But many of the numbers, particularly the ones released just last week, tell a different story. […]

Muni Tax Break Escapes Debt Supercommittee

Last month, President Obama proposed his America’s Jobs Act of 2011, which included a provision that would reduce the tax break for muni bond investors. In short, individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing […]

Quarter End Roundup & Ideas

September 30th marked the end of the third quarter, a 3-month period rocked by 11th hour lawmaker dissention, the Standard & Poor’s® US rating downgrade, rising fear over the European debt crisis, and volatile markets that were up one week […]

Has CLASS Been Let Out?

Current Administration is “reassigning the workers in the office that was developing the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS Act long term care benefits plan – a program that is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act […]

U.S. Ranks 5th in Global Competitiveness

For the third year in a row, the United States has dropped among global competitive economies – this year from 4th most competitive to 5th.Switzerland is at the top of the rankings, followed by Singapore, Sweden, and Finland. For a […]

Helping to Secure Your Estate in an Insecure Market

The current Administration is looking for ways to reduce the Federal deficit and is currently targeting the Estate Tax and Life Settlements among other insurance-based planning tools.  The deficit reduction package could turn the Federal estate tax clock back to […]

Eurozone Bank Fears Assuaged – For Now

Last Thursday, September 15, 2011 the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its intent – through a joint effort with the Federal Reserve Bank, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Swiss National Bank – to provide US […]

A Quick Reflection on the Summer of 2011

As we near the first day of autumn (on September 23rd), we thought we’d take the opportunity to reflect – both on the events of these past few months as well as a few “fun facts” about our economy in […]

Retirement: A Taxing Endeavor for the Unprepared

Much of the recent debt ceiling controversy has centered around Republicans’ desire not to increase taxes, but a simple glance at our growing debt would lead any sound-minded individual to anticipate the necessity for tax increases in the years to […]