A year-end to-do list with a particular focus on taxes.
All the presidential candidates want to tinker with your taxes. What does it mean for stocks?
The Treasury’s latest corporate inversion rules may do more harm than good.
The US government passed and signed spending and tax legislation Friday and it was surprisingly good.
Mutual funds have benefits, but investors should consider the drawbacks as well.
Some highlights from Wednesday’s financial headlines.
We take a look at one presidential hopeful’s plan to address “quarterly capitalism.”
President Obama's decision to scrap plans to tax 529 savings plan distributions probably won't have a direct market impact, but it illustrates why stocks like gridlock.
On an oft-overlooked but critical point regarding mutual funds.
The UK’s latest tax and spending plans are about as “austere” as the last five years—and likely have little net economic impact.
Korea’s plans to goose business spending by taxing the cash on corporate balance sheets probably won’t work out so well.
What does the Obama administration’s recent push to ban certain M&A deals mean for investors?
The latest delay of the employer mandate stole headlines from something more impactful for investors: the new tax on investment income.
While Japanese policymakers and headlines debate a forthcoming sales tax increase, Abenomics’ Third Arrow has seemingly gone by the wayside.
What should investors make of the news Japan’s gross public debt passed one quadrillion yen in Q2?
Zimbabwe seems to think its proposed mineral resources rent tax will boost public revenues—but Australia’s experience suggests otherwise.
The latest on some rather misguided tax proposals in the US and EU.
After French and Italian debt chiefs recently found themselves unwittingly in the Tobin Tax’s crosshairs, it’s likely other eurozone officials might be considering a mulligan on the measure too.
While many presume the payroll tax hike will weigh on household spending, January’s strong retail sales suggest consumers are rather resilient.
Charitably-minded folks may want to plan ahead this year: Charitable donations made in 2013 (and thereafter) may no longer be deductible.
The latest on the EU’s financial transaction and carbon tax follies.
Thanks to France’s Constitutional Council, incomes over €1 million won’t be taxed at 75% in 2013, but President François Hollande may try again for 2014.
While the US’s budget debate is much more real than the (now passed) Mayan doomsday, it’s also highly overstated.
The US election results seemingly have given rise to heated rhetoric over the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Let’s analyze the likely economic and market impact.
Much US rhetoric is focused squarely on the fiscal cliff—which we’d suggest is actually much more the fiscal norm.
France’s seemingly conflicting moves recently highlight the balancing act President François Hollande’s been performing—balancing budget-clearing austerity with economic competiveness-boosting reform.
Australian politicians learned first-hand the lesson of “tax something and you’ll get less of it,” after the country’s much-debated Minerals Resource Rent Tax raised exactly zero revenue in its first three months.
Despite notable progress in free trade in recent years, protectionism isn’t dead. Investors would be well served to stay apprised of developments.
Eleven eurozone nations agreed to pursue a financial transactions tax—a misguided endeavor, in our view.
France released its 2013 budget, including a new 75% tax on those making over €1 million a year and various other moves that seem, to us, solutions in search of problems.
No doubt to politicians’ confusion, it seems manufacturers primarily want one thing: increased freedom from overly complex corporate taxes.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda won a costly victory Friday, but it’s one that might yet turn to political defeat.
A roundup of Tuesday’s more head-scratching developments.
Various trade tiffs featured in headlines recently. Here’s a brief roundup of the main storylines.
Government policy towards solar energy firms seems to be guiding them straight into the dark.
What does the EU parliament’s passage of a financial transaction tax really mean?
A look at some historical facts in honor of 2012’s tax day.
Handicapping the likely primary future source(s) of global energy—in light of solar panel manufacturers’ recent acquisition of a new handicap … er, tariff.
In an intriguing confluence of events, the UK and France may separately enact legislation that overall does more harm than good—another hard-learned lesson of regulation’s common unintended consequences.
The administration announced Wednesday its corporate tax plan, generating predictable noise from both sides of the aisle—but what do markets most likely distill from the din?
Recent news and plans on taxes show politicians globally seem to misunderstand some pretty basic concepts.
European leaders, attempting to win Britain’s backing, are discussing revising their planned financial transaction tax.
Tobin Tax rhetoric heated up between Germany and Britain Wednesday—a debate that’s a bit of a head-scratcher, in our view.
Euro politics dominated headlines again Tuesday, but eurozone musical chairs wasn’t the only story. Here’s a look at what news caught our eye.
European officials announced a proposal Wednesday that would implement an EU-wide financial transaction tax. While ill-advised in our view, if implemented, it’s an incremental negative markets likely overcome.
Debt ceiling dramatics came to a conclusion Tuesday, leaving many frustrated in its wake. Here’s a look around the news at what’s poking that frustration—and largely unnoticed remedies.
There are many differences between the economies of China and the United States. But a cursory review of consumer behavior shows some striking similarities.
While Q1 GDP was unchanged, dueling headlines said corporate profits both rose and fell.
Politicians are duking it out in a timely battle over taxes, debts, and deficits. But what will be the market impact when a winner emerges?
|The tax rate extension compromise is now law. And predictably, there's both undeserved criticism and unwarranted lauding of the deal.|
|There's much talk about raising taxes, but whether or not taxes go higher likely has little effect on the bull market.|
|The House of Representatives passed the Senate health care bill Sunday night—what does this mean for stock markets?|
|Besides death and taxes, the only other certainty is the government can be counted on to cook up goofy remedies to problems of its own making.|
|The UK's 50% banker bonus tax is causing a stir among the industry's biggest firms. |
|MLPs are being touted as the answer to investor woes--but without proper due diligence, they can represent significant risks to long-term investors. |
|Concerns about higher taxes abound, but stock investors likely needn't fear the effects. |
|The government's looking overseas for extra tax revenue. |
|Tax Day 2009 is nigh and change is in the air—some of which may not seem great for investors, but taxes aren't the sole driver of market movement. |
Is California's once-golden economy now tarnished by years of anti-competitive regulation and taxes?
|With the 2008 presidential election in full swing, taxes are a hot topic. What impact might tax policy changes have on markets?|
|No one profits much from high corporate tax rates. |
|April 15 is a day most Americans loathe—tax day. |
|Today's announced "stimulus” package from the beltway is little more than empty calories for the economy. |
|Big proposed tax changes and political turmoil in Britain may turn out to be a tempest in a teapot. A simpler tax system may be in the cards for Britain, but British politicians have a long time to foul up positive proposals.|
|There are two countries about to enact new laws.|
Ah . . . Spring. That magical time when crocuses poke their timid heads out to greet longer days, tender shoots of green remake the world anew, everything smells fresh and clean, and you discover you owe the U.S. government another 8 grand because you got nailed by the @#$%-ing AMT.
|Ben Franklin said: "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.|
|The Japanese government is going to have a fat wallet.||
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