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  • Capital Gains Taxes Set To Rise, Crimping Investment, Savings

    03/24/2010 11:55:54 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 7 replies · 893+ views
    Bull markets always have to climb a wall of worry. This one also will have to climb a stairway of tax hikes. Democrats' health care overhaul (including the still-pending reconciliation bill) nearing the finish line would apply a 3.8% Medicare tax on investment gains earned by upper-income households starting in 2013. Along with a partial expiration of 2003 tax cuts at year-end, rates on long-term capital gains and dividends are due to jump in two steps from 15% to 23.8%. The big shift in tax policy is one that could raise the barrier to saving and investment in a savings-short...
  • Vanity: Investment ideas in a Socialist country (USA)

    03/24/2010 5:29:57 AM PDT · by CharlotteVRWC · 69 replies · 972+ views
    3-23-10 | vanity
    I am at a loss... are there ways to 'come out ahead financially' in a Socialist country?
  • Health-Care Bill Would Increase Taxes On Wages, Investments

    03/19/2010 9:42:11 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 54 replies · 2,966+ views
    CNBC ^ | March 19, 2010 | AP
    High-income families would be hit with a tax increase on wages and a new levy on investments under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul bill. For the first time, the Medicare payroll tax would be applied to investment income, beginning in 2013. A new 3.8 percent tax would be imposed on interest, dividends, capital gains and other investment income for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000. The bill also would increase the Medicare payroll tax by 0.9 percentage point to 2.35 percent on wages above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples...
  • 43% have less than $10k for retirement

    03/09/2010 6:22:47 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 90 replies · 422+ views
    CNN Money ^ | March 9, 2010 | Chavon Sutton
    NEW YORK ( -- The percentage of American workers with virtually no retirement savings grew for the third straight year, according to a survey released Tuesday. The percentage of workers who said they have less than $10,000 in savings grew to 43% in 2010, from 39% in 2009, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute's annual Retirement Confidence Survey. That excludes the value of primary homes and defined-benefit pension plans. Workers who said they had less than $1,000 jumped to 27%, from 20% in 2009. Confidence in ability to save enough for a comfortable retirement hovered at 16% of respondents,...
  • Obama's New Investment Tax A sneaky Medicare levy on dividends and capital gains.

    02/24/2010 10:56:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies · 919+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 24, 2010 | Staff
    The White House's new health-care proposal promises the "largest middle class tax cut for health care in history," which is a creative way of describing a vast taxpayer-subsidized insurance entitlement. Naturally, the fine print goes on to describe one of the largest tax increases for health care in history, too. This new ObamaCare bargain would for the first time apply the 2.9% Medicare payroll tax to "interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rents," so-called passive income that we are told includes capital gains, though the latter wasn't explicitly mentioned in the proposal. This antigrowth investment tax would apply to singles earning...
  • Banks Continue To Pull The Rug Out From Under The Economy

    02/22/2010 2:20:40 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 818+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-22-1010 | Joe Weisenthal and Kamelia Angelova
    CHART OF THE DAY: Banks Continue To Pull The Rug Out From Under The Economy Joe Weisenthal and Kamelia Angelova Feb. 22, 2010, 3:21 PM Can the economy revive if banks don't start to lend again? Let's hope so. Today the St. Louis Fed released its latest monthly look at commercial and industrial loans at major banks -- a measure that some would say represents the essence of the US banking system. As you can see, this measure is still falling like a knife -- a bad sign for the ongoing health of the economy. (And also not what we...
  • Geithner says AIG investments may gain value (as the economy improves)

    01/26/2010 8:41:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/10 | Glenn Somerville
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner held out hope to Congress that a hefty investment to bail out insurer AIG (AIG.N) and avert its catastrophic failure will gain value as the economy improves. In prepared remarks for delivery on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Geithner defended the controversial 2008 rescue and said it was done solely to protect U.S. taxpayers' interests. ... The committee will question both Geithner and his predecessor as Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson, about the AIG bailout that has stirred widespread anger and raised questions about Geithner's role in...
  • 401k/IRA Screw Job Coming?

    01/08/2010 11:07:28 AM PST · by Zeddicus · 191 replies · 7,209+ views
    Market Ticker ^ | 01/08/2009 | Karl Denninger
    Now this is a guaranteed rape job. In a short conversation this noontime that CNBC apparently has omitted from their archives (Why's that folks?) Rick Santelli was talking about a potential to effectively force money into the Treasury market. Where would they get this? From your 401k and IRA accounts! From Businessweek: The U.S. Treasury and Labor Departments will ask for public comment as soon as next week on ways to promote the conversion of 401(k) savings and Individual Retirement Accounts into annuities or other steady payment streams, according to Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis C. Borzi and Deputy Assistant Treasury...
  • String of investment bubbles marked 2000-09

    12/29/2009 5:17:03 PM PST · by danielmryan · 5 replies · 273+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A string of exploding investment bubbles that started with the dot-coms and ended with mortgages and oil dominated the years from 2000 to 2009. And it looks like the next decade will be no different. It doesn't seem to matter to many hedge fund traders and other professional investors that the Standard & Poor's 500 index has turned in its first losing performance over the course of a decade, having fallen 23 percent from 1,469.25 at the start of 2000 to its current 1,126.20. Or that they or other investors helped create and then destroy the...
  • Where Should I Put My 401k Money?

    08/06/2009 9:32:49 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 48 replies · 1,745+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 08.06/2009 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I have a 401k in a Vanguard stock fund that I would really like to get out of. I rode it up over 12,000, rode it down all year and now I'd like to cut my losses before it takes another dump. What other Vanguard funds are safer, or even a money market? I can't just cash it in or the government would slaughter me at tax time. What's a safe haven to ride the coming depression out?
  • IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on New Basis Reporting Requirement

    12/23/2009 12:13:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 491+ views
    IRS Newsroom ^ | 12/16/2009 | IRS
    The Internal Revenue Service today issued proposed regulations under a new law that will require reporting of basis and other information by stock brokers and mutual fund companies for most stock purchased in 2011 and all stock purchased in 2012 and later years. The reporting will be to investors and the IRS. This additional reporting will be optional for stock purchased prior to these dates. “This important reporting change will improve tax compliance while reducing the recordkeeping and paperwork burden for millions of investors,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “These taxpayers will now receive the information they need to more...
  • Mistakes survivalists make

    09/06/2009 3:26:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies · 3,643+ views
    Surviving in Argentina ^ | October 28, 2008 | FerFAL
    QUESTION: What mistakes do you think most people make preparing for what you and your countrymen have gone through? I wouldn’t call them “mistakes”, I don’t hold the SHTF Bible so all I can give is my humble advice which may be correct or not, so all I can tell you is “ I wouldn’t do that if I were you”, and depending on how sure I am , add a smartass grin smiley. There’s simply some preparations that make little sense if you think about it, others that I’ve seen that just wouldn’t work, in spite of all the...
  • Investment Profit Vehicles For The Intensifying Financial And Economic Storm ("A Great Collapse")

    12/04/2009 2:44:16 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 1,093+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 12-4-2009 | DeepCaste _LLC
    Investment Profit Vehicles For The Intensifying Financial And Economic Storm Stock-Markets / Investing 2010 Dec 04, 2009 - 01:11 PM By: DeepCaster LLC “A Great Collapse. The U.S. economic and systemic solvency crises of the last two years are just precursors to a Great Collapse: a hyperinflationary great depression. Such will reflect a complete collapse in the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar, a collapse in the normal stream of U.S. commercial and economic activity, a collapse in the U.S. financial system as we know it, and a likely realignment of the U.S. political environment. The current U.S. financial markets,...
  • Société Générale Tells Clients How To Prepare For 'Global Collapse'

    11/18/2009 1:16:31 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 1,194+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-18-2009 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Société Générale Tells Clients How To Prepare For 'Global Collapse'Société Générale has advised clients to be ready for a possible "global economic collapse" over the next two years, mapping a strategy of defensive investments to avoid wealth destruction. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Published: 6:12PM GMT 18 Nov 2009 In a report entitled "Worst-case debt scenario", the bank's asset team said state rescue packages over the last year have merely transferred private liabilities onto sagging sovereign shoulders, creating a fresh set of problems. Overall debt is still far too high in almost all rich economies as a share of GDP (350pc in...
  • Freedom Group: Right-wing gun nuts get ready

    10/22/2009 1:14:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 2,839+ views
    Todays Financial News ^ | October 22, 2009 | Andrew Snyder
    After a big flop with Chrysler, Cerberus finally has a winner on its hands. Even better, right-wing gun nuts have another shot at profits. I can’t wait. Baltimore – I live in a neighborhood where guns are common. I like it that way. Last night, the lady of the house and I decided to enjoy what may be one of the last warm evenings of the year on the East Coast by taking a short hike along the river that flows just two miles from our front door. While meandering along the water and dodging groundhog holes, we heard the...
  • Betting on US Life Expectancy Proves Risky

    09/02/2009 6:03:59 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 01 September 200 | Christoph Pauly and Anne Seith
    Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions manage complex funds that buy up Americans' life insurance policies and pay their premiums in return for their payouts. But angry German investors are finding that Americans aren't dying as quickly as expected -- and that only the bankers are making a buck. snip -
  • 1,000 Banks to Fail In Next Two Years: Bank CEO

    08/27/2009 3:25:44 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 67 replies · 6,014+ views
    CNBC ^ | August 27, 2009 | Natalie Erlich
    The US banking system will lose some 1,000 institutions over the next two years, said John Kanas, whose private equity firm bought BankUnited of Florida in May. “We’ve already lost 81 this year,” he told CNBC. “The numbers are climbing every day. Many of these institutions nobody’s ever heard of. They're smaller companies.” Failed banks tend to be smaller and private, which exacerbates the problem for small business borrowers, said Kanas, who became CEO of BankUnited when his firm bought the bank and is the former chairman and CEO of North Fork bank. “Government money has propped up the very...
  • Iran Plans Major Gas Investments

    07/04/2009 5:09:01 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies · 353+ views
    The Khaleej Times Online ^ | 04 Jul 2009 | Khaleej Times Online
    Iran has unveiled plans to invest around $75 billion in its two major gas fields by 2015 to exploit their huge undeveloped reserves. Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Seyfollah Jashnsaz said that the country would finance a $40 billion investment in the South Pars gas field in a five-year plan to produce some 28 billion cubic meters of gas annually from the field. Iran and Qatar share the largest gas field in the world in the Persian Gulf, where the Iranian part is divided into 24 phases. Jashnsaz also noted that a $25-billion investment is planned...
  • House Speaker Proposes “Windfall” Tax on IRAs and 401ks

    03/14/2009 1:28:18 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 58 replies · 2,583+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 14 March 2009 | John Semmens
    Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) is proposing a “windfall” tax be levied on “so-called retirement accounts.” “Who has the wherewithal to put money into these types of accounts?” Pelosi rhetorically asked. “I’ll tell you who—the rich. With unemployment soaring and businesses facing bankruptcy, people who can afford to put money into an IRA or 401k obviously have more than they need. Such selfishness must not be permitted to stand in the way of the President’s goal of equalizing incomes.” Pelosi characterized IRAs and 401ks as “tax dodges” rather than retirement plans. “Social Security is the nation’s...
  • Jim Cramer to recommend an "Obama Proof" stock portfolio over the next few weeks.

    02/27/2009 3:29:26 PM PST · by fightin bronco · 18 replies · 1,078+ views
    I think it is great that one of CNBCs most popular commentators is creating a segment on how to "Obama Proof" your portfolio. First pick, get out of the US and buy BHP due to growth in China