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December 27, 2012
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  • Advisers express confidence that Congress will pass the AMT patch
    Nobody knows for sure whether or when Congress will pass this year's inflation adjustment for the alternative minimum tax, commonly known as the AMT patch, but most financial advisers assume it will be adopted. Many are already working on calculations for their clients telling them what they will have to pay in taxes, based upon that assumption. The Wall Street Journal (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Real-time trading data coming to SEC
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is testing the software for a system that will give it its first direct access to real-time data on what's going on in the U.S. securities markets. The technology, which will cost the regulator about $2.5 million for the first year, is scheduled to go into full operation early in 2013. The Washington Post (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Skittish investors miss out on equity gains
    Stock gains in recent years still have seen U.S. investors continue to retreat from equities, their confidence battered by the financial crisis. Investors have decreased the proportion of stock holdings in their retirement funds, the first such pullback during a bull market in 20 years. "Our biggest liability in the stock market has been the total destruction to confidence," said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management. Bloomberg (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advisers face challenges in analyzing Roth IRA conversions
    Financial advisers who are asked to recommend whether a client should convert a traditional individual retirement account to a Roth IRA face a complex task in a changing tax environment. The most obvious factor to consider is a 3.8% Medicare surtax on net investment income for some Americans, Scott Michalek writes. Financial Advisor online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bond experts fear Fed's approach could increase volatility
    The Federal Reserve's announcement that it would tie interest rates to unemployment is drawing concern from some market experts who say investors may begin to overreact to sometimes volatile data points. "As the economic data come out now, the market is going [to] extrapolate those short-term fluctuations. It could create opportunities, but there is a possible impact as well," said Robert Tipp of Prudential Fixed Income. "If they come out with hard criteria, that will inject a lot of volatility into the market." Pensions & Investments (free registration) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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