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November 8, 2012
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  • 10 things the map of Obama's victory reveals  
    The election is over. All the votes have been counted (well, almost all of them). It is time to take a look at the electoral map and draw some conclusions about how Barack Obama succeeded in securing a second term in the White House. The political leanings of the U.S. remain divided geographically. The Northeast, Great Lakes and West remain strongly Democratic, while the South and the Plains states continue to vote Republican. Meanwhile, the power of the "Big City Blues" -- Democratic voters concentrated in more populous areas -- was one of the biggest factors that helped Obama win the election. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Investors expect Obama win to boost global stocks and bonds
    One outcome of the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama, at least for investors, is relief that there won't be upheaval at the Federal Reserve. Investors say they expect global stocks and bonds to fare well as a result. The Fed is expected to continue its weak-dollar stance, which has led to escalating prices for global equities and precious metals, as well as emerging-market and high-yield bonds. Reuters (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama's win lets some solidify tax strategies
    Questions remain about how U.S. tax law will look Jan. 1, but some financial advisers are recommending that wealthy clients take income and exercise stock options this year, rather than risk higher taxes next year. President Barack Obama's re-election clarifies the direction of tax policy, advisers say, but some will wait before making recommendations. Bloomberg (11/8), The Wall Street Journal (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wall Street closing for storm is inexcusable
    Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, writes that Wall Street's closing because of Hurricane Sandy was another black eye for the markets. This "inattention to the stability, security and continuity of basic infrastructure" is inexcusable, he writes. He argues the technology exists to have avoided this, so therefore the fault lies with management. The Wall Street Journal (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National Life debuts annuity to complement 401(k)
    National Life Group introduced a fixed indexed annuity that gives 401(k) plan participants a complement to traditional investment. The SecurePlus VIP annuity guarantees a fixed minimum interest rate unaffected by market rates or conditions. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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