2011 Tax Season Considerations

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You don’t want to pay more in taxes than you have to. That means taking advantage of every deduction and credit that you’re entitled to, and recognizing potential opportunities to save. It also means staying on top of deadlines, and avoiding mistakes that could prove costly down the road. So, here are some things to …

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Retirement Plan and IRA Limits for 2012

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Many retirement plan and IRA limits are indexed for inflation each year. Some of the key numbers for 2012 are discussed below.Elective deferrals If you’re lucky enough to be eligible to participate in a 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), or SAR-SEP plan, you can make elective deferrals of up to $17,000 in 2012, up from $16,500 in …

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Annual Market Review 2011

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The global village became more connected as 2011 was consumed by debt, debate, downgrades, and potential default both here and overseas. U.S. economic data had to struggle for months against headwinds from abroad that preoccupied Wall Street even as Wall Street itself got occupied. Driving markets worldwide were concerns about the impact of the Arab …

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Making Financial Resolutions? Look Back at Last Year

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Each new year brings the chance for a fresh start, and the opportunity to improve your financial picture. As you make financial resolutions for 2012, looking back at what happened last year can help you make some positive changes this year. Automate your retirement savings In 2011: The economic slowdown took its toll on retirement …

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Annual Economic Perspective

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Unemployment: Starting at 9.4% in December 2010, the unemployment rate remained stuck within a point or two of 9% until November, when the biggest monthly decline in more than 13 years cut it to 8.6% (a level last seen in March 2009). Cuts in state, local, and federal government employment partly offset gains in private-sector …

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