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Portability of Basic Exclusion Amount between Spouses

Transfers of property during life or at death are generally subject to federal gift or estate taxes. Each taxpayer has an applicable exclusion amount, which is the amount of property that can be sheltered from federal gift and estate taxes by the unified credit. Prior to 2011, each spouse was entitled to his or her …

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Could You Handle a Financial Windfall?

Receiving a financial windfall is often a life-changing event. It’s a relatively common one, too. You might never win the lottery, but the odds are that at some point you’ll receive a significant amount of money, perhaps from an inheritance, bonus, insurance settlement, or the sale of a home or business. If so, would you …

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Summer 2011 Newsletter

Download PDF A Review of the Markets After strong first-quarter gains in the stock markets, it was mostly downhill from there. Following April’s year-to-date highs, when the Russell 2000 hit its highest level on record, week after week of declines battered all four U.S. indices. However, a rally in June’s final week left the Dow …

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July 2011 Monthly Recap

Debt Ceiling: Down To The Wire Down to the wire: Uncertainty about default, debt, and political infighting affected equities markets both here and abroad. Despite a strong initial week that gave the S&P 500 its biggest percentage gain since mid-2009, all four domestic indices ended the month down. The small caps of the Russell 2000 …

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July – Eye on the Month Ahead (Aug)

Eye on the Month Ahead Much will depend on what happens in the hours leading up to August 2. If default is off the table, investors will still keep an eye on bond rating agencies to see if there is any follow through on threats of a rating downgrade. Treasury auctions, especially those scheduled early …

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