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Fiscal (Slope) Cliff Forecast

While everyone in Washington waits for Tuesday's election results, this story in The Hill caught our eye: "Fiscal cliff already weighing on economy." According to the story: While the expiring tax cuts and automatic spending cuts that make up the cliff do not take effect until the beginning of 2013, Pawlenty said he is hearing from financial firms that businesses are already halting business activity because they are not sure what will happen. For example, 61 percent of JPMorgan's U.S. clients are altering their hiring plans because of the cliff, and 42 percent of fund managers for Bank of America ...

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By |2014-06-04T20:01:14+00:00November 5th, 2012|The Washington Wire|0 Comments

What’s Next?

The Super Committee announced today that it will not produce any recommendations for Congress to act on next month. The markets are reacting badly, which surprises us. They should have seen this coming. Maybe they were hoping for some sort of signal that Congress can function and is prepared to deal with our ongoing fiscal crisis, but every signal we received for the past two months suggested the Committee was going to fall short. Now that they have missed the mark, the question becomes, "What's next?" For the remainder of 2011, Congress needs to act on the tax provisions set ...

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By |2014-06-06T19:02:35+00:00November 21st, 2011|The Washington Wire|0 Comments