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Sequestration is a front-and-center issue for everyone these days. While many people may not know exactly what the term means, they know to be worried on March 1 if no agreement is in place and $109 billion in annual spending cuts go into effect across all departments of the U.S. government.

Sequestration is the plan to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years.[…] Continue Reading »

Tens of thousands of visitors are starting to descend on Washington, D.C., to attend the swearing-in of President Barack Obama on Monday. Meanwhile, local workers will be trying to make their morning commute while residents attempt to go about their regular business. Everyone will be better off knowing what to expect from road closures and other planned traffic hang-ups.[…] Continue Reading »

One of the hottest political topics of late has been the upcoming increase in taxes for wealthy Americans starting in January 2013. In particular, income for individuals making $200,000 or more will be subject to an additional tax of 0.9%. Married couples filing jointly and making $250,000 or more will be subject to the same increase. Many believe that this increase will cause the wealthy to spend less causing companies to have to let go of staff, which will then cause the economy to be even worse off than it is today.[…] Continue Reading »

Stop the presses. Karl Rove and James Carville agree on something. They agree that demographics and message were huge factors in the 2012 election. But as expected, the two political gurus agree very little on how those demographics are shifting and how those messages need to be tweaked.

In a spirited sparring match at CME Group’s annual Global Financial Leadership Conference, Rove and Carville offered up their insights on the outcome of the 2012 election.[…] Continue Reading »

Demographics played a large part in the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. The minority population has changed over the past several years, greatly changing the dynamics of the country, which has a large effect on national politics. In 2000, 12.5% of the population was Hispanic. That increased to 16.3% in 2010. Similarly, in 2000, 12.3% of the population identified themselves as black.[…] Continue Reading »