Legislators Hit Impasse in talks

Washington legislators are in a standoff over Fiscal Cliff negotiations. Both parties are haggling over tax cut policies slated to end in January, which if left untended pundits say could set the U.S. economy into a tailspin and recession. Contention among Republicans and Democrats is dispelling initial post-election optimism over a compromise, pitting U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner head-to-head with Republican House Speaker John Boehner

According to Bloomberg, the Obama plan proposes higher taxes on the top 2 percent of earners, along with government spending cuts. A trade of $600 billion in cuts for $1.6 trillion in tax increases would primarily target families with more than $250,000 in annual income. The plan also includes $800 billion in assumed savings from the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Markets in for an Upswing

No, this isn’t any soothsaying prediction or hocus pocus, but rather attributed to current market stats and economic factors: Current technical indicators are in an “oversold” territory and pretty soon they’ll correct themselves. According to Kevin Flynn in MarketWeek, the “Dow is oversold at 25.9, with the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 in the same neighborhood. The Nasdaq is in correction territory having sold off just over 10% from its September high, and other indices are close behind."

Lawmakers will likely compromise on the Fiscal Cliff. President Obama and House Republicans will likely retain tax cuts for low to middle-income wage earners while increasing taxes on the wealthiest households (perhaps those earning over $1 million per year)...

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