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Giving through the ages

Dec 14, 2012
Marketplace Wealth and Poverty reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji takes a look at how the charitable tax deduction has changed over time and why some think lowering it could benefit the middle class.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Charity, tax deduction, Taxes

What it will take to get a 6.5% unemployment rate

Dec 14, 2012
The Federal Reserve says it will keep interest rates near zero until the unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent. But what will it take to get there?
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Federal Reserve, Unemployment, fiscal cliff

Why the national budget is different than a household's

Dec 14, 2012
Throughout the debate about the deficits and debt, you've probably heard a certain metaphor: One that compares the nation to a household. Well, that metaphor bothers one of the nation's leading economists, Robert Shiller of Yale University.
Posted In: Housing, fiscal cliff, federal budget

Alternate inflation index could save billions

Dec 13, 2012
To avoid the fiscal cliff, some want to change the Consumer Price Index to reflect lower real inflation. That would cut Social Security payments.
Posted In: CPI, inflation, fiscal cliff

Bernanke says 'fiscal cliff' is a good name for a scary thing

Dec 12, 2012
Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said he's going to keep interest rates at or near zero as long as the unemployment rate is higher than 6.5 percent, and the inflation rate is 1.5 percent or less.
Posted In: Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve, fiscal cliff

The past, present and future of the estate tax

Dec 12, 2012
Some wealthy individuals say a higher estate tax is fair, but others are fighting against proposed changes.
Posted In: tax, estate tax, wealth gap, fiscal cliff

Corporate tax reform could help avoid fiscal cliff

Dec 12, 2012
President Obama and House speaker John Boehner are still tussling over the details of any fiscal cliff deal. But the Wall Street Journal reports that, now corporate tax rates have entered the discussion.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, corporate tax, Washington D.C.

Fed expected to continue 'QE3'

Dec 11, 2012
Fed boards hopes to nurture housing recovery with purchase of mortgage-backed securities.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, QE3, quantitative easing, fiscal cliff

Why do we have a charitable tax deduction, anyway?

Dec 10, 2012
The history of the tax deduction for charitable giving and why charities are worried it could change.
Posted In: Taxes, fiscal cliff, charitable deduction, philanthropy

Key House Democrat talks fiscal cliff

Dec 10, 2012
Lawmakers in Washington continue to work towards a deal on the fiscal cliff before the end of the year. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland, says House Democrats' opinions shouldn't be ignored.
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