Andy Friedman: Why Tax Reform’s Not Happening Anytime Soon
The Washington Update's Andy Friedman explains the principles and high political hurdles to comprehensive tax reform, last achieved in 1986 under President Reagan.
Ryan Budget Seeks to ‘Tighten’ SEC’s Belt
But SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White told lawmakers the same day that there was "an immediate and pressing need" for more funding for advisor exams.
Camp’s Tax Plan Unlikely to Pass but Sure to Ignite Debate
Though Rep. Camp's tax plan is highly unlikely to become law this year, retirement planning advocates weighed in.
Washington Watchers See a Lull in Budget Wars
Noting that it's an election year, Washington analyst Greg Valliere predicts the next Congress will be "more conservative than this one."
Taxing Matters for the New Year
Two lawmakers struck a two-year budget deal in mid-December, just days shy of the budget conference committee’s Dec. 13 deadline to find a way to keep the government running beyond the expiration of the current continuing resolution (CR) on Jan. 15.
Budget Bill Nears Senate Passage
The Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote, ensuring it will pass the chamber no later than Wednesday.
Pension Advocates Blast Budget’s Premium Hike
“It is simply unacceptable that members of Congress of both parties...view pension plans as a piggy bank," American Benefits Council president says.
Budget Deal Heads for Likely House Passage
Speaker John Boehner criticized conservative groups for opposing it; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "neither side got everything it wanted."
Senators Say Retirement Planning Is a Growing Priority
“Too many Americans make decisions by inaction, and they need investment advice,” said Sen. Ben Cardin.
Oops! Reinhart-Rogoff Research Tripped Up by Typo
A simple Excel spreadsheet error punches a hole in a highly cited economic paper by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff that has been used to bolster policies favoring restraint in government spending.