Recently, in its monthly update, the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service announced that there is a 50 percent chance that El Niño conditions will develop during the second half of 2012, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology also is seeing climate indicators pointing to El Niño.
The election results from Greece are in, and the good news for investors is that it appears likely that a buildable coalition will result.
Colombia, a country followed closely by Chevy Chase Trust’s investment team, continues to ride a wave of good news. At the top of the list is Time magazine’s cover story: The Colombian Comeback.
Last week after a summit in Brussels, EU leaders declared a turning point in the Greece fueled Euro debt crisis. Leaders pledged to shift their focus away from budget cutting and onto pro-growth projects.
Global equity markets had a challenging year.
If you converted a regular IRA into a Roth in 2010 and the value of your Roth IRA has fallen, you may want to consider undoing — or "recharacterizing" — the transaction.
The tax legislation enacted at the end of 2010, just before we were scheduled to return to a top federal estate and gift tax rate of 55% and an exemption of only $1 million, provided three significant changes in the federal estate and gift tax laws.
Two months ago in our series of blogs on oil, I highlighted Canada and its oil sands as a niche area showing great potential. With the recent pullback in oil prices, there is another region, often overlooked by investors, that offers potential.
The tax bill enacted at the end of 2010 provides a $5 million exemption from federal gift tax for aggregate lifetime gifts ($10 million for a married couple). This exemption applies for 2011 and 2012, and is in addition to the $13,000 annual exclusion gifts that may be made free of federal gift tax every year.
For those building a fixed-income portfolio, it is beneficial to spend time understanding the details behind different bond issues. Investors […]
In our past two blog entries we discussed our long-term views on crude oil. Our first note outlined the reasons […]
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Most have probably heard about the significant increase in the federal estate tax exemption and decrease in the federal estate […]
Re-printed from the Washington Business Journal: Chevy Chase Trust has added a big name to its roster. John Cutler, a […]
A couple of weeks ago, while lamenting the onset of cold weather here in Washington, I discussed the investment potential […]
There has been widespread concern about state budget deficits. Many wonder if states lack the resolve or political will to […]
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about “numbers” in the municipal bond markets. On the pessimistic end, we showed […]
It seems that you cannot pick up a paper or turn on the news without encountering a story about the […]
With the gift-giving season upon us, it is a good time to review the current tax rules related to gifts, […]