It is unclear if recent improvements in U.S. labor market data are due to less slack or government-related measures to support worker income and benefits. Occupations with some scarcity of qualified labor have seen some wage pressures, but the gains are likely due to one-time minimum wage hikes. A more spirited pickup in overall wage
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Watch Zach Pandl, portfolio manager and strategist, explain what the end of the Fed’s Quantitative Easing program means for investors. QE is over because it succeeded, which is good news. With cash yields still close to zero, staying invested is critical to maintaining purchasing power. Although we still think there are opportunities in the bond
30 years equals about 11,000 days. One might assume that eliminating a few of those days would have little impact on investment performance during that time. Yet, if the ten best days of the S&P 500 Index for the period 1983- 2013 are excluded, the average annual return drops from 8.40% to 5.80%. If the twenty
The 3.8% net investment income tax applies to certain trusts and estates. Given the lower income thresholds for reaching higher tax brackets in a trust, it is possible that income or capital gains retained by the trust will be taxed at higher rates than if the income or gains were distributed to beneficiaries. The Columbia
Self-employment income may be included in an individual’s net investment income, or may raise modified adjusted gross income beyond the net investment income threshold. Business owners may be able to reduce exposure to the net investment income tax by establishing a qualified retirement plan, and characterizing a portion of business earnings as pretax contributions to
Small business owners can potentially mitigate the effect of the new 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) by establishing or updating a retirement plan for their business. Strategic use of tax-advantaged retirement plans may prevent one from breaking through the MAGI income threshold for the NIIT strategy. The Columbia Management Learning Center is dedicating a
Republicans exceeded expectations across the board, gaining control of the Senate and picking up significant net new seats in the House as well as in state capitols. We aren’t expecting the GOP to embark on a politically self-destructive path regarding debt limits and potential government shutdowns. But a clash over immigration might increase risks of