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Standing on the Edge

As the battle rages on in Washington over the tax increases and spending cuts, known as the fiscal cliff, their impact has already been felt in some ways and not in others. Confidence has taken a hit, while activity has not — yet. While a deal has yet to be struck, steps could be taken to blunt the initial tax and spending impacts of temporarily going over the fiscal cliff to minimize the economic and market damage until a deal can be finalized.

Apocalypse Now?

Given all the news coverage and the drama over what is at stake, it can be easy to think of going over the fiscal cliff — as the spending cuts take effect and tax cuts finally expire — as the end of the world. Wary of the consequences of this collision course with destiny, investors have shunned stocks by selling their holdings of U.S. stock mutual funds on a

This Is Mandatory Reading

As Congress and the President work together to avoid the looming fiscal cliff during the lame duck session of Congress, a more intransient problem remains in the background: the United States’ structural budget deficit. In our Weekly Economic Commentaries of October 29, 2012 (Budget Debate), November 19, 2012 (Budget Myths), and November 26, 2012 (Budget Defense), we wrote about how often the budget was mentioned during the campaign season and how the

Washington’s Dilemma

The advance in the S&P 500, boosted by the latest three weeks of consecutive gains, is at risk if negotiations over the tax increases and spending cuts, known as the fiscal cliff, make no progress in the coming weeks. The fiscal cliff negotiations between the two parties in Washington are reminiscent of a prisoners’ dilemma. The “prisoners’ dilemma” is the name of an

Festive Fed FAQ

The Fed may deliver the most important policy announcement of the week, given the ongoing behind-the-scenes fiscal policy debate in Washington. The Fed continues to play a key role in markets and the economy, and that will continue into 2013 and beyond. Although Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that the Fed cannot offset the impact of the fiscal cliff, Fed policymakers are keenly aware that they remain the “only game in town” when it comes to simulative policy.

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