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Shareholders’ “Powerball” Payout

Last week’s record $587 million Powerball jackpot grabbed headlines. But some shareholders may get their own “Powerball” payout in the next few weeks as companies seek to distribute special dividends that may total a record $100 billion to shareholders ahead of the likely expiration of the Bush-era 15% top tax rate on dividends at the end of the year.

Sandy Clouds the Beige Book

Heavily influenced by the impact of Superstorm Sandy and the uncertainty generated by the election and fiscal cliff debate, our proprietary Beige Book Barometer (at +30), is down from a recent high in the April 2012 Beige Book (+101). The Barometer is now back down to the levels seen in the summer and fall of 2011, amid the disruptive debt ceiling debate in the United States and the fiscal and financial worries in Europe.

Does Black Friday Mean Green

Retail sales during Thanksgiving weekend — the traditional start of the holiday shopping season — climbed 13% as more shoppers hit the stores and spent more money, according to the National Retail Federation, wildly exceeding consensus estimates. The news helped to lift stocks on Friday, making for the strongest week for stocks since early June 2012.

Budget Defense

This week’s commentary continues our series on the long-term U.S. budget problems and possible solutions. The defense budget is a sizable portion of the U.S. budget and likely to be part of any long-term fix. As in other large areas of the U.S. budget, there are no easy fixes, and hard choices will have to be made.

Budget Myths

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 recent Weekly Economic Commentary: Budget Debate (10/29/12), we wrote about how often the budget was mentioned during the campaign season

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