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In the last presidential election, nearly 10 million more women voted than men did, according to the Census Bureau: about 70.4 million vs. 60.7 million. So what are the issues that are concerning women as we approach the 2012 presidential election?  Laura Vanderkam is providing us with her insight in this guest post.


Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives. The article below was originally posted on DailyWorth, where she is a contributor. Follow this link to learn more about Laura Vanderkam.


With such a tight election, both presidential candidates are campaigning hard for women’s votes. But what are women’s issues?

Women are certainly interested in abortion and contraceptiion, however they are also mindful of topics such as Jobs, Taxes, The budget deficit, Social Security and Medicare.

Read the entire article here at What Women Care About In 2012


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2013 Tax Planning

October 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

As the end of the year approaches, I know you are busy with holidays, family, and travel, but it is also a good time to do some last minute tax planning. As a courtesy, I want to provide you with a few eleventh-hour tax tips you may find useful. Although tax planning is rarely fun, these strategies could help you keep more of your hard earned money.



Follow This Link To Learn More About Tax Planning for 2013

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Weekly Update – October 22, 2012

Markets declined for most of the week on disappointing third quarter earnings reports, with the technology sector hardest hit. On Friday, the 25th anniversary of 1987’s stock market crash (known as Black Monday)[i], trading was mostly downbeat as investors digested a string of disappointing earnings reports. In spite of this, markets staged a brief comeback in the last hours of trading to close mixed. For the week, the S&P gained 0.32%, the Dow gained 0.11%, and the Nasdaq fell 1.26%.[ii]


Overall this earnings season, Q3 profits have managed to come in just a shade over the doom and gloom estimates. However, the bad news is that top line revenue is much worse than forecasted. One of the big disappointments this week was Google (GOOG), which missed its revenue forecasts for the first time because of its struggling Motorola division and drove a tech selloff on Friday. Market stalwarts GE (GE) and McDonald’s (MCD) also turned in downbeat reports, pushing shares of both companies lower.[iii] With about one-third of S&P 500 companies reporting in, a solid 65% have beaten profit estimates, while just 42% have managed to beat revenue forecasts. This repeats the performance we saw in the second quarter, which shows that companies are learning to do more with less while dealing with challenging business conditions.[iv]


Not all the earnings news is grim though; banks and consumer discretionary companies such as luxury stores and hotels are expected to report the best growth. Banks were given a boost by Fed actions, and, despite the tough economy, luxury retailers and hotel chains are doing well as wealthy consumers continue to spend.[v]

Next week, analysts will turn their attention to two big economic reports on Friday – the GDP report and consumer sentiment. With remaining earnings reports likely to show more of the same, investors will be looking at the GDP report to see whether the Fed’s QE3 activities are giving the economy the boost it needs. Although we can hope for some solid economic performance, there is a good chance the rest of October will be turbulent for markets.


Wednesday: New Home Sales, EIA Petroleum Status Report, FOMC Meeting Announcement

Thursday: Durable Goods Orders, Jobless Claims, Pending Home Sales Index


Friday: GDP, Consumer Sentiment