Elections

Congress' inaction on the fiscal cliff could cost U.S. GDP more than 5%

Congress' inaction on the fiscal cliff could cost U.S. GDP more than 5%

The year-end "fiscal cliff" consisting of government spending cuts and tax increases is projected to have crippling effects on the U.S. economy if lawmakers stand by and do nothing. A BlackRock...

November 05, 2012 | 12:19 pm
Goldman Sachs: Equities indifferent to winning party in recent past

Goldman Sachs: Equities indifferent to winning party in recent past

Goldman Sachs put out a research note on Oct. 26 highlighting median S&P 500 index returns in the months following presidential elections going back to 1976. Since that time, the S&P 500 has returned ...

October 29, 2012 | 03:20 pm
PBGC scrutiny, Fed transparency part of GOP platform

PBGC scrutiny, Fed transparency part of GOP platform

Republicans in their 2012 platform are calling for a presidential panel to look at corporate defined benefit pension plans backed by the PBGC to see whether a taxpayer bailout is in the cards.

August 29, 2012 | 04:11 pm
Top presidential contributors

Top presidential contributors

Reuters reported Thursday that Mitt Romney and Republican groups raised $76.8 million in May vs. $60 million for President Obama and Democrats. A look at top contributors in the 2012 election cycle...

June 07, 2012 | 01:41 pm
President Obama faces highest unemployment rate in history six months prior to an election

President Obama faces highest unemployment rate in history six months prior to an election

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday that U.S. employment rose by 115,000 in April, leaving the unemployment rate little changed from March at 8.1%. As President Obama formally begins his re-...

May 04, 2012 | 02:30 pm
Equity investors vote for gains during election years

Equity investors vote for gains during election years

As President Barack Obama essentially kicked off his re-election campaign during the State of the Union address on Jan. 24 while Republicans battle it out for the nomination, it is worth taking a...

January 25, 2012 | 02:54 pm

Obama pushes for 30% tax on individuals making over $1 million

President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday night called on Congress to require the highest earners to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes.

January 24, 2012 | 10:09 pm
Private equity industry counters GOP attacks

Private equity industry counters GOP attacks

Wincing from the slings and arrows thrown by candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, the private equity industry — in the guise of the Private Equity Growth Capital Council...

January 23, 2012

Downgrading is cost of political 'brinksmanship'

Excerpt from Standard & Poor's report “United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To "AA+' On Political Risks And Rising Debt Burden; Outlook Negative.” Nikola G. Swann of the S&P...

August 22, 2011
DiNapoli gets full term as N.Y. comptroller; California Dems hold on

DiNapoli gets full term as N.Y. comptroller; California Dems hold on

New York state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, the sole trustee for the $124.8 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, appeared to defeat Republican challenger Harry J. Wilson.

November 03, 2010 | 12:21 pm

Stocks most likely to be the big election winner

If history is any indication, Wall Street is likely to rally following the Nov. 2 midterm elections.

November 01, 2010

Delaplane: Retirement issues would take back seat with big GOP victory

The midterm election might be bad news for Democrats, but their pain could result in a gain for the retirement industry.

November 01, 2010

N.Y. Common a campaign issue

The battle for New York state comptroller is shaping up as the biggest pension-related race in the Nov. 2 election, with the winner becoming sole trustee of a $124.8 billion pension fund that's been...

October 18, 2010