The Fiscal Cliff Deal – (or Half Deal)

Non-stop fiscal cliff negotiations (and media coverage) at year-end finally resulted in a last minute fiscal package by Congress that adds some certainty for investors on tax rates in the coming year.  Spending issues were not addressed, but instead postponed 60 days. We can look forward to another round of Congressional wrangling on spending cuts,.. read more →

Fiscal Cliff, Slope, or Obstacle Course?

The financial media is filled with year-end dire warnings of catastrophic consequences of the U.S. economy falling over the “fiscal cliff”. Could this really happen? It could, but probably not. We and most market watchers are hopeful for a last minute compromise with more details to come in 2013. Is the fiscal cliff real? Yes-.. read more →

Get Your Taxes Ready for All Star to File

As you are gathering information for your 2011 tax return remember that we don’t need all of your information to get a good start on your return. If you are waiting for just a few items, please send in your information now. We can add the missing pieces later. Not only will your return be.. read more →

What Happened? Why Did It Happen? Is It 2008 All Over Again?

Just a quick note to keep you informed on what All Star Financial is thinking about the world we live in these days. Actually let”s take the last 10 business days in review: The United States lost its AAA rating. The Federal Reserve came out with the ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) until 2013. The.. read more →

Deadlines, Debt Limits, and EARNINGS

Minnesota’s shutdown and the current negotiations in Washington, D.C. surrounding the debt ceiling have been capturing the national and market headlines in recent weeks. They highlight the potential risks of a “policy error” that could severely impact the markets. A potential default by the U.S. Treasury or even a delay in payments could send markets.. read more →

The “Wait and See” Economy

The dog days of summer are over, kids are going back to school, but the economy and the stock market still seem stuck, up just slightly since Memorial Day. Interest rates are low, inflation is lower, and stocks are cheap compared to historical averages. So what is holding things back? We seem to be stuck.. read more →