One peculiar aspect of American tax law is that getting married can dramatically affect a couple's total tax bill. Many couples, especially those in which one person earns the vast majority of the couple's income, benefit from the tax treatment on married couples. But many others, especially two-income families where each spouse's earnings are roughly equivalent, can end up paying a whole lot more in tax -- a phenomenon known as the marriage penalty.
The tax compromise that lawmakers agreed to at the beginning of 2013 made several substantial changes to the tax laws, and a few of those changes actually made the marriage penalty worse for some couples, especially high-income couples where both spouses work and have considerable income. Let's look at these three provisions and how much they'll boost the marriage penalty's impact in 2013 and beyond.
1. The new Obamacare tax.
Obamacare created two new taxes: a 0.9% tax on wages and other earned income for high-income earners, and a 3.8% tax on investment income. For both taxes, the threshold is $200,000 for single filers and $250,000 for married couples.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Lakes Entertainment Inc.(LACO)
Lakes Entertainment, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, finances, and manages Indian owned casino properties. It has development and management or financing agreements with three separate tribes for casino operations in Michigan and California. The company manages the Red Hawk Casino for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians situated in El Dorado County, California, which features 2,200 slot machines, 70 table games, 7 poker tables, 5 restaurants, 4 bars, retail space, a parking garage, and a child care facility and arcade. It also develops and finances a casino to be built on the reservation of the Jamul Indian Village located to the east of San Diego, California. In addition, Lakes Entertainment, Inc. engages in developing, financing, and managing non-Indian casino projects in Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, and Ohio. The company was formerly known as Lakes Gaming, Inc. and changed its name to Lakes Entertainment, Inc. in 2002. Lakes Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Emerson]
I will conclude Part one of Reflections from 20 Years of Investing (2001- 2008) with the discussion of three more sizable winners: Forward Industries (FORD), Lake Gaming (LACO) and Fairchild (FA).
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2014: Hudson Global Inc (HSON)
Hudson Global, Inc. (Hudson) incorporated on January 1, 2003, provides specialized professional-level recruitment and related talent solutions worldwide. The Company's Core service offerings include Permanent Recruitment, Contract Consulting, Legal eDiscovery, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Talent Management solutions. As of December 31, 2012, the Company operated in 20 countries with three geographic business segments: Hudson Americas, Hudson Asia Pacific, and Hudson Europe. The Company's core service offerings include Permanent Recruitment, Contract Consulting, Legal eDiscovery,RPO and Talent Management Solutions.
The Company's Permanent Recruitment services leverage the firm's more than 1,200 consultants, supported by the Company's psychologists and other scientific specialists in the development and delivery of its methods to identify, select and engage the best-fit talent for critical client roles. In Contract Consulting, Hudson provides a range of project management, interim management and professional contract staffing services. Hudson's Legal eDiscovery services consists of eDiscovery solutions, managed document review including logistical deployment, project management, process design and productivity management, and contract attorney staffing. Hudson's RPO delivers outsourced recruitment solutions tailored to the individual needs of mid- to large-cap multinational companies. Hudson RPO services include complete recruitment outsourcing, project-based outsourcing, contingent workforce solutions and recruitment consulting. Hudson's Talent Management Solutions capability encompasses services such as talent assessment, interview training, executive coaching, employee development and outplacement.
The Company's clients include small to large-sized corporations and government agencies. As of December 31, 2012 , there were approximately 460 Hudson Americas clients, 1,200 Hudson Asia Pacific clients and 2,700 Hudson Europe clients.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Udovich]
The government's closely watched jobs report today is expected to show that nonfarm payrolls increased by 218,000 positions and may have finally returned employment to its pre-recession level, but executive search or staffing stocks like Hudson Global Inc (NASDAQ: HSON), Robert Half International Inc (NYSE: RHI) and up and coming Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (OTCBB: STAF) have already made investors winners since the official end of the recession:
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2014: Tianrong Internet Products and Services Inc (TIPS)
Tianrong Internet Products and Services, Inc. (TIPS), incorporated on January 29, 1959, is a holding company. The Company is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in developing and marketing its Website (Phonecalls.com) for commercial exploitation. TIPS is an e-commerce business which is engaged in reselling mobile and other telephony solutions to customers via its Website. The company markets products on behalf of suppliers through search marketing and other e-marketing initiatives, such as virtual mail shots.
The Company�� Website catalogues new and refurbished mobile handsets and landline phones from a range of suppliers, as well as a variety of accessories. Customers can purchase products by clicking directly through to the supplier�� Website and the Company l receives a commission on sales made. Suppliers can upload their product advertisements remotely and independently without any human interaction with the Company.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Canadian Value]
To quantify the relationship between real gold prices and real yields, we can regress the price of gold from 2006 to 2013 (we used the logarithm of the real price of gold in our model) against the 10-year real yield from the Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) market. (In our view, this regression is appropriate since gold and real yields are co-integrated and there is an economic rationale for believing they should be.) Based on our study, the regression shows that, all else equal, a 100-basis-point (bp) increase in 10-year real yields has historically led to a decline of 26.8% in the inflation-adjusted price of gold. In other words, over the past seven years gold has had a real duration of 26.8 years. (Note that this is solely an empirical duration that describes the way that gold has traded. Since gold has no cash flows, its duration does not need to be constant, and there is nothing magic about the 26.8 number. Just as the correlation between stocks and bonds varies over time depending on changes in macroeconomic variables and investor risk appetite, the real duration of gold may also change in the future.)
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2014: Indus Motor Company Ltd (INDU)Indus Motor Company Limited is a Pakistan-based company mainly engaged in the manufacture of automobiles and trucks. The Company is a joint-venture between the House of Habib, Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation for assembling, progressive manufacturing and marketing of Toyota-branded vehicles in Pakistan. It also acts as the sole distributor of Toyota-branded vehicles in Pakistan. In addition, the Company also acts as the sole distributor of Daihatsu-branded vehicles in Pakistan and has a license for assembling, progressive manufacturing and marketing of these vehicles in Pakistan. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Nikolaj Gammeltoft]
The publisher of the Granville Market Letter since 1963, Granville predicted the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU)�� slide in 1977 to 1978 and the end to the surge in computer-related shares in 2000. He was wrong in 1982 and 1995 when he called for losses before stocks rallied.
- [By Jim Jubak]
At the close, the Standard & Poor's 500 index (SPX) was down 2.09% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) was off 1.94%. Mexico was 1.33% lower and Brazilian stocks were down 1.1% in Sao Paulo. In Europe, the German DAX (DAX) had tumbled 2.48% by the close of that market; in Milan, Italian stocks were down 2.30%; and in Spain, the IBEX 35 index (IBEX) was lower by 3.64%.
- [By Lindsey Rupp]
The S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent to 1,568.61 at 4 p.m. in New York. The Dow (INDU) Jones Industrial Average added 59.98 points, or 0.4 percent, to 14,673.46, its highest-ever closing level. About 5.8 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, 8 percent below the three-month average.
- [By Inyoung Hwang]
The average company in the Russell 2000 gets 84 percent of its sales from the U.S. and is valued at $972 million, compared with 55 percent and $152 billion for the Dow (INDU), data compiled by Bloomberg show.