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Aaron Nathans

Don’t Miss Out on Unique Charitable IRA Provision

An annual deadline is approaching for a relatively new, popular provision of the tax code aimed at encouraging older Americans to make charitable donations. Under the provision, Americans 70 ½ and older can exclude from their taxable income up to $100,000 for “qualified charitable distributions” from their Individual Retirement Accounts. This can count toward a […]

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Natalia Smirnova

Showcasing Teach-the-Teachers in Phoenix

Photo by Natalia V. Smirnova Last week I attended the Council for Economic Education’s 55th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Every year this conference gathers K–12 educators, council affiliates from across the country, Federal Reserve partners, and other educators. AIER collaborates with the council’s regional affiliates, as well as other […]

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Robert Hughes

Our Economic Index Moves Into Positive Territory

Our index of leading indicators moved back above 50 for the first time since January, reflecting a more positive tilt to recent economic data. That’s according to our October edition of Business Conditions Monthly, which we are releasing today. However, as we cautioned when our index first fell below 50, one month does not make […]

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Aaron Nathans

Social Security Benefit Adjustment: Why This Year is Unique

Yesterday, we reported our forecast that the cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security for 2017 would likely be between 0.2-0.5 percent, or $2-6 added to the average monthly Social Security payment. We are forecasting the smallest adjustment to the “COLA” on record. Today, let’s shine a light on how we came to that conclusion. The Social […]

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