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The President’s Effect on the Market’s Next Four Years

Nov 6, 2012, 6:45 am EDT
The President’s Effect on the Market’s Next Four Years

I’ve been mostly silent throughout the 2012 election campaign. Conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, we’re all interested in making profitable investments. Why ruin it with politics?

I’m going to stick my big toe into these political waters, though, because I’ve been getting a lot of mail from readers who are concerned about the election and want to know what — if any — effects it will have on their portfolios. It might sound somewhat cliché to say that there is a lot at stake for this country over the next four years, but it is true.

Unfortunately, I see little real leadership potential in either candidate, and I have no faith that either of them has an appreciation for what needs to be done … let alone the backbone to do it. Read 

NJ Residents Can Vote in Presidential Election Via Fax or E-Mail

Nov 5, 2012, 8:00 pm EDT
NJ Residents Can Vote in Presidential Election Via Fax or E-Mail

With many election officials worried about Superstorm Sandy’s possible effects on the election tomorrow, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decided to take action.

Christie announced on Saturday that New Jersey voters displaced by Sandy will have the option to vote by e-mail or fax. Registered voters will have to send a ballot application by e-mail or fax to their local county clerk, who will then e-mail or fax back an appropriate ballot. Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on election day.

According to New Jersey’s Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the goal is to alleviate pressure on polling places tomorrow. In addition, New Jersey will be using military trucks in place of some damaged polling sites. Read 

Election 2012: The Bottom Line for Your Portfolio

Nov 5, 2012, 8:30 am EDT
Election 2012: The Bottom Line for Your Portfolio

With the presidential election just a day away, the headlines are full of the latest polls, debate gaffes, and battle plans. But how will the results affect investors like you?

Four of InvestorPlace Media‘s top advisers sat down and discussed how the election will shape the investing landscape. Here’s what they had to say. Obama Would Boost Healthcare, Clean Energy

Expert: Hilary Kramer Read 

Starbucks CEO, NYC Mayor Bloomberg Endorse Obama

Nov 2, 2012, 4:19 pm EDT
Starbucks CEO, NYC Mayor Bloomberg Endorse Obama

Even as Barack Obama has avoided politics and campaigning in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, politics seem to have reached out to him anyways.

Yesterday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Obama for president, in what might at first have seemed a strange move to make so late in the election. After all, there seems to be little in it for either side. New York is a solidly blue state, Bloomberg is a right-leaning independent, and the mayor even discouraged Obama from visiting New York in the aftermath of the storm.

However, Bloomberg’s endorsement makes sense when you hear his reason for it: climate change. Read 

Sandy and Jobs: A Powerful One-Two Punch for Obama

Nov 2, 2012, 1:19 pm EDT
Sandy and Jobs: A Powerful One-Two Punch for Obama

The 2012 presidential campaign is drawing to a close, but a slew of positive headlines in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and positive jobs data should push President Obama to re-election.

In September, it appeared that Obama was cruising toward a close but comfortable victory over his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney. But Obama’s miserable performance in the first debate changed the game, and Romney leapfrogged ahead of the incumbent. Obama came roaring back in their second and third meetings but even those strong performances did not appear to be enough to undo the damage of the first debate. As of last week, polls showed the race to be an almost perfect tie.

So, in the end it may be the “perfect storm,” literally and figuratively, that cements a second term for the President. A competent and gracious response to a natural disaster and the release of better-than-expected jobs numbers have created a powerful closing argument for Obama. Read 

Romney Auto Ads Stir Up Storm

Nov 1, 2012, 8:16 pm EDT
Romney Auto Ads Stir Up Storm

Mitt Romney has to be wondering if Donald Trump’s endorsement was really worth all the headaches it has brought his campaign.

In the aftermath of the Trump bombshell that wasn’t, the right-wing mogul has been stirring up more trouble on “behalf” of Romney. Romney has begun running TV ads in the battleground state of Ohio suggesting that GM (NYSE:GM) and Chrysler are planning to ship jobs overseas, particularly to China.

In the ad, a narrator has the following to say about the two automakers and Barack Obama: Read 

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