Protecting Your IRA Assets: A Recent Supreme Court Ruling (Aug 20, 2014)

Since enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in 2005, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) have been protected under federal law if you declare bankruptcy.

Over the years, federal court decisions have been divided over whether or not inherited IRAs are protected under the Act.

To resolve this conflict, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Clark v. Rameker.

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Two Supreme Court Rulings Boost Same-Sex Marriage Rights (Jul 15, 2013)

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its rulings on two landmark cases related to same-sex marriage.

The 5-4 decisions bolster the federal benefits available to same-sex married couples and clear the way for same-sex marriages in California.

SageVest Wealth Management discusses the implications of these rulings.

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Approval of the Affordable Care Act (Jun 25, 2012)

By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law’s most controversial provision will stand – a mandate requiring every American citizen to buy individual health insurance coverage. The court made a key distinction, interpreting that mandate not as a directive but as a tax.  “The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. wrote in the majority opinion. “The federal government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance.” The ruling carries profound implications for individuals, businesses and households.

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Spring Growth Across World Markets (Apr 9, 2012)

Spring arrived early in 2012 with a remarkable surge among world stock markets. In fact, it was the best first quarter for the U.S. stock market since 1998. Bonds on the other hand, posted stagnant returns as interest rates inched higher. The resurgence in equities reflects a sharp change in investor sentiment and regained confidence that the economy might not fall into the dire state that people began to expect throughout 2011. The reality is that many of the significant challenges of 2011 persist today; however, monetary actions in Europe have likely averted the most worrisome of outcomes

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