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As Tax Hikes Loomed,
Some CEOs Sold Stock

Wall Street Journal, by Scott Thurm

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Posted By:abuela10, 1/10/2013 8:11:37 AM

As Congress mulled higher tax rates last month, dozens of corporate executives sold big chunks of stock, saving themselves millions of dollars in taxes. A Wall Street Journal review of securities filings found that 58 executives sold stock valued at $10 million or more in December as talks intensified over raising tax rates. On Jan. 1, Congress voted to increase taxes on income, capital gains and dividends for high earners. Capital gains were hit more than other types of income, according to David Kautter, the managing director of the Kogod Tax Center at American University in Washington, D.C.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/10/2013 8:16:51 AM     (No. 9108485)

A rational response to a bad policy.

What´s the problem ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 1/10/2013 8:34:12 AM     (No. 9108509)

Yeah, and I sold a large chunk too!

Why, because I didn´t want to pay the confiscatory rates that were getting ready to be set by the bipartisan hack, John Boehner!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/10/2013 9:06:23 AM     (No. 9108571)

And Algore sold his TV station ...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: starsNstripes, 1/10/2013 9:10:59 AM     (No. 9108583)

Same here #2. I´m not a big exec with millions of shares, but did have a few thousand shares that I cashed in before the leeches got to it.

Also, I was thinking about cashing out my 401k entirely. I know it will be a huge tax hit and would leave me with no retirement, but if I have another 20 or so years to go before retirement, is there any doubt that our economy won´t completely and permanently tank by then? Am I being too pessimistic? My thought is that I´d rather have the money in today´s value than the money 20 years later when inflation is in the triple digits or worse. At least I could take the money and pay for a small retirement home while interest rates are rock bottom. Thoughts?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rotten In Denmark, 1/10/2013 10:58:47 AM     (No. 9108884)

As a safe or safer haven for the rapidly depreciating dollar, consider acquiring silver or gold (I prefer silver for affordability and appreciation percentages)and taking possession of it.

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