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GERMANY CUTS ECONOMIC FORECASTS – The Ukraine Effect? German Recession Coming?

Germany has been the primary growth engine in the EU over the last few years, while the economies of Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, and so on have continued to languish.  Now, the just released economic forecast by the German government downgraded its earlier projections of 1.8% growth for 2014 to 1.2% – projections for 2015 hover around 1.3%.

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Melinda Fellner Bramwit to Present at “Tax Trends for 2014 & Beyond” Seminar

Please join Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Wiss & Company, LLP,and The Insurance & Investment Advisory Group, LLC (“IIAG“) on October 21, 2014 for a complimentary panel-style seminar on evolving tax trends. Designed for business owners, financial planners, accountants, human resource professionals, and others responsible for managing business operations, this program will offer practical information on the following topics: Use of IC-DISCS, Captive Insurance Companies, Cost Segregation Studies and other credits and deductions to maximize the value of your business.

Legal Issues With Formation & Tax Treatment -  Melinda Fellner Bramwit, Esq.,  Partner, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

Compliance and Accounting  Issues – Christopher Colyer, CPA, MST, MBA, Tax Partner, Wiss & Company

Funding & Insurance Issues – Anthony M. Sardis, JD, LLM, IIAG

For more information and to register, click here

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Recognized by Acquisition International

Acquisition International has selected Norris McLaughlin & Marcus as a recipient of one of its 2013 Legal Awards, the Executive Compensation Legal Practice of the Year – USA.

Acquisition International, 2013 Legal Awards, Executive Compensation Legal Practice of the Year - USA

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Meritas Wraps Up a Highly Successful Annual Meeting in Canada

Meritas closes its 2013 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, with continued strong focus and business development relationships with its 180 member law firms located around the globe. Meritas’ 180 member law firms are now in 235 locations in 78 countries providing the support of more than 7,000 lawyers.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards Gala


On December 12, 2012, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Member Oren Chaplin participated in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards Gala, hosted by The Business Council for International Understanding.  BCIU hosted this year’s Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  This year, BCIU honored Carlos Slim with its Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award.  The presenter of the evening was Sergio Marchionne, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler Group LLC; Chairman, Fiat Industrial S.p.A.; and Chief Executive Officer, Fiat S.p.A.  Master of Ceremonies was Larry King and entertainment was provided by Paul Anka. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernanke Offers Little Guidance Other Than to Say That Fed Will Act as Needed

Guest Bloggers: John Gabrielski

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered his remarks today at the Fed’s Annual Economic Symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Bernanke is particularly concerned about the continued slow recovery of the labor market, stating that the “stagnation of the labor market in particular is a grave concern, not only because of the enormous suffering and waste of human talent it entails, but also because persistently high levels of unemployment will wreak structural damage on our economy that could last for many years.”

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Bernanke To Deliver Remarks Today at the Fed’s Annual Economic Symposium

Guest Bloggers: John Gabrielski

This weekend marks the traditional end of summer in the U.S. As it turns out, this weekend also marks the annual Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

How will Bernanke respond to the economic indicators, many of which have been moving sideways for the first three quarters of 2012? Job growth and manufacturing have been tepid. While the U.S. continues to add private sector jobs, it has not done so at a significant enough rate to reduce unemployment below 8%. Manufacturing growth has also slowed, from what may have looked like a promising start of 2% growth in Q1, to 1.7% for Q2. Results for Q3 won’t be available until October.

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Operation Twist: Quantitative Easing

Guest Blogger: William R. Doane

Following the Fed’s April 4th meeting, it had seemed unlikely that a possible QE3 would be engaged.  Support for the monetary policy had dwindled and the economy boosting program seemed to have a sluggish future. However, following the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Washington, QE3 is not just likely, QE3 is here. Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, announced today that they will be extending “operation twist” by twisting $267 billion worth of short term bonds into long-term bonds.  The Federal Reserve made clear that it is “prepared to take further action as appropriate to promote a stronger economic recovery and sustain improvement in labor market conditions in a context of price stability.”

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Lehigh Valley Celebrates 50 Years of Economic Development

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the Lehigh Valley celebrated the 50 year anniversaries of two dynamic organizations that have served as funding agencies to foster economic development in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania: Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project ( known as “LEAP) and Northampton County’s New Jobs Corp (know as “New Jobs Corp”). The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (known as the “LVEDC”) administers both of these organizations and others, including the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority through its Senior VP of Finance, John Kingsley.

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