The Dow opened up on Thursday morning but quickly dipped and was slightly down a little before noon.
Another financial issue facing some consumers: The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 is set to expire by the end of the year.
“If it does not get extended by Congress by the end of the year, homeowners will have to start paying income taxes on the portion of their mortgage that is forgiven in a foreclosure, short sale or principal reduction,” reports Les Christie of CNN Money.
Now, we are all just waiting to see what debt deal, if any, will keep us from falling off the cliff.
But here’s the Color of Money Question of the Week for you: Now that the election is over, how are you feeling about your own finances? Send your comments to email@example.com. In the subject line put “Fiscal Cliff.” Please include your name, city and state.
In a recent Motley Fool article, “Obama Wins: What You Need To Know,” Morgan Housel explains how the election will affect your personal finances
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
-- Don’t dump your investments plan because your candidate lost. “If you were happy with your portfolio and investing style three months ago, you should be happy with it three months from now. Making investment decisions while heated about an election outcome puts you in the express lane to regrettable decisions,” Housel writes.
-- Be optimistic. Think about this, Housel says: Housing construction and auto sales are set up for a big rebound. The boom in domestic energy production is good, and household debt payments to income are at the lowest level in almost two decades. “Look past election-season hyperbole, and neither candidate was radical in any historical sense, and would have inherited an economy with the wind at its back,” he says.
For last week’s Color of Money question, I asked: “How do you avoid overspending during the holidays?”
“I make a list of each person who receives a gift for the holidays and/or birthday,” said Jennifer Protil of Silver Spring, Md. “It makes me think about and plan the year, balancing larger gifts with smaller gifts on a different occasion. Seeing all my gift giving on one page helps me choose thoughtful, more meaningful gifts over impulse buys that cost more and are less appreciated. An added bonus is that I can watch for sales on items I’ll give later in the year.”
Lorna Gilkey of Alexandria, Va., wrote: “For many years, I have had a very strict, titanium rule that I do not break under any circumstances regarding holiday gift giving and it is this: ‘If I gave birth to you or you gave birth to me, then you get a holiday gift. That’s it, no one else. Period.’ After saying that for years, most people respect the rule. Those who give me something hoping to get a gift in return are rewarded with a big smile and a hearty ‘Thank You!’”
Tia Lewis contributed to this report.
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