About Andy Friedman
According to CNBC, Andy Friedman is “one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers on all things political.” An expert on political affairs, Andy explains the ever changing, sometimes confusing, and often crazy world of Washington in a straightforward bipartisan manner. He is known for predicting the outcomes of Washington deliberations and providing financial advisors and investors with strategies to consider in light of the changing political landscape.
Andy was a senior partner with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for almost thirty years, serving as head of the tax and corporate groups. He received his bachelor degree as valedictorian from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his law degree from the Harvard Law School.
Andy also served as tax counsel to Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League.
Andy appears on CNBC, which refers to him as “Wall Street’s Tax Expert” and calls him “one of Washington’s savviest political observers.” Andy also has appeared on the Larry Kudlow Show, the Fox Business Channel, and POTUS radio, has been profiled in the Washington Post and Research Magazine, and is quoted extensively in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today.
Andy is included in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which notes that “Andy’s ability to combine vast knowledge and a practical mindset permits him to convey the most complex of tax concepts in layman’s terms. He is the expert’s expert. If every lawyer were like him, the world would be a much better place.”
Washington Update: An Overview of the Political Environment, Prospective Legislation, and Strategies for Investment and Retirement Planning
For the first time in eight years, a new administration takes over the White House – an administration with vastly different policy goals than the one that preceded it. President Trump’s initiatives promise to have far ranging effects on taxes, health care, sector regulation, government spending, and the country’s fiscal situation.
Andy Friedman and Jeff Bush, experts in political and legislative affairs, will lay out the wide ranging initiatives President Trump will seek to enact during his first year in office, including those involving infrastructure, jobs, tax reform, and industry-specific proposals for energy, health care, financial services, and other sectors. We will consider the extent to which Trump can expect support from the Republican-led Congress and the impediments that nonetheless may stand in the way of enactment. Throughout the year, we will continue to follow the proposals as they are formulated and refined.
We also will consider the extent to which the new administration is likely to overturn or soften regulatory policies the Obama administration put in place, including the controversial Department of Labor regulation imposing new fiduciary obligations on financial advisors.
Finally, Andy and Jeff will discuss how the new administration’s initiatives are likely to affect the economy, industry sectors, tax planning, investments, and the markets. They will provide strategies that investors and financial advisors can consider to take advantage of (or protect against) market volatility and upcoming legislation, including specific strategies for investment, wealth transfer, and retirement planning.
Effects on Small Business Owners
Much of what happens in Washington affects small businesses. On the one hand, Washington recognizes that small businesses provide an outsized source of potential employment. On the other hand, the need for additional tax revenue to fund government initiatives puts in jeopardy the continuation of many current small business initiatives. The presentation will address political topics of interest for small business owners, including tax reform, which could have a positive or negative affect on small businesses depending on what small business provisions Congress decides to eliminate to pay for the reduction in tax rates; the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), under which many smaller businesses will be required to offer insurance coverage to employees beginning in 2016, as major changes in the insurance markets are taking place; entitlement (Social Security and Medicare) reform, which could add additional funding burdens on small businesses; foreign trade accommodations that could adversely affect domestic businesses; and, of course, the upcoming election, where candidates have differing ideas on how to treat small businesses.
Health Care Reform Takes Effect: What Choices Do Businesses and Individuals Have?
The deadline for sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act has now passed, but the effects of the law — including on the midterm elections — remain to be seen. Will participants be surprised by high deductibles, premium increases, and a narrow range of service providers? Will the IRS be able to enforce penalties on non-participants? This presentation explains — in simple, non-partisan, easy to understand language — the parts of the health care reform law that affect businesses and individuals, and the considerations going into the decisions they must make.
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