It’s still uncertain who will win the election in November, but at the start of next year, America's entire tax structure is set to change as the Bush-era tax rates expire and we see higher income, capital gains, and dividend tax rates. The estate tax rates are also scheduled to rise, and the exclusion amounts will go down.
It is an understatement to say the world has experienced a radical shift in capital markets. There are more layers of information and opinions on the direction of the world than we've seen in decades. The internet and the media do not always make it easier, but Michael Dubis' contribution through IB blogs will help you sift through the noise and give you some perspective. You can find his company online.