Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Study Shows Capital Gains Increase Won’t Impact Investing

A study from Bloomberg has come out claiming that affluent investors are not likely to alter their investments if the capital gains tax rate were increased by a small margin. This study goes against claims from Sen. John McCain who has claimed that it would stop upper income Americans from investing.

According to the Bloomberg and Los Angeles Times investor poll, “69 percent of upper-income investors say a raise in the capital gains tax to 20 percent from 15 percent wouldn't cause them to sell assets they would otherwise hold.”

“The poll of 2,208 adults nationwide included 607 investors with household incomes of at least $100,000 and was conducted May 1 to May 8. The investor group has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.”

The nationwide poll has a large sample size, and was conducted by two credible news outlets. However, the poll does not mention how investors would react to Obama’s plan to nearly double the Capital Gains tax rate. I assume that it would be a lot lower then 69 percent.

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