The sweeping victories by the Republicans may serve to keep the bulls running in the market. The House is now solidly controlled by the Republicans and Democratic control of the Senate has been watered down a great deal. Democrats in the Senate are likely to show caution regarding issues such as higher income and estate taxes. The tax rate on carried interest also may be off limits to changes by the Democrats. There are several Senate seats held by Democrats that are vulnerable in 2012 so this Congress should be much more conservative.
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