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Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman

Principal and Founder, The Washington Update
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The Washington Update: An Overview of the Political Environment, Prospective Legislation, and Strategies for Investment and Retirement Planning

As 2018 begins, investors and businesses are digesting the consequences and nuances of the sweeping Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress at the end of 2017. At the same time, the Trump administration and Republican leadership are readying a number of new initiatives, including instituting a national infrastructure repair program, reducing the scope of the Affordable Care Act, enhancing immigration restrictions, re-prioritizing federal spending, reforming welfare, entitlements, and social “safety net” programs, and continuing the rollback of industry-specific regulations.

Hanging over these efforts are the 2018 midterm elections and the expected release of the Mueller report on possible malfeasance by the Trump campaign, both of which have the potential to alter the administration’s ability to implement its programs.

Andy Friedman, an expert in political and legislative affairs, will address all of these matters in his 2018 presentations. He will focus on the portions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of particular importance to business owners, investors, and financial advisors, pointing out which individual situations and economic sectors are likely to fare well, or poorly, under the legislation. He will consider the extent to which Congress will adopt the President’s legislative initiatives, and how those initiatives are likely to affect the economy, the markets, industry sectors, and investments. And he will consider how the outcomes of the Mueller investigation and the 2018 elections may alter the administration’s ability to implement its far-reaching policies.

Andy also will discuss the extent to which the administration is likely to overturn or soften regulatory initiatives, including the controversial Department of Labor regulation imposing new fiduciary obligations on financial advisors.

Along the way, Andy will provide strategies that investors and financial advisors can consider to take advantage of (or protect against) market volatility arising as these initiatives progress, as well as specific strategies for investment, wealth transfer, and retirement planning.

Why Book Andrew Friedman?

  • Andy Friedman is one of the nation's most sought-after speakers on political and legislative developments and their effect on the government's tax, fiscal, and retirement policies.
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    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.”

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