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Peter Lefkin 

 

Peter Lefkin

 

Peter Lefkin, senior vice president of government and external affairs at Allianz of America and our Washington correspondent, provides regular updates on what's happening on Capitol Hill.
Trump’s Victory: Shocking But Not Entirely Surprising
In a presidential election that grew more shocking with each passing week, the results from last night somehow seem fitting. Peter Lefkin reviews how it happened and explains why almost everyone was wrong in predicting the outcome of the 2016 election.

An Open Letter to the Next US President
As the candidates make their final pitch to a restive electorate, it bears repeating that real leadership is needed on a growing host of critical issues. To that end, Peter Lefkin pens an open letter to the next US president, whoever it may be.

A Surreal Summer in Selecting the Next US President
If the 2016 US presidential primaries are a foreshadowing of the general election, we’re about to witness a political campaign for the ages. In his latest commentary, Peter Lefkin takes measure of the most surreal election in US history.

Fear and Loathing on the GOP Campaign Trail
In a political season that astonishes, Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, explains how the GOP's good intentions have been cast aside by primary voters in a lurch toward the abyss.

Fiduciary Duty Regulation: No Sure Bet in 2016
The DOL is resurrecting fiduciary duty regulation first proposed, then postponed, in the wake of the financial crises. Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, discusses why its fate is anything but certain.

What Boehner's Retirement Means for the Shutdown
In a new commentary, Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, says that John Boehner will probably reach one last deal with Democrats—likely averting another D.C. crisis—before stepping down from his speakership.

First, Do No Harm
Congress returns from summer recess but expectations are low for meaningful progress, writes Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America. Will the next debt-ceiling debate be more contentious than the last one

Simplifying the Complexity of Fiduciary Duty Regs
Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, takes a look at how the DOL aims to broaden fiduciary standards for advisors, and highlights the proposed rule's unintended consequences.

'Doc Fix' Highlights Rare Bi-Partisan Consensus
Peter Lefkin chronicles the history of physician reimbursement laws and how Congress recently stepped up on an important Medicaire bargain. But both the US health-care system and Washington remain fractured, he says.

Debt-Ceiling Vote Rife With Conflict
Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, explains why the 2015 debt-ceiling debate could be worse than the one we saw in 2011.

State of the Union: A Statement of Progressive Principles, Political Defiance
Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, breaks down President Obama's speech, including what it means for entitlement spending, the debt ceiling, immigration reform and trade.

The Price of Meaningful Tax Reform
Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, takes a look under the hood of the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 and why, regardless of its fate, it's a blueprint for the future and a sobering conversation worth having.

State of the Union: Confronting the Limits of Power
Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, analyzes the president's annual address and why he's pursuing a more modest agenda that includes items like MyRA accounts for retirement savers, but doesn't include tax reform.

State of the Union Reveals Stark Contrast Between President and GOP Visions
Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, breaks down the president's address, highlighting the political implications of his legislative agenda and the fierce sparring over deficits and spending that lies ahead.
The material contains the current opinions of the author, which are subject to change without notice. Statements concerning financial market trends are based on current market conditions, which will fluctuate. References to specific securities and issuers are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, recommendations to purchase or sell such securities. Forecasts and estimates have certain inherent limitations, and are not intended to be relied upon as advice or interpreted as a recommendation.

 

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