2012 has already been an eventful year for advisors and investors. The stock market has been on a nice run (Dow up 5% so far) while significant mergers, acquisitions and high-profile IPOs have given Wall Street and Main Street plenty to mull through the first month and a half of the year.

And there will even more developments for advisors and investors to watch later this year considering that a dozen countries – including the U.S. – accounting for more than half the world’s GDP by purchase power parity will be holding elections that are sure to impact all facets of the world economy.

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