WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) - Bush and Gore campaign officials continued to clash over Florida election results Friday, while uncertainty over the outcome of the presidential race weighed on Wall Street. Texas Gov. George W. Bush told reporters he was preparing for the transition to the White House, but noted that "there are still votes to be counted" in Florida. Bush said "each candidate and each team have to do what they think is in the best interest of the country. It's in the best interest of the country to plan (for transition) in a responsible way."

Could anyone have predicted this sort of an outcome from our recent election? It almost seems like a fiction novel. My only hope is that the outcome is decided quickly and the country and the financial markets are able to move forward.

If you missed the recent Los Angeles Times Money makeover, here is a link to the article.
http://www.latimes.com/business/columns/perfin/20001017/t000098867.html It is on an early retirement couple.

While the markets are in limbo, this is a good time to take care of other financial business. Have you reviewed your will recently? Have your beneficiaries changed names or addresses? Have you changed your wishes? Have you reviewed the title on all of your assets to be included in your living trust? Have all of your assets transferred correctly?
Are you going to make a charitable donation this year? Have you thought of donating stock in place of a cash contribution? This is a good time to do these year end chores.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sandra C. Field,CSA,MBA,CFP