Things are quieting down as people leave work early in preparation for the Christmas festivities, but before you head out take a look at the top stories from this past week.

Canada Makes Big Purchases

Canada had a big week this week as they came in and made billion dollar acquisitions on American soil. On Monday it was announced the Toronto-based Bank of Montreal has finalized plans to acquire Marshall & Ilsley Corporation in a deal valued at $4.1 billion dollars which would double the banks U.S. deposits and branches.

Read: Marshall & Ilsley Corp. Acquired By Canada’s BMO for $4.1 Billion

Toronto Dominion or TD Bank, made a similar move the next day when it announced their second biggest acquisition in the U.S. with the purchase of Chrysler Financial for $6.3 billion. This acquisition is TD’s second acquisition in the United States and will launch the bank into the top 5 of bank owned auto lenders in the U.S.

Check Out: TD Bank Acquires Chrysler Financial for $6.3 Billion

Payroll Tax Holiday

This week the public gained interest in the recent Payroll Tax Holiday — a provision included in the recent Tax Cut Extension Bill. Under the Payroll Tax cuts Americans will be allowed to pay 2% less on their payroll taxes. This new policy was met with some controversy as many people grew concerned over what this meant for social security benefits in the future.

Learn: Obama’s Payroll Tax Holiday brings 2% Cuts

See: Payroll Tax Holiday 2010 Threatens Social Security

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