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What Do the Wealth Tax, the Estate Tax and RMD Have in Common?

11/21/2019

The immense accumulations of fixed capital [has been] to the great benefit of mankind.” — John Maynard Keynes (1920) “Free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity.” — Larry Kudlow motto on CNBC Karl Marx got one thing right. He clearly identified the source of prosperity under free enterprise, or what Adam Smith called “the system of natural liberty.” He called it “capitalism” because it is […]

Never Invest Here for the Long Run

11/14/2019

“Nobody cares about Latin America.” — Henry Kissinger This week my wife and I are leading a small group of FreedomFest investors on a cruise to Mexico and Central America. This was supposed to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Communist Cuba, but President Trump canceled such trips by his executive order. While we had 86 people signed up […]

The World’s Most Dangerous Tax — Is It Coming to America?

11/07/2019

There are a lot of bad tax ideas out there, and most of them have been tried and backfired.  They include: — Confiscatory progressive income taxation (over 90% in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1960s). — Luxury taxes on yachts, furs and expensive cars (adopted in the early 1990s but abolished […]

The Billionaire’s Paradox: What I Learned From the Forbes 400 Richest People in America

10/31/2019

“The years roll around and the last will comes; when I would rather have it said, He lived usefully, than he died rich.” — Ben Franklin The American dream is a paradox. People are glorified who live long and die young (note the admiration of celebrities who died young like Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley). It is […]

Is Inflation Coming Back?

10/24/2019

“Government is the only agency that can take a valuable commodity like paper, slap some ink on it, and make it totally worthless.”  — Ludwig von Mises Last weekend, I was in Miami to give a talk on “Modern Monetary Theory,” and had dinner with Bill Beach, the director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics […]

The New Socialists Fear This Book the Most

10/17/2019

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” — Winston Churchill A few weeks ago I gave a lecture at Hillsdale College on “How to Get Rid of a Bad Idea (Democratic Socialism): With a Better Idea — Democratic Capitalism!” In this talk, I wrote on the blackboard Karl […]

How to Identify the #1 Sign of a Bear Market: My Interview with Charles Schwab

10/10/2019

“I have always believed in giving investors choices, and with those choices the freedom and power to make their own decisions.”                              — Charles Schwab, “Invested: Changing Forever the Way Americans Invest” My wife Jo Ann and I had the pleasure this week of sitting down with one of the great innovators on Wall Street — Charles […]

Wall Street Takes a Dive: Is It Time to Get Out of the Stock Market?

10/03/2019

“How many insecurities traded today on Wall Street?” — Franz Pick “Everything will end badly.” — Bill Henry “October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.” — Mark Twain The stock market has fallen sharply this week due to […]

Amazing Graph: Is an Era Ending for Warren Buffett?

09/26/2019

“Berkshire’s long-term gains… cannot be dramatic and will not come close to those of the past 50 years. It is harder to double the market value of a $100 billion company than a $1 billion company.”  — Warren Buffett, 2014 A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column, “Has Warren Buffett Lost his Magic Touch?” (September 6, […]

How to Get Rid of a Bad Idea (Democratic Socialism)

09/19/2019

“Avoid investing in countries with high levels of socialistic or government regulation of business. Business growth depends on a strong free-enterprise system.” — Sir John Templeton (quoted in “The Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 137) The great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was once asked, “What’s the difference between socialism and capitalism?” He answered, “The stock market.” Countries that […]

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