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Does Business Need a New Brand?


“Capitalism is awesome!” — John Mackey, co-CEO, Whole Foods Market This week I was a guest of John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, to attend the 10th anniversary of the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit in Austin, Texas. It was an incredible opportunity to listen to some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country who […]

King Dollar — What It Means to Investors


The dollar has rallied sharply in the past month, continuing a bullish trend since late 2011. It has risen significantly against the pound, the euro, the yen, the Aussie dollar and the Mexican peso lately. The dollar’s recent rise is reflected in the following chart of the PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish ETF (UUP). King Dollar […]

Why Keynes is Here to Stay… And What It Means to Investors


“Keynesian economics is a permanent revolution.” — Mark Blaug John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), the British economist, was the most influential economist of the 20th century. His theories justified big government, the welfare state, inflation, easy money, deficit spending and progressive taxation. Despite all of the efforts of free-market economists (the supply-siders, the Austrians and the […]

The #1 Lesson I Learned in Miami Last Week


I recently attended the bi-annual general meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, a group of political and economic thinkers from around the world. I’ve been attending most of the group’s meetings since 1988, when I was the guest of Milton Friedman. I’ve been a member since 2002, and I have spoken on a number of […]

Can you Profit from the Economic Freedom Index?


At this year’s Mont Pelerin Society meeting in Miami, where political and economic thinkers gather from around the world, we talked about the fabled economic freedom index that was started by Milton Friedman and other founders of the MPS. Two indexes are published, one by the Fraser Institute in Canada, and the other by the […]

Are Reverse Mortgages a Good Idea?


“A reverse mortgage has its benefits, but it’s an expensive way to borrow money and not without risks.” — John Schaub, author, “Building Wealth One House at a Time” (2nd edition) Like you, I’ve seen a lot of ads promoted by prominent TV personalities, such as Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”), Tom Selleck (“Blue Bloods”) and […]

How Price Discrimination and Inequality can Benefit the Poor and Middle Class


Do you sometimes look down upon the “fat cats” who sit in first class seats on an airline, or who enjoy spacious suites on a cruise ship? Think again! Price discrimination and inequality may be responsible for your cheap ticket on an airline or on a cruise ship. The fact is that most of the revenues […]

Is Trump Right about Trade?


“NAFTA is the worst trade agreement we’ve ever made in our history — the worst!” — Donald Trump One of Donald Trump’s signature campaign slogans has been “We will build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” Trump has attracted a lot of voters — though probably not enough to win the election in […]

The Elections and Wall Street: Who Wins in November


“Don’t always trust the experts.” — Steve Forbes On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the San Francisco MoneyShow, we had a raucous debate on “The Elections and Your Portfolio.” I was the moderator and had the challenge of confronting four Donald Trump supporters in front of an audience of both supporters and detractors. Some of the Democrats […]

Is the U.S. Stock Market Dying? View This Scary Chart


Wall Street seems to be in an ebullient mood as the Dow Jones Industrial Average is near an all-time high and has enjoyed a seven-year bull run. At my newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, we are enjoying the ride. We are 100% invested and taking advantage of high-dividend paying stocks and funds during a low-interest, low-inflation environment. But […]

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