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Individual Stocks vs. the Indexes: Cherry-Picking Wins!


“I’d rather win one big tournament in my entire life than make the cut every week.” — Arnold Palmer “Buy two of everything in sight and you end up with a zoo instead of a portfolio.”  — Warren Buffett Should you buy individual stocks or index funds? The academics will tell you that you have a […]

How My GO Statistic Predicted a Rebound


“GO is a leading indicator of GDP by six to 12 weeks.” — David Ranson, chief economist, HCWE & Co. I appeared today on CNBC with Rick Santelli to talk about the economy and the stock market. Watch it here. One of the reasons I’ve been bullish on the stock market and the economy is […]

Adam Smith under Attack, Long Live Free Markets!


“Adam Smith was a radical and revolutionary in his time — just as those of us who preach laissez faire are in our time.” — Milton Friedman On Tuesday night, June 13, Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics and free-market capitalism, came under sharp attack in my debate with Gene Epstein, economics editor of […]

Warren Buffett Admits Defeat But Still Outperforms!


NOTE: I was on CNBC this morning with Rick Santelli to talk about the new Republican alternative to ObamaCare. The Republican health care bill offers two good changes that would remove the individual mandate and expand Health Savings Accounts, but it didn’t go far enough towards sound economic principles. In the interview, I discussed the […]

Is the Stock Market Trumped up?


In his first “state of the union” address, President Donald Trump hit a home run with investors, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average skyrocketed above 21,000 the next day. The new president promised tax cuts for corporations and the middle class, less regulation in business and medicine and lots of new jobs. So far Trump […]

Who’s Your Favorite Libertarian Financial Guru?


“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” — Disney’s “Snow White” Almost 2,000 people already have voted for their favorite libertarian in the just-released survey sponsored by FreedomFest and Newsmax magazine. The survey is to find “The Top 50 Most Influential Libertarians.” Choose among your favorites in politics, business, the media, authors […]

The Economy Is Back on Track: Good News for Trump


The economy is now moving from “slow growth” to robust growth. Today, the federal government released data on the economy that supported this optimistic outlook, and it explains why the stock market has done well since Donald Trump was elected as the next U.S. president. Gross output (GO), the top line of national income accounting, […]

How Important Is Trade? It’s ‘Yuge!’


“No nation was ever ruined by trade… The system of America is universal commerce with every nation; and war with none.” — Benjamin Franklin (1774, 1778) Two weeks ago, I was a speaker on my first Forbes cruise, hosted by Steve Forbes. Another speaker was Mark Mills, an energy expert from the Manhattan Institute. He […]

Is the Golden Age of Investing Over? Yes for Bonds, No for Stocks!


For the past week, I’ve been on my first Forbes cruise in the Caribbean with more than 150 investors. Speakers not only included me but also billionaire Ken Fisher, Fox Business hosts David Asman and Elizabeth MacDonald and energy expert Mark Mills. On the “Forbes on Fox Live!” panel, we debated whether the Trump rally […]

SALT vs. Ruff: A Tale of Two Conferences


“He who is a bear on the United States will eventually go broke.” — J. P. Morgan In the early 1980s, I was a keynote speaker at most of the Ruff National Conventions. These “doom-and-gloom” conferences were hosted by Howard Ruff, who died on Nov. 12. As I told the New York Times and Wall […]

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