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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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Steve Forbes Innovates Again With ‘What’s Ahead’

09/12/2019

Steve Forbes is famous for publishing the premier business magazine, Forbes (and Forbes.com); trying his hand at politics (running for President twice); writing great books on economics and becoming the #1 fan of “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” the FreedomFest conference that takes place in Las Vegas every July. He attends all three-and-a-half days […]

Has Warren Buffett Lost His Magic Touch?

09/05/2019

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett I’ve been a long-time shareholder in Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire-Hathaway and a devoted student to his techniques of making money. I attended the 50th anniversary shareholder meeting in 2015 and have personally interviewed the Oracle of Omaha. Warren […]

Why Gold and Silver Outperformed This Year

08/29/2019

“Buy gold at any level.” — Mark Mobius “You’ve endured the pain, why not enjoy the gain?” — Rick Rule Gold and silver have taken off in 2019 and are likely to move higher. It has been a long time since gold, silver and mining stocks were in the limelight. Precious metals suffered through a bear market lasting […]

Seeing a Slowdown, but No Recession!

08/22/2019

A survey by the National Association for Business Economists this week showed that 74% of economists now predict a recession before 2021. What could cause a recession? It could be a combination of factors — the U.S.-China trade war, tight money or a geo-political disaster. In July, the U.S. government announced that real gross output (GO), the […]

Surprise! 100% of Workers in This Country Invest in Stocks

08/15/2019

Surprise, Surprise! 100% of Workers in This Country Invest in Stocks I’m on a two-week working vacation cruise to Scandinavia with my wife and daughter (who is a figure skater on board the Explorer of the Seas). In exploring the European countries of Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Sweden, I was surprised by the incredible economic […]

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