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Are Government Shutdowns Good for the Economy?


“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe when the legislature is in session.” — Judge Gideon Tucker The stock market has been soaring ever since the federal government shut down on Dec. 22 in a budget dispute between President Trump and the Democrats who now lead the U.S. House. Ironically, the Dow has climbed […]

Better Than Stocks and Real Estate!


“The business of investing is not the same as investing in a business.” — Maxims of Wall Street Are you worried about losing up to half your money in the stock market? It happened twice in the past 18 years. And in the final three months of 2018, the average stock index fell over 15%. What about […]

Why Inflation Is Here to Stay – the Case for Gold


  “Fiat money and fiduciary credit are the pillar and post of our age of inflation.” — Hans F. Sennholz “The establishment of central banking removes the checks of bank credit expansion and puts the inflationary engine into operation.” — Murray N. Rothbard When the Federal Reserve was created in December 1913, it had two purposes: (1). To […]

Wall Street’s Yo-Yo Ride Surprised Investors


The market can do ANYTHING.” — Jesse Livermore “It was the worst of times…and the best of times.” –Charles Dickens In my entire 40-year career on Wall Street, I’ve never seen anything like it. On Monday’s shortened Christmas Eve session, we witnessed the worst down market in history. The Dow fell more than 600 points to […]



“Free market democratic capitalism is a thing of beauty. Anyone can become a capitalist and should be.” — Ben Stein, “The Capitalist Code” Season’s greetings! Ben Stein is quite a character. He is best known for his role as a dull high school teacher of economics in the ever-popular classic teenage film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Whenever he […]

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The Third Wave in Real Estate — Will it End Badly?


“Housing prices have been roaring higher at a speed rarely seen in American history.” — Robert Shiller 2018 In Sunday’s New York Times, Yale University professor and Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller warned us that we are entering another dangerous real estate bubble, the third biggest boom in recent history. The three biggest real estate bull markets […]

Another Costly War Hits Wall Street


“Wall Street exaggerates everything.” — Stock Market Maxim Historically, wars have hurt the stock market. When Europe erupted in the Great War in the summer of 1914, Wall Street was closed for six months — even though the United States did not enter the war until 1917. The markets also stagnated during World War II, the […]

Who’s Winning the Battle of Ideas — Keynes, Marx or Adam Smith?


“America is trapped in a slow-growth iron cage. But it has all the keys that it needs to open the iron cage. The great question is, does it have the political will to turn them?” — Alan Greenspan I just finished reading “Capitalism in America,” a delightful romp through the 400-year economic life of America from agricultural […]

How Retailers Ruined Thanksgiving


The holiday season is upon us. Retailers have replaced “Merry Christmas” with the mundane and politically correct line “Happy Holidays.” Worse, they have completely destroyed my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, with the dreaded materialistic “Black Friday” week of mindless shopping, followed by “Cyber Monday.” Ugh! Retailers don’t even use “Thanksgiving” anymore in their advertising. Everyone else […]

A Tale of Two Conferences: New Orleans vs. New York


In the past month, I attended two investment conferences whose approach to investing are the opposite of each other. The first one, the New Orleans Conference, occurred before the Nov. 6 election and serves as the annual gathering of gold bugs. I’ve attended and spoken every year since 1975, so I recall its biggest turnout […]

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