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“Avoid investing in those countries with a high level of socialist or government regulation of business. Business growth depends on a strong free-enterprise system.” — Sir John Templeton (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 150) I met John Templeton, the founder of the Templeton Growth Fund when I lived in the Bahamas in the 1980s. He made a […]
“Every dog has his day.” — Anon. “Money is never neutral.” — Ludwig von Mises There are over 4,000 varieties of digital currencies, a sign of an easy money tulipomania if there ever was one. Soon, there is going to be a falling out, and it will even hurt bitcoin, the top dog. Today, the new […]
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways: the point, however, is to change it.” — Karl Marx on his tombstone (1883) In the 1930s, the Marxist philosophy Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) wrote “The Prison Notebooks” while in prison. In these notebooks, he came up with a brilliant idea to convert the world to Marxism and state socialism. […]
“Inflation is not a problem for this time as near as I can figure. Right now, M2 [money supply] does not really have important implications. It is something we have to unlearn.” — Jay Powell, Fed Chairman Reports are circulating that the Federal Reserve has given up on reporting the money supply because it’s a […]
“Successful preservation of capital must overcome the handicaps of socialist governments, supposedly to help the masses.” — Gerald Loeb (quoted on p. 149 in “The Maxims of Wall Street”) The headline is fiction. Today is April Fool’s Day. But it could happen. Billionaire guru Ray Dalio warned last week that Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will “probably ban Bitcoin” […]
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“Life is about to change radically.” — Cathie Wood, CEO, Ark Investment Fund Since 1980, when I started writing my newsletter Forecasts & Strategies, the bond market has been in a raging bull market. Interest rates have gradually declined from 21% down to practically zero. But, in 2021, long-term rates are starting to rise again, […]
“By the collision of different sentiments, sparks of truth strikeout, and political light is obtained.” — Benjamin Franklin (1785) Have you noticed that there are no more debates on CNN, Fox News or MSNBC? The hosts only bring on “experts” to agree with them. Their first words are always, “I agree with you, Tucker,” or, “I agree with […]
“Hong Kong’s ties to Beijing are increasingly forged in steel, and its ties to English common law, freedom of speech and democracy have weakened significantly.” — Ed Feulner, former president, Heritage Foundation A great tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. Hong Kong (my favorite destination in Asia) is no longer “one nation, two systems,” as […]
“Never bet against America.” — Warren Buffett, 2021 Annual Shareholder Report “I’m not a bull, I’m not a bear; I’m a chicken.” — Charles Allmon (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 67) “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” – Pledge of Allegiance It is easy to be bearish on America, with all the shenanigans going on […]
“All that glitters isn’t gold, but the really good stuff is.” — Chip Wood More and more institutional investors and money managers are jumping on board the Bitcoin bandwagon. Tech companies, flush with cash, are investing in the cryptocurrency: Starting with Elon Musk to the tune of $1.5 billion and Larry Ellison at Oracle may be next. […]