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Wall Street: The Best Friend of Entrepreneurs and Investors

11/07/2013

This week’s cover story of the New Yorker is “Can Wall Street be Fixed?” Yesterday, I was in downtown Kansas City to give a lecture at the historic Kansas City Public Library (actually at an old bank building). I tried to defend Wall Street and made the case that the stock market is the entrepreneur’s […]

My Meeting with Top Government Economic Officials

10/31/2013

A couple of weeks ago, I announced the good news that the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the government agency that compiles and publishes GDP every quarter, will be publishing a new economic statistic every quarter along with Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It’s called Gross Output (GO). I wrote an article on […]

Did Janet Yellen Really Warn Us about the Housing Bubble?

10/24/2013

The media recently has lauded Janet Yellen, Obama’s choice to become the next Fed chairman, for her prescient warnings in the mid-2000s that the housing bubble could cause a financial crisis. For example, Alan Blinder wrote in the Wall Street Journal, Janet Yellen “warned, as early as 2005, that the titanic real-estate market was heading for an […]

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Should Insider Trading Be Legal?

10/17/2013

“If companies would tell us more, insider trading would be worth less.” — James Surowiecki, New Yorker magazine In a stinging rebuke for the U.S. government, a Texas jury acquitted billionaire Mark Cuban of insider trading. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused him of using a private tip to avoid a big loss on his 2004 […]

Is Capitalism All about Dog-Eat-Dog Competition?

10/10/2013

“Markets are a vast cooperative enterprise in which buyers and sellers work together to set prices and allocate resources. Transactions occur without coercion and, in fact, occur only with cooperation.” — Jason Voss, CFA, director, CFA Institute Yesterday, I played “Ten Tennis” with my grandson Luke (age 9). I invented this new version of tennis called “Ten Tennis” […]

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Replacing Keynes: A New “General” Model of the Economy

10/03/2013

“How can I possibly put a new idea into your heads, if I do not first remove your delusions?” — Robert Heinlein Keynesian economics has created much mischief in the world — a bias toward inflation and easy money, chronic deficit spending, an anti-saving mentality, progressive taxation, big government and the welfare state. Market-friendly economists […]

Minimum Wage Minimizes Job Growth

09/26/2013

Job growth has been the bleakest aspect of the seemingly never-ending Great Recession. It is not even keeping up with population growth, and more and more Americans are dropping out of the labor force (only 63% of all adult Americans now hold a job). Artificial efforts to stimulate the economy aren’t helping. The latest dumb […]

The Fed is out of Control

09/19/2013

“The establishment of Central Banking removes the checks of bank credit expansion, and puts the inflationary engine into operation.” — Murray N. Rothbard, “What Has Government Done to Our Money?” Last Monday morning’s Yahoo Finance headline was most appropriate: “Markets Rise on Summers’s Decision; Free Alcohol in Stores.” The announcement had reference to Larry Summers’s […]

The 9/11 Investment Strategy: Preparing for the Unexpected

09/12/2013

“It’s easier to prepare than to predict.” — Hank Brock I gave my first talk about the 9/11 terrorist attacks yesterday at the New York City chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). I moved to New York only a week before the 9/11 attacks in 2001 to become the new president of […]

How to Protect Yourself from a Stock Market Crash

09/05/2013

“Look out! A 1987-Style Crash is Coming.” — Marc Faber Last month, Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, predicted that a 1987 crash “will happen in the back half of 2013.” In 1987, the stock market boomed — until it collapsed on October 19, 1987, when the Dow fell more than […]

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