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Never Invest Here for the Long Run

11/14/2019

“Nobody cares about Latin America.” — Henry Kissinger This week my wife and I are leading a small group of FreedomFest investors on a cruise to Mexico and Central America. This was supposed to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Communist Cuba, but President Trump canceled such trips by his executive order. While we had 86 people signed up […]

The World’s Most Dangerous Tax — Is It Coming to America?

11/07/2019

There are a lot of bad tax ideas out there, and most of them have been tried and backfired.  They include: — Confiscatory progressive income taxation (over 90% in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1960s). — Luxury taxes on yachts, furs and expensive cars (adopted in the early 1990s but abolished […]

The Billionaire’s Paradox: What I Learned From the Forbes 400 Richest People in America

10/31/2019

“The years roll around and the last will comes; when I would rather have it said, He lived usefully, than he died rich.” — Ben Franklin The American dream is a paradox. People are glorified who live long and die young (note the admiration of celebrities who died young like Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley). It is […]

Is Inflation Coming Back?

10/24/2019

“Government is the only agency that can take a valuable commodity like paper, slap some ink on it, and make it totally worthless.”  — Ludwig von Mises Last weekend, I was in Miami to give a talk on “Modern Monetary Theory,” and had dinner with Bill Beach, the director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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