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The Next Big Threat to Peace


“There will never be peace in the world as long as Communism exists. We are in a war to the death, and not of our choosing.” — Fred Koch 1960 Fred Koch, the father of libertarian billionaire Charles Koch, wrote those words in a pamphlet entitled “A Business Man Looks at Communism.” He had first-hand experience doing oil business in […]

The Marxists and the Austrians Have One Thing in Common


“Capitalism is dying.” — Marxist economist Michael Harrington, “The Twilight of Capitalism” (1977) “The bottom line is that the Reagan program is all talk and no action.” — Austrian economist Murray Rothbard (1981) Last month, my wife Jo Ann and I were privileged to be the first guests on the new Tom Woods School of Life program, doing a two-part series […]

The Russian Bear Hits Wall Street: My Favorite Hedge(s) Against War


“What is the greatest danger to your investments? Inflation.” — Paul Cabot (p. 151) “War is always bearish on money and stocks — and a good time to buy.” — Philip Fisher (p. 151) Both quotes above are taken from the latest 10th anniversary edition of “The Maxims of Wall Street,” the bible of investing. With Russian troops invading the Ukraine, […]

Is This the #1 Burning Issue Facing America?


“Climate change is the number one issue facing humanity. Unchecked, it is going to bake this planet. This is not hyperbole. It’s real.  And we have a moral obligation.” — President Joe Biden Is global warming more important than the other issues facing Americans — war, crime, poverty, inequality, inflation, obesity, divorce, abortion or disease? One headline […]

Which School of Economics Will ‘Save’ America?


“Getting rich is easy if you follow three rules: spend less, save more and invest the rest.” — Kevin O’Leary (2021) “What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.” — Adam Smith (1776) I often ask my college students to come up with one word to describe […]

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A Better Alternative to ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ Politics


“There is no left or right, only up or down.” — Ronald Reagan (1964)  In today’s world of divisive rhetoric and hostile debates, it’s easy for the media and pundits to divide people into camps, such as “left” wing or “right” wing. We see it all the time on cable TV, the internet and the […]

Lazy Man’s Way to Riches


“Most people are too busy making a living to make any money.” — Joe Karbo In the 1970s, when I was just getting started in the business world, I was fascinated with a full-page ad in a magazine which led with the title, “Lazy Man’s Way to Riches.” The subtitle read, “Most people are too busy […]

Why Ben Franklin Matters


“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth the reading or do things worth the writing.” — Ben Franklin On Monday, everyone wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr.  But Jan. 17 was also Ben Franklin Day. Monday was the 316th anniversary of the birth of the founding father extraordinaire Benjamin […]

Is the Tide Turning in the Pandemic, Politics and Stocks?


“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” — Warren Buffett (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 123) Note: I have a special announcement today. See below. Are we seeing a turning of the tide this year when it comes to the fight against the pandemic, the November elections and the […]

The Greatest Pro-Investor Breakthrough in Wall Street History


“Most people are beaten up by the market instead of beating the market.” — Mark T. Hebner (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 194) What event signifies the greatest breakthrough in Wall Street history? It could be: A.) The creation of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1884.  B.) The invention of mutual funds in the 1920s. C.) […]

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