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January 16, 2014 |

Wall Street Welcomes Back Goldilocks

‘Goldilocks’ is the term used by Wall Street to describe a nearly perfect environment for stock values to rise. The term is being used again today, just as it was mistakenly uttered in the middle of the housing bubble, … Read More

January 14, 2014 |

Fee at Last

They call it a fee, but it’s really a tax. The next tax hike of ObamaCare hit on Jan. 1. It’s a tax on medical devices and prescription drugs which is imposed through health insurance companies, because, you know, they … Read More

January 14, 2014 |


Forget the argument that an elite college education is necessary to make one well-rounded, because it is increasingly likely to make one block-headed, narrow, ignorant and proud of it. The notion that, even though college might not be worth the … Read More

January 13, 2014 |

Why Does the Economy Feel So Bad?

A large majority of Americans are convinced that the economy is performing quite poorly. But usually after a recession the economy recovers quite quickly, and the deeper the recession, the stronger the recovery. This time is different, because this time … Read More

January 13, 2014 |

More Sticks and Carrots Capitalism From Japan

This year capital gains rates doubled, but you can avoid that if you put the money into a special account which can only hold Japanese equities. The proper way to get people to buy stocks is to make them attractive … Read More

January 10, 2014 |

Men Are ‘On Strike’ Throughout the U.S.: What Are The Causes?

I haven’t seen my copy of Men On Strike for several weeks. I kept careful watch on the book until I finished interviewing her, but after that it disappeared into the Bowyer-Family-Book-Sharing Vortex from which it has not yet emerged. That’s … Read More

January 9, 2014 |

Dear President Obama: I’m Only My Brother’s Keeper If My Brother Is My Sheep

Since Obama chose to repeat his abuse of the Scriptural phrase ‘brother’s keeper’ in his Christmas remarks. I thought I’d re-post my detailed refutation of the idea that the Bible says that we are supposed to be our brothers’ keepers. … Read More

January 9, 2014 |

The Hypocrisy of Humanitarian Interventions

If the current trend of the Syrian Civil War is not reversed, it will end in an Assad victory. And the recent in-fighting between opposition forces only makes that outcome more likely.

Much like the situation in Libya before … Read More

January 9, 2014 |

An Important New Book Which When Heeded Could Make a Difference

Ned Phelps’ new book is full of ideas which are both surprising and yet well supported by data and historical analysis. His respectful rebuttal of Schumpeter is worth the price of the book in and of itself. The distinction between … Read More

January 9, 2014 |

Ex-Central Planner Sees Error of Central Planning — Too Late

Good review of Alan Greenspan’s new book by international economist, Richard Rahn. It almost makes me want to read the book… almost. Main point is that after he has given up the levers of power, Greenspan has seen that central … Read More

January 8, 2014 |

The Most Important Chart For 2013

As we ring out the old and ring in the new, investors face what seems a fresh world of opportunity. After all, stock market gains exceeded 20% last year, with “more of the same, but not quite as much” on … Read More

January 6, 2014 |

The Gold Prediction for 2014

Gold is a nearly perfect form of money. It is one of the few things on planet earth that contains all of the following attributes; beauty, scarcity, virtual indestructability, and is also transferable and divisible. However, even after five … Read More

January 3, 2014 |

The Contrarian Trade of the Decade

Mr. Bernanke, in a move made mostly to bolster his legacy, stated in his final press conference as Chairman of the Fed that he would start to reduce asset purchases in January of 2014. Nearly every advisor on Wall … Read More

January 2, 2014 |

Malaysia Cuts Spending, Gets Bond Rating Upgrade

The thing about being a small, emerging market country as opposed to a developed world welfare state, is that you can’t get away with fiscal bloat for long. Markets punish bad ideas quickly. That’s why Malaysia has been forced … Read More

January 1, 2014 |

China’s East Asian Gamble

The general consensus among analysts regarding the expanded Air Defense Identification Zone established by the People’s Republic of China in November is that it was simply a mistake. But when you consider the possibility that China is playing for … Read More

December 31, 2013 |

Spain Chooses Short Term Pain

… Which is a lot smarter than long term insolvency. If you don’t have many children and those few children don’t have many children, then you simply cannot afford the most generous pension system in the world, because there’s nobody left … Read More

December 30, 2013 |

Does Poverty Have A Cure? An Interview With Father Robert Sirico

I sat down in front of a microphone and an open Skype line recently to engage in a wide ranging discussion with one of the most interesting thinkers in America today, Father Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute. … Read More

December 20, 2013 |

Mary And The Wise Guy: Why I Wish Christopher Hitchens Had Known More History

It’s a clever line. When Christopher Hitchens used to slam Christianity he did it with style. “If we lost all our hard-won knowledge and all our archives, and all our ethics and all our morals…and had to reconstruct everything … Read More

December 18, 2013 |

Get Ready for the Real Taper Tantrum

Ten-Year Note Trades Near 6%; If Taper Is For Real

The most important question for investors at this time is to determine how high interest rates will rise; if indeed the Fed’s artificial suppression of yields is truly about … Read More

December 13, 2013 |

What Was Charles Dickens Really Doing When He Wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’?

“Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost … Read More

December 11, 2013 |

The Middle-Eastern Power Vacuum

One of the central, but mostly unstated, foreign policy goals of the Obama Administration has been to decrease US involvement in the Middle-East. The Iraq War is over, the Afghanistan War is nearing its close, the US declined to … Read More

December 6, 2013 |

Burning Ray Bradbury: The Column I Most Regret Never Having Written

The column I most regret never having written is about the book Fahrenheit 451. Columns need a ‘hook’, something in the news which gives the column relevance, some current event which a writer can hang the column on. But … Read More

December 4, 2013 |

Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

Last month the Chinese leadership held its Third Plenum — a meeting of the leaders of the Communist Party of China — to discuss and outline a somewhat unexpectedly ambitious plan for substantial economic and social reforms.

President Xi … Read More

December 2, 2013 |

To Grow in Business and in Life, Show Gratitude and Appreciation

I have a friend who was always trying to talk me into being part of his next business idea. Media, finance, health care—it didn’t matter which sector, he’d always say the same thing, “Jerry, it’s gonna be bigger than … Read More

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