How To Put Your Money Where Your Morals Are

Several Christmases ago, I stopped buying NCAA-branded gifts for my football fanatic in-laws, because the NCAA’s treatment of student-athletes is abysmal. Recent reports that some college sportswear is being made with the forced labor of Muslim-Chinese ‘Uyghurs’ may convince more shoppers to boycott. Q3 2019 hedge fund letters, conferences and...

When Ford Fights Ferrari, We All Win?

If you weren’t planning on seeing Ford v. Ferrari, which came out on November 15, I’d recommend changing your mind. Based on the real-life story of the Ford-Ferrari feud of the 1960s, as told in the non-fiction book Go Like Hell, it manages to capture the spectacle and thrill...

Why The Government Can’t Measure Income, Happiness, Or Well-Being

One of the central problems of aggregate measures of national income and well-being is the fact so much of it relies on incomes, wealth, production, and consumption measured in terms of dollars. Q3 2019 hedge fund letters, conferences and more rawpixel / Pixabay The Traceable and Untraceable Things in Life This means only...

Why Do CEOs Make So Much Money?

Certain politicians and social critics would have us scandalized that the annual income of CEOs of large corporations is often several times that of the employees who work in those companies. Is it unfair that executives make substantially more than a middle manager, an executive assistant, or an assembly-line...

There’s Nothing Inherently Bad About Stock Buybacks

Ever since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in late 2017, opponents of the legislation have lamented the growth of stock buybacks. Rather than dutifully investing in the economy or their employees with the additional money from the corporate tax cuts, they say, corporations line their...

5 Tips On How To Pay Off That Student Loan Before You’re 30

College isn’t the best option for everyone. Some will do just as well if not better by learning their craft through apprenticeships or by simply enrolling in a trade school. But when college is part of your calling and you simply cannot juggle a part-time job and school, taking...

The Driving Force Of Free Markets Is Empathy, Not Greed?

Both capitalists and anti-capitalists frequently accuse capitalism of being a system driven by selfishness and greed. Capitalism’s defenders sometimes say: “By nature, man is selfish, which is why socialism will never work. Capitalism better reflects the fundamental characteristics of human nature.” Anti-capitalists claim that capitalism promotes the worst characteristics...

Electric Cars vs. Gas Cars: Is The Conventional Wisdom Wrong?

Joe Biden, the current front-runner of the Democratic 2020 field, promises the return of electric vehicle (EV) tax credits. The presidential candidate says that "a key barrier to further deployment of these greenhouse-gas reducing vehicles is the lack of charging stations and coordination across all levels of government." Biden...

What Peter Parker Can Teach Us About Housing Affordability

With Spider-Man: Far From Home hitting theaters earlier this month, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken one of the series’ biggest risks yet: pulling Spider-Man out of New York City. The gravity of this decision is baked into the film’s title—with good reason. More than any other Marvel superhero,...

The Trilemma Of Work: Why Great Jobs Are So Hard To Find

A student once told me his post-graduation goal. “All I want is a good-paying, stable, low-stress job where I never have to take work home or stay late while getting good benefits and I don’t need any more degrees,” he said. He made it sound so reasonable. Q2 hedge fund...

Wealth Taxes Have a Lackluster Performance History

The media praises Elizabeth Warren as the 2020 candidate with “a plan for everything." Many of her supporters are drawn to her because she is clear about what issues are important to her and what she will do to improve or solve the problems she sees. Q2 hedge fund letters,...

What Is Entrepreneurship?

If you ask most people about their impression of entrepreneurship, they might use words like “small business” or “innovation” or describe it as “working for yourself.” Some may go beyond that and paint a picture of an audacious Silicon Valley founder who boldly takes risks and tirelessly overcomes challenges. Q2...

The 8 Fastest Disappearing Jobs In America

One of the certainties of a market economy is change. As Joseph Schumpeter famously observed, innovation moves the world forward, but not painlessly. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc FotografieLink / Pixabay The evolutionary process of “creative destruction” introduces new industries and new opportunities, but in its wake, less efficient industries...

The F-35 Project Has Been A Disastrous Waste Of Money

The US government is infamously in debt. Since about 2012, the official national debt has equaled or exceeded the GDP. Shockingly, the real fiscal gap is much higher: With our $21.5 trillion GDP and $22.5 trillion official debt, we also have about $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities over the...

We’re Bankrupt. Isn’t That Worthy Of Presidential Discussion?

Midway between the second and third Democratic presidential debates, we should pause to take stock of what we’ve seen. Eight moderators have grilled more than 20 candidates for nine hours on national television. Yet, the most interesting part of it all is that more than two dozen candidates and...

Did California Just Kill The Gig Economy?

California may have just passed a death sentence on the gig economy. freestocks-photos / Pixabay Late Tuesday night, as many California residents slept in their beds, the state legislature passed a bill that is expected to impact hundreds of thousands of independent contractors across the state. For months now, the state assembly...

ISAs: The Friedman Solution To The Student Loan Crisis

In 2019, 44.7 million student loan borrowers owed a sum of $1.56 trillion, an average of more than $34,000 per student. Of those nearly 45 million student borrowers, 5.1 million have defaulted, meaning they failed to pay back their obligated debts. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc StockSnap / Pixabay A...

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