Some Common Cents for December 18th 2015

December 18, 2015, by John Norris

Well, the Fed finally raised the overnight lending target rate. I have to tell you, when people literally stop me on the street to ask me about the short-term future of monetary policy in the US, perhaps we have all become a little too preoccupied with the subject. Now, we can quit wringing our hands and gnashing our teeth, and move onto something else. The only problem is: how are all the numerous news and...

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Clinton tax plan IS as bad as it sounds

August 6, 2015, by John Norris

Last week, Hillary Clinton announced a proposal to dramatically increase capital gains taxes if she wins the Presidential election. From what I can tell, virtually everyone has criticized it. Is it really that bad? Any tax or regulation which inhibits the free flow of capital to its highest and best use is generally not in anyone’s best interests, even Washington’s. As such, Clinton’s plan should be dead on arrival on Capitol Hill if she ends...

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Some Common Cents for May 22nd 2015

May 28, 2015, by John Norris

We talk a lot about risk and return in our industry. The more risk you take, the more return you should expect. That doesn’t mean you take foolish, uneducated risks. However, it does mean you have to expose your portfolio to some volatility if you want to make any real money. Basically, you can’t stick your money in a coffee can and complain about not making any money. On the flipside, you can’t load up...

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