Written by John L. Aldridge and Kyle Pomerleau
The United States' federal top capital gains tax rate is now 23.8 percent due to two tax increases at the start of 2013. This is problematic, because the capital gains tax creates a bias against savings, slows economic growth, and places a double-tax on corporate profits. Although ...
Written by Russell Lamberti
US lawmakers reached a budget deal this week that will avert the sequester cuts and shutdowns. These fiscal “roadblocks” supposedly damaged investor confidence in 2013, although clearly no one told equity investors who’ve chased the S&P 500 up 26 percent this year. But even so the budget deal ...
Written by The Daily Bell
Introduction: Thomas D. Conrad, Ph.D. is currently a hedge fund manager and president of Financial Management Corporation. He received his Masters Degree in Accounting, Statistics, and Financial Management from The University of Maryland in 1961 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from ...
Written by Murray N. Rothbard
Editor’s Note: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved by Congress 20 years ago this month. Rothbard’s essay on NAFTA, reprinted below, is available in the collection Making Economic Sense.
Written by Chris Martenson
The Fed is busy doing everything in its considerable power to get credit (that is, debt) growing again so that we can get back to what it considers to be "normal."
But the problem is that the recent past was not normal. You may have already seen this next chart. It shows total debt in the U.S. as a ...
Written by The Daily Bell
The strange convergence of Bernanke, Hayek and Bitcoin ... Every time Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke opens his mouth, the markets move. But few could have guessed that in an offhand remark he would add legitimacy to the Bitcoin, the virtual currency that competes with the American dollar as ...
Written by Robert P. Murphy
Editor’s Note: For a more detailed analysis of this topic, sign up for Dr. Murphy’s 4-week online Mises Academy class, beginning November 20. The course will cover the standard arguments for government intervention in health care and health insurance, including the common claim that ...
Written by Robert Batemarco
Editor’s Note: Beginning Tuesday, November 12, Dr. Batemarco will be teaching “The Age of Crony Capitalism” at Mises Academy. This six-week online course will examine the factors responsible for the expansion of crony capitalism at the expense of the free market.
Written by Right Side News
Pulling no punches in a candid interview, former Congressman Ron Paul has taken aim squarely at the Federal Reserve, calling out the central bank's current and future Chairs for their "unworkable" monetary policy of debt purchasing, also known as Quantitative Easing. One way or another – whether QE ...