December 5, 2016

US Dominates as the Global Financial Safe Haven

Money is pouring into the major investment centers the United States from all over the world. Friends of mine in the wealth management business from New York, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles tell me they are opening lots of new accounts. I was just in Brooklyn this past weekend for an international meeting. As I was being driven around I saw new building project after new building project. “What is driving […]
November 21, 2016

Will the United States Get Blacklisted as a Tax Haven?

For the world’s tax havens, the United States takes a backseat to no one. Over the last couple of decades, both Democratic and Republican administrations have used America’s superpower status to impose its will on the global financial industry. Using the OECD, IMF, United Nations, and World Bank, and other allegedly nongovernmental institutions, Congress and whatever president then in office has pursued an ever increasing policy of purportedly dealing with tax evasion and money-laundering. As […]
November 7, 2016

Repeal of FATCA Will Be Great for Investors

A $18 trillion-dollar economy like the United States takes a lot of capital from investors to keep the wheels of progress well-greased. While some people object to “capitalism” as a matter of ideology, every economic system using capital and is a capitalist system. Unlike socialist or communist or other capitalist collective economic systems, the United States bills are seen as a capitalist free-market system which is attractive to global investors. Unfortunately, the U.S. has effectively […]
October 3, 2016

Time to Dump Media Stocks?

Not too long ago when my bike group went for our Sunday brunch at the local deli most people had a newspaper with them. For some it was nearly impossible to have their coffee in the morning without reading the news. But that has all changed. Now, as I looked around a rather large dining room there was not a single newspaper to be found. Up on the wall are two flat screen TVs with […]
September 26, 2016

Investors Look to Life Insurance for Durable Growth and Income

It will not be possible to turn the American economy around for a long time. The best the government can manipulate its growth figures is 2% on a good day. Many estimates put projected growth at 1.5% or less. The economy is in a stall – because of the Federal Reserve’s the zero interest rate program and trying to force inflation on the economy. This enables Congress and the administration to spend without limit and […]
September 13, 2016

Only So Many Bites in An Apple

Apple Computer is one of the most important companies in the world. Essentially, it is among the top five mainstay investments in nearly everybody’s portfolio. Anything affecting Apple’s financial viability affects the global marketplace directly and indirectly. Imagine the surprise by the entire investment world when the European Union Competition Commission decided that Apple’s saving of taxes was deemed uncompetitive. The offense had nothing to do with competition as you and I understand it. What […]