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It used to be that when economic times got tough, people sought out public employment. The pay was less than in the private sector, but the job security was pretty good, and at the end you got a pension. Nowadays, when including all the benefits, public sector pay is higher…
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An old friend from the Coast Guard visited me over the weekend. He is retired and now works as an emergency planner. If there’s one thing government folks do, it is plan. But many times I’ve seen plans go out the window when emergency strikes and people start to improvise.…
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Haven’t we had enough financial shenanigans for one lifetime? Can’t we at least wait for the next generation of politicians and bankers before we repeat the economic sins of the last decade or so? Apparently not. The governor of Pennsylvania wants to issue $3 billion worth of bonds and use the proceeds…
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Did you know that, historically, the American dollar (USD) plays an instrumental role in currency cross rates? As any experienced forex trader understands, the rates are exchange rates between two different currencies. To arrive at a fair amount, you would need both currencies to be converted into a (chosen) base…
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It ranks at the very top of potential tax nightmares, especially if you invest internationally. This nightmare could become a reality if you happen to invest in what the IRS deems a Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC), which are taxed at exorbitant rates and have highly complex reporting rules. Most…
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As expected, the Fed has dropped their ‘Patient’ stance. According to Bloomberg, this "Opens Door to June Rate Increase".   The Federal Reserve dropped an assurance it will be “patient” in raising interest rates, ending an era in its communications policy and opening the door for higher borrowing costs as early as…
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  ↵ At Equities.com, we’ve always been focused on building an active community among the leading voices within the world of finance. However, as with many other fields, in recent years, we’ve noticed a significant shift away from traditional sources of news, tips and predictions, and toward the growing number of…
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At equities.com, we’ve always been focused on building an active community among the leading voices within the world of finance. As with many other fields, in finance, we’ve noticed a significant shift away from traditional sources of financial news, tips and predictions, and toward a growing number of financial bloggers.…
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International Man is all about making the most of your personal freedom and financial opportunity around the world. To do this, by definition, you must minimize the amount of money any government takes from you. Unlike every other country in the world, the US successfully taxes its nonresident citizens on…
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Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said that “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” We agree wholeheartedly, and as investors we watch the political landscape surrounding the U.S. tax regime closely because of its short- and long-term impact on economic growth. Taxes, like death, may be unavoidable, but…
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The problem with the middle class is that it’s shrinking… that much is obvious. There seem to be two basic approaches to reversing this trend. The government can either raise taxes on high-income earners so that funds can be redistributed in the form of tax credits or deductions to others,…
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U.S. taxpayers bailed out millions of home loans. We backstopped Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and lent hundreds of billions of dollars to banks that were all but bankrupt. The bad guy in this story is the greedy banker, who would do anything to write another mortgage. His weapons of…
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