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General, Economic and Political

There are many subjects that influence financial planing other than the other subjects shown.  This category includes subjects not included in the other resources.

The Housing Boom is Already Gigantic. How Long Can it Last?” 20181207 NYT
Possibly all forecast should consider the sentiment in the last paragraph.

Globalization’s Backlash Is Here, at Just the Wrong Time” 20180323 NYT
Food for thought

A Cyberattack ‘the Worst Isn’t Ready For” 20170622 NYT
DoublePular harder to detect and worse than WannaCry!

John D. Rockefeller JR’s  Creed

Email scammers take aim at small businesses that use QuickBooks” IS 20170113
New scams seem to be reported more frequently impacting more people and businesses.

Making America Great Again Isn’t Just About Money and Power” 20170112
This discussion is intriguing and provactive>

Among developed nations, Americans’tax bills are below average” 20160411 Pew Research Center
So we chose to focus on a simple measure of tax burden: national-level income taxes plus mandatory social-insurance contributions as a percentage of gross income

Why Surging Stocks May Not Mean the Economy Trusts Trump” 20161118 NYT
This article is not about how to invest. It is about the benfits of regulatory benefits.

Why We Ask to See Candidates’ Tax Returns.“20160805 NYT
“…why it can be so valuable as a measure of character. It’s a tale of presidential tax shenanigans, political scandal and one of the most famous quotations in American history: Richard M. Nixon’s “I am not a crook.”

We’re in a Low-Growth World. How Did We Get Here?” 20160806 NYT
“Economic growth in advanced nations has been weaker for longer than it has been in the lifetime of most people on earth.”

The IRS and The Self-Minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz” 20160624 HP
R. Nader: “Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. ”

What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour” 20160513 NYT
The article was based on The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon

America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Area” 20160511 PewResearchCenter
This provides information about the number in each class and the changes over time.

Why is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories” 20160428 NYT
You cannot reach definitive conclusions about economics when there are questions about the accuracy of the measurements. This adds to the questionably of economic forecasts.

Economic Gravity in the Oil Industry: What Goes Up Comes Down” 20160429 NYT
Learning from history can be very beneficial”

The Trade Deficit Isn’t a Scorecard, and Cutting It Won’t Make America Great Again” 20160327 NYT
Informative article about the “Trade Deficit”

America’s Un-American Resistance to the Estate Tax” 20160223 A
“A sophisticated and well-funded effort has extinguished public support for a policy that actually aligns neatly with the U.S/’s notion of fairness.”

The Super Bowl Ad That Set Off Economic Alarm Bells” 20160209 NYT
Are home mortgages to easy to get?

New Treasury Data Shows How Progressive America’s Tax Code Really Is” 20151229 TF

Former SBA Chief Weighs in on the Rapidly Changing World of Financing” 20151123 WSJ
Current changes in lending to small-businesses.

You’re Not Supposed to Understand the Federal Reserve” 20151020 NYT
The Fed was created in 1908 and designed to minimize the influence by any group, including  politicians, and avoid corruption.

The 57 – Year-Old Chart That is Dividing the Fed” 20151024 NYT
Does the Phillips curve be updated or replace?

The Central Bank Skeptic Who Helped Give Birth to the FED” 20151024 NYT
This article provides some background on the founding of the FED.

20150626.Supreme Court Issues Historic Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Students Stagnate in Social Studies” 20150429 WSJ
This may be why it seems that more and more people seem uninformed.  Could this be the result of the frequent cut back in spending for education in the US?

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant” 20150324 NYT
This article highlights creditable research on this topic.

In Greenbacks We Trust” 20150227 NYT
Interesting read about Federal Reserve System

The Year in Charts” 20141230 NYT

A Republican Ruse to Make Tax Cuts Look Good” 20150102 NYT
Whether you agree or not, this article may help you understand the issues and the importance of “counter factual assumptions”.


Tax Extenders Package Is Fundamentally Flawed” 20141125 CoB&PP

Forget the 1%, It is the 0.01 who are really getting ahead in America” 20141108 TE

Economists Say We Should Tax The Rich At 90 Percent” 20141022 HP
This could start a conversation at a party.

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan”  20141011 NYT
Maybe we can learn something from the Dutch.

CEO “Income inequality?  Check your facts” 20140928
“Every single group thinks the pay gap is too large.”  “You shouldn’t be having these arguments until you really know…”

The Benefits of Economic Expansion Are Increasingly Going to the Richest Americans” 20140926 NYT

Fears of Renewed Instability as Fed Ends Stimulus” 20140815 NYT

Can taxing the wealthy strengthen democracy?” 20140818 WP
Thought provoking article.

The Sorry State of Corporate Taxes – What Fortune 500 Firms Pay (or Don’t Pay) in the USA And What they Pay Abroad – 2008 to 2012” 2004 Feb. CTJ
“Robert S. McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, who compared it to catching a robber leaving the bank but letting him keep the money. “Everybody says we have the highest corporate tax in the world, but many corporations pay hardly anything.”

Estimates of Federal Tax Expenditures For Fiscal Years” 2014-2018″ August 5, 2014
Joint Committee on Taxation

A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth.  Here’s Why It Matters” 20140805 WSJ
A report by an apolitical organization, Standard & Poor’s (S&P).  S&P’s Rating services goal is to provide high-quality market intelligence.

Insights” 20131014WSJ

“The Mental Strain of Making Do With Less” 20130921TNYT
A study about the complexity of diets provides insight into povery.

“A Market Rebound That’s Defying Old Rules” 20120811TNYT
Paul J. Lim’s article notes that some think that investor selectivity in taking on more risk is a positive sign.  This said, they are not expecting a smooth ride to the end of the year.

“Think twice about becoming a landlord” 20120722CT
Some think this is the time to increase their wealth and/or income by becoming landlords.  This article discuses some of the pros and cons.

“Yes, Wall Street Can Reach Out” 20120616TNYT
This article is about an institutional brokerage firm that prepares disabled veterans for careers in finance.

“He Texts, She Tweets-Are They E-Compatible?” 20120703WSJ
Issues of our time.

“Stocks and the Economy, Singing Different Tunes” 20120421NYT
We have seen a dichotomy in the economy and the market.  Investors that buy and hold and have diversified portfolios “…can try to ride out the cycles.”

“America’s Place in the New World” 20120407WSJ
This is a provocative articles about the changes that are occurring in the world.

“The Other Arab Spring” 20120407NYT
Environmental, population and economic stress are also driving changes.  This article is thought provoking.

“Germany’s Hidden Risk” 20111225BB
Interesting perspective about the situation in Europe.

“To Rethink Government, Start Close to Home” 20111211NYT
Robert H. Frank discusses the need for government.  In his discussion of the DMV he concludes that “…the free enterprise system would quickly grind to a halt…” without decent government.  He asks, “If government is inevitable, why not try to create the most effective one possible?”  Thia article has a lot of food for thought.

“When Kids Come Back Home” 20111126WSJ
Ms Silver-Greenberg’s article highlights some DOs and DON’Ts about this increasingly common situation.

Will Cousins Cost You? 20111126WSJ
Ms Greene’s article discusses some issues that many people do not consider when doing their financial planning.

“Declining Savings Augurs Ill for Consumers” 20111123WSJ
Although the savings rate is higher than it was before 2007 there is evidence that consumers are savings less and consuming (spending) more.

“Voters Set Stage for Deficit Panel’s Partisan Failure” 20111122WSJ
Gerald F. Seib’s conclusion in his column is that we should not be surprised at the strong partisanship of the politians since the voters are rewarding (by voting for them) those that do not compromise their partisan principles and punish (by not voting for them) those that compromise. Until that changes dysfunction will continue.

“Income Ladder’s Sticky Steps” 20111112WSJ
This article discusses some of the ways to measure mobility.  It is more complicated that determined if income or wealth should be used or if an absolute measure or relative measure should be used.

“Can the IRS Access Your Emails?” 20111105F

“Deutsche Bank, BNP Among 29 Banks Facing FSB Capital Buffer” 20111104B
Financial Stability Board established higher capital requirements for systemically important financial institutions.

“For Clues to U.S. Stocks, Look at Greek Bonds” 20111106NYT
Jeff Sommer discusses that that changes in Greek Bonds impacts the volatility and direction of our stock market.

“The Problem With Flat-Tax Fever” 20111106NYT
This article by Robert H. Frank discusses why a flat will not be adopted.  Many may be surprised that he recommends a progressive consumption tax.

“Alan Simpson Takes on Grover Norquist, AARP” 20111102WSJB
Whether you agree or not, he raises issues that need to be considered.

“Why Our Candidates Disappoint Us” 20111030NYT
This article has food for thought for both major parties and others.

“It’s Consumer Spending, Stupid” 20111025NYT
This article looks to history to show that lower taxes on corporate profits will not lead to faster and better balanced growth.

“Hard Times” 20111025TE
“The economic slowdown has changed consumer spending in America.”

“Treasury: What over-regulation” 20111024P
Treasury Department has not seen any indication that regulatory uncertainty hurts growth”

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